Anna March’s Reading Mixtape #5: Rad Girls


We should all implant these terrific girls in our brains. Reading excellent kid’s books as an adult reveals the world to us in new ways, reminds us of childhood and teaches us about our young selves from a new perspective. Sometimes, we might even remember parts we didn’t even know we’d forgotten. These girls are rad informants. You’ll love ‘em.

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  1. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson




  1. Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon Maybe by Bette Greene
  2. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
  3. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  4. Nobody’s Family Is Going to Change by Louise Fitzhugh
  5. Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
  6. Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan
  7. A Girl Called Al by Constance C. Greene
  8. Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself by Judy Blume


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Anna March’s writing appears regularly in Salon and here at the Rumpus and her work has been widely published including in The New York Times' Modern Love Column, New York Magazine, VQR, Hip Mama and Tin House. Her essay collection, Feminist Killjoy, and novel, The Diary of Suzanne Frank, are both forthcoming and she is at work on two new books. She teaches writing workshops, mentors writers, is active in promoting literary community and is the co-founder of LITFOLKS in LA and DC. She lives in Rehoboth Beach and Los Angeles. Sometimes she has pink hair. Follow her on Twitter @ANNAMARCH or learn more about her at ANNAMARCH.COM. More from this author →