Literary Heroinesliterary heroines

(Discover Character)
By  Suzanne Vicoryosmanson with increased book recommendations by Katie Cordy

(You may use any higher level requirement as an optional requirement.)


Preschool:  Do three requirements including the two starred.

Some recommended books for this level include:

  • Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
  • The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke
  • The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch
  • The Ladybug Girl series by  David Soman and Jacky Davis
  • Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
  • Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor

_____ 1.* Read (with help, if need be) a story where the main character is a heroine.  Discuss what is a heroine, and what makes someone heroic.

_____ 2.* Discuss ways you can be heroic in your own life.


Level 1:  Do four requirements including the two starred.

Some recommended books for this level include:

  • The Gardener by Sarah Stewart
  • The Magnificent Mya Tibbs by Crystal Allen
  • American Girl series by various authors
  • Eloise series by Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight
  • Madeline series by Ludwig Bemelmans and John Bemelmans Marciano
  • Pinkalicious series by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann
  • Ramona series by Beverly Cleary

_____ 1.* Do Preschool requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.* Read (with help, if need be) at least 3 different character’s stories and determine what traits each character displays that make her a heroine.  Find examples to support character values found in Quest.


Level 2:  Do five requirements including the two starred.

Some recommended books for this level include:

  • The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene
  • The Baby-Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  • Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull
  • Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr
  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Rowan Hood series by Nancy Springer
  • Enola Holmes series by Nancy Springer
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

_____ 1.* Do Level 1 requirements 1 & 2.  Read at least 5 stories.

_____ 2.* Even heroes have flaws. Discuss a flaw from each character. What did/can they do to overcome that flaw? How does recognizing flaws in a person’s character help to become a better person?


Level 3:  Do six requirements including the two starred.

Some recommended books for this level:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
  • National Velvet by Enid Bagnold
  • The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce

_____ 1.* Do Level 2 requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.* Learn about the setting of the book. Where a person lives can often play a big part in their character development. What types of physical circumstances contribute to the heroic makeup of these girls?


Level 4:  Do seven requirements including the two starred.

Some recommended books for this level:

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

_____ 1.* Do Level 3 requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.* Write a book report on one of the books you read and focus on the character’s heroic qualities.


Level 5:  Do 9 requirements including the two starred.

Some recommended books for this level:

  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Contact by Carl Sagan
  • Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson
  • Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • The Ventriloquists by E.R. Ramzipoor
  • Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Artemis by Andy Weir
  • The Lucky Sixpence by Emilie Benson Knipe

_____ 1.* Do Level 4 requirements 1 & 2

_____ 2.* Teach someone knowledge about this badge to someone.  You can teach children, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge. If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.


Optional Requirements:

_____ 3.  Make a poster to show off one of the characters’ heroic traits.

_____ 4.  Do a craft inspired by the character. For example: create an Eiffel Tower sculpture for Madeline, a cipher book for Enola Holmes, or Howl’s Moving Castle out of clay.

_____ 5.  Plan an event inspired by a character. For example, a Fancy Nancy tea party, a Little Women Maypole dance,  a sword fight from The Song of the Lioness, or an archery contest inspired by Katniss Everdeen.

_____ 6.  Write a short about a character in one of the books you read.

_____ 7.  Earn the Courage badge.

_____ 8.  Put together a book club to read and discuss a book with a literary heroine.

_____ 9.  Write a poem about your heroine.

_____ 10.  Do something that your heroine did in her book. For example Anne from Anne of Green Gables learned to make preserves. Nancy Drew decoded codes.  Jo from Little Women wrote stories and did dramatic plays. If you are feeling particularly adventurous, you could even learn to weld like Jazz in Artemis.

_____ 11.  Write your own story with a heroine as the main character.


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