Want to get a young girl into comics, with heroines that she can relate to?

Well, look no further! It doesn’t take long to find an awesome series to show young women that girls kick plenty of butt (or use their wits to get out of shenanigans) in comic books!

Recently, I was asked for recommendations on comics for a five-year-old girl that featured ‘female protagonists “that were fun and had adventures.“‘ Most of the comics I read are for an older audience, so I put an inquiry out and was blown away at fantastic recommendations that many friends shared. It was hard to narrow it down to fifteen, but I finally came up with a list.

Please note, while this list links to Amazon options, I highly encourage you to shop at your local comic stores instead. Bring your daughters, involve them, and pick up cool swag and other recommendations from the store staff!

Disclaimer: This list covers a range of young ages. Check it out and make sure what you select fits the bill for your kids. ūüôā

Recommendations (Ordered Alphabetically)

Brave Chef Brianna

#1 Brave Chef Brianna

Brianna Jakobsson works to impress her ailing father, but her only customers are monsters!
Author: Sam Sykes
Illustrator: Selina Espiritu

#2 Courtney Crumrin

This is a fan-favorite for folks who want to shake some Disney out of their fairytale adventures. Courtney is an isolated outcast at school, but when her parents move in with her Uncle Aloysius she discovers she can do magic.
Author & Illustrator: Ted Naifeh

It is also highly recommended that you check out Polly and the Pirates and Princess Ugg, also by Ted Naifeh.

Ladycastle

#3 Ladycastle

What are the women of a fantasy story to do when the king and his men die and are left to fend for themselves? Easy! Take up arms and kick butt themselves.
Author: Delilah S. Dawson
Illustrators: Ashley A. Woods, Rebecca Farrow 

Gotham Academy

#4 Gotham Academy

Who doesn’t love the DC ‘verse? Meet Olive, a student at Gotham Academy, a prestigious institution with lots of shenanigans and dark stories lurking before every corner.
Authors: Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher
Illustrator: Karl Kerschl

#5 Jem and the Holograms

Jerrica Benton is a girl with a secret–she, alongside her besties, transforms into Jem and the Holograms! Yep, a fresh new take on our favorite 80’s cartoon!
Author: Kelly Thompson
Illustrator: Sophie Campbell

Lumberjanes

#6 Lumberjanes

Five best friends won’t let supernatural misadventures get in the way of having an amazing summer camp!
Authors: Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis
Illustrator: Brooke A Allen

#7 Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

Lunella Lafayette is a genius who wants to change the world and finds herself matched up with… well, a giant red dinosaur sent to the present day!
Authors: Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare
Illustrator: Natacha Bustos

Ms Marvel

#8 Ms. Marvel

What list would be complete without Ms. Marvel? Kamala Khan is fangirl-turned-superhero in the Marvel Universe.
Author: G Willow Wilson
Illustrator: Adrian Alphona

Nimona

#9 Nimona

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter who aims to prove, alongside her partner-in-crime, that the “good guys” aren’t exactly what they appear to be.
Author & Illustrator: Noelle Stevenson

#10 Princeless

Adrienne Ashe challenges her parents, the King and Queen, and chooses to pursue her own destiny.
Author: Jeremy Witley
Illustrator: M Goodwin

#11 Scary Godmother

The spooky and whimsical adventures of Hannah Marie and the Halloweeny creatures on the fight-side of her bed!
Author: Jill Thompson
Illustrator(s): Various

Space Battle Lunchtime

#12 Space Battle Lunchtime

Earth baker Peony gets the deal of a lifetime when she agrees to be a contestant on the Universe’s hottest reality TV show, Space Battle Lunchtime!
Author & Illustrator: Natalie Riess

#13 Spider-Gwen

In an alternate Spidey-Verse, Gwen Stacy is Spider-Woman after being bitten by a radioactive spider instead of Peter Parker.
Writer: Jason Latour
Illustrator: Robbi Rodriguez

#14 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

A girl with the powers of a squirrel who fights crime. What more could you want in a comic?
Writers: Ryan North
Illustrator: Erica Henderson

A Wrinkle In Time

#15 A Wrinkle in Time

Yep, that’s right: there is a graphic novel version of this ground-breaking novel!
Author:¬†Madeleine L’Engle
Illustrator: Hope Larson

 

Good luck on your comic hunting! Let me know if you have any other recommendations in the comments. ūüôā