Like a lot of you lit-fans out there, our librarians have been starry-eyed over the recent film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel LITTLE WOMEN. Like any good adaptation, this movie has given us lots to talk about. Weighing our favorite moments from the book versus the film, judging the adaptation as a whole, deciding whether the new movie did our faves dirty. All this talk about the March girls had me thinking about what books I might recommend to the sisters. Here are my picks for Jo.
THE POCKET DARING BOOK FOR GIRLS
By Andrea Buchanan
From the first chapter of LITTLE WOMEN, we know that Jo is driven by her sense of adventure. This pocket-size version of THE DARING BOOK FOR GIRLS is filled with ideas to create, craft, explore, and discover. This is exactly the kind of guide that I can imagine a young Jo March devouring.
WRITER TO WRITER: FROM THINK TO INK
By Gail Carson Levine
What Jo needs more than anything else, is a good writing guide. This writing manual from the beloved children’s author of ELLA ENCHANTED is a great place to start. This writing guide is a children’s staff favorite – it offers a little more than a beginner’s guide might, and is a perfect home for Jo’s literary ambitions.
RAGE BECOMES HER: THE POWER OF WOMEN’S ANGER
By Soraya L. Chemaly
One of the most memorable scenes from LITTLE WOMEN is when calm, patient Marmee tells Jo that she also gets angry all the time – but she’s learned to control her temper. Though Jo tries to follow Marmee’s guidance, she never becomes as calm or patient as Marmee. I spent a lot of time thinking about which anger management guide to recommend to Jo before I had my epiphany – it’s 2020 and we don’t need to tell Jo March to pretend she’s not angry. There are a lot of things that women can be angry about, and in 1868 there were even more. Rather than telling Jo to control her anger, this book will teach her to harness her anger and promote change.
NOT FOR TOURISTS GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY 2019
By Not For Tourists
When Jo relocates from Orchard House to New York City she suddenly becomes a little fish in the Big Apple (as Pam from The Office might say). What Jo needs for this phase of her life is the definitive local’s guide to NYC featuring subway and bus maps, restaurant recommendations, and must-see experiences. Of course, most of these places weren’t open when Jo lived in New York, but who’s counting?
By Raina Telgemeier
To be honest, I’m not really sure how Jo would feel about graphic novels, but if she’s going to read one it might as well be one written by Raina Telgemeier. And really, who is more in need of a heartwarming story about sisters with a difficult relationship than Jo March? Raina and Amara’s combative relationship filled with jealousy, battles, and realistic sisterly love should ring familiar to Jo for its similarities to her relationship with her own sister Amy.