GIRL SCOUTS: Happy 100th Birthday!

In 1912, Juliette Gordon Low was inspired to found an organization for girls modeled on the Boy Scouts of America, which began in 1910 (both groups trace their origins to Lord Baden Powell’s Scouting organizations in Great Britain). One hundred years and millions of members later, the Girl Scouts are still going strong.  To all of those readers who have ever earned a badge, shared a campfire, or sold a box of cookies, here is a selection of books published in honor of Girl Scouting’s centenary.

Girl Scouts: a Celebration of 100 Trailblazing Years, by Betty Christiansen. 2011. 9781584799429.  (9-Adult)

This book is a valentine to anyone who has ever been part of the unique sisterhood of Girl Scouts.  The author combed the organization’s archives for photographs, letters, and documents to illustrate scouting history.  Many of the images have never been published before.  The book is organized by decade, showing how the organization has grown and changed over the past century.

Tough Cookies:  Leadership Lesson from 100 Years of the Girl Scouts, by Kathy Cloninger. 9781118000045. 2011. (10-Adult)

Girl Scouts has always been about tapping the leadership potential of girls.  This book tells how this 100-year-old organization has transformed itself for a new century and and new girl culture while retaining its core mission to develop girls with courage, confidence, and character.

On My Honor:  Real Life Lessons from America’s First Girl Scout, by Shannon Kleiber. 9781402267932. 2012. (10-Adult)

When Juliette Gordon Low was widowed in her fifties, she did not know what to do with her life.  She longed to make a difference and to work for the betterment of society.  Inspired by the scouting organizations founded in Great Britain by Lord Baden-Powell, and following the lead of the recently formed Boy Scouts of America, Low launched an organization just for girls.  She wanted to give girls the foundations of friendship, character, and leadership that would help them live meaningful lives.  This inspirational book brings “Daisy” Low’s timeless advice to a new audience.

The following three books are all biographies of Juliette Gordon Low, aimed at different age groups. There is something for everyone here.

Here Come the Girl Scouts:  the Amazing All-True Story of Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure, by Shana Corey. 9780545342780. 2012. (K-2)

First Girl Scout:  the Life of Juliette Gordon Low, by Ginger Wadsworth. 9780547243948. 2012. (4-7)

Juliette Gordon Low: the Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts, by Stacy A. Cordery. 9780670023301. 2012. (10-Adult)

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Guestblogger: Ann G.