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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published February 26th 2018
Dragons, squirrels, dinosaurs and raccoons
1. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, comics, comics with girl heroes, comics with dinosaurs

Luna Lafayette, girl genius, lives in New York City and has a Tyrannosaurus Rex for a pet. The writing is not the greatest, but maybe I'm just a little old for it. I do love the premise. It's so rare to find a comic feature young people of colour who are into science, and there's a dinosaur, so it's bound to appeal to kids.

2. Ms Marvel

Ms Marvel, Khamala Khan, comics with girl heroes, comics

Kamala Khan is an ordinary American teenager until one day she suddenly has superpowers. Now Kamala is Ms. Marvel.

Like Moon Girl, Ms Marvel features a non-white main character- this time a Moslem girl, the child of immigrant parents, as a superhero. It also has decent art, some snappy dialogue and great actions scenes.

3. Lumberjanes

Lumberjanes, comics with girl heroes, comics

Welcome to Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's camp for hard-core lady-types, a summer camp with a difference. The girls of Roanoke Cabin join forces to earn badges, fight the forces of darkness and learn about the true power friendship.

My 8-year old daughter and I are both in love with this series.There are girls of all shapes and sizes who solve puzzles and fight enemies using their brains and a wide variety of skills. Also, there is a live racoon worn as a hat. What's not to like?

4. Squirrel Girl

squirrel girl, The Unbeatable Squirrel girl, comics with girl heroes, Marvel comics, comics

Squirrel Girl is a girl with the proportional strength of a squirrel, a big fluffy tail, and the ability to communicate with squirrels. These attributes are far more useful than you might think. She's not called "the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl" for nothing. She's taken on Wolverine, Doctor Doom, Deadpool and even Thanos and beaten them all using brains rather than brawn.

This is another comic that my 9-year-old and I both enjoy equally. My only regret about introducing her to it is that I now have to figure out how to help her make a giant squirrel tail to wear to Comic-Con.

5. Princeless

Princeless, comics with girl heroes, comics

Princess Adrienne is locked in a tower guarded by a dragon. She is supposed to wait there to be rescued by a prince, but decides instead to escape with the dragon and travel the kingdom rescuing her sisters, the other princesses of the kingdom.

It's a fun story about a self-rescuing princess, who also happens to be black, and has a pet dragon (so not entirely unlike Moon Girl), suitable for readers 8 and up.
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