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Hi everyone,

I’m in the midst of buying some books and DVDs for the daughters of a family friend. I’ve found some books, but I’m coming up short on ideas for TV shows (and movies). Do you have any recommendations for TV shows for girls ages 5, 9, and 13?

I want to get them to experience shows from different decades across different genres that are friendly to young girls and have female leads. I was thinking along the lines of shows like Madeline, Babysitters Club, and maybe Lizzie McGuire. Any recommendations would be great. Thanks in advance!

Hi everyone, I’m in the midst of buying some books and DVDs for the daughters of a family friend. I’ve found some books, but I’m coming up short on ideas for TV shows (and movies). Do you have any recommendations for TV shows for girls ages 5, 9, and 13? I want to get them to experience shows from different decades across different genres that are friendly to young girls and have female leads. I was thinking along the lines of shows like Madeline, Babysitters Club, and maybe Lizzie McGuire. Any recommendations would be great. Thanks in advance!

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[–] post_men_syndrome 8 points (+8|-0) Edited

TV: Avatar the Last Airbender. The first season is good with a few missteps, and the second introduces one of my favorite female characters of all time.

Movies: I'm not generally a big Disney booster, but Moana was very good. I guess they've probably already seen it though lol

Get them into Studio Ghibli if they're not already, they tend to have well developed female protagonists.

For this age range I'd start with Kiki's Delivery Service or The Secret World of Arrietty.

Princess Mononoke is my favorite but it's long and has some disturbing graphics. I'd say the average 13 year old would enjoy it, 9 year olds would be a toss up, and most 5 year olds couldn't handle it.

Thank you for the recommendations! It seems like some of the Ghibli movies are on HBO Max too so I’ll let them know so they can check them out there