MY NAME IS NOT ISABELLA: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream? By Jennifer Fosberry. Illustrated by Mike Litwin. For ages 4-8. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. 32 pages. $16.99.

Want to inspire your daughter to dream big? This tale of one little girl’s dreams offers role models and heroes for every little girl today.

Isabella goes through the day pretending to be great women in history. When her mother calls for her, she simply replies, “My name is not Isabella. I am Sally, a great astronaut.” Maybe she is Annie, a fast sharp-shooter, or Marie, a smart scientist.

All of the women she imagines herself to be are worthy of admiration and set a great example beyond actors and singers.

Girls will enjoy this book because of the sense of fun it provides. You’ll love that it encourages girls to dream big and find pride in themselves. Information about each of the important women in history is presented in the back of the book so you and your children can discover a little more about these heroes.

If you have a son, you might want to pick up “My Name is Not Alexander: Just How Big Can a Little Kid Dream>”

McGeath Freeman reviews children’s books for Lowcountry Parent magazine. To see previous reviews, go to