I don’t have children so I don’t often shop for children’s books. Yesterday I went to Barnes & Noble to shop for books for a family friend who is a 12 year old girl. What I found were shelves of books promoting vanity, consumerism and sex. The titles were things like Gossip Girl and Cheetah Girls. After reading the cover summaries it seems that in order to encourage reading in our teen girls we have to expose them to the promotion of celebrity worship, buying designer handbags, gossiping about your friends, and having sex to be popular. Has anyone experienced the same problem or know of empowering books for teenage girls?