My childhood hero was always Hermione Granger. From her bushy hair and buck teeth to finding comfort in putting her head in a book, she was just so relatable. Her struggles taught me how to overcome mine, and her successes made me feel that anything was possible.
So it comes as no surprise that Hermione Granger and other strong female characters are still just as inspiring to children today.
Recently writer Myke Cole posted an image to Twitter of a page from his niece's scrapbook that shows the kind of positive life lessons she has learned from empowering women in film and literature.
If that doesn't make your heart melt, then I don't know what else will. As of late the world has felt so troubled and bleak, but it's things like this that reaffirm my hope for the future.
Because it's cut off slightly, here are the full sentences written by Cole's niece:
"Katniss taught me to survive."
"Life in District 12 isn’t really so different from life in the arena. At some point, you have to stop running and turn around and face whoever wants you dead. The hard thing is finding the courage to do it." -Katniss Everdeen, Catching Fire
"Hermione taught me to reason."
“Actually I’m highly logical which allows me to look past extraneous detail and perceive clearly that which others overlook.” - Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
"Tris taught me to be brave."
"I don't belong to Abnegation, or Dauntless, or even the Divergent. I don't belong to the Bureau or the experiment or the fringe. I belong to the people I love, and they belong to me — they, and the love and loyalty I give them, form my identity far more than any word or group ever could." - Tris Prior, Allegiant
"Hazel taught me to hope."
"It occurred to me that the voracious ambition of humans is never sated by dreams coming true, because there is always the thought that everything might be done better and again” - Hazel Grace Lancaster, The Fault in Our Stars
"Éowyn taught me to fight."
"'What do you fear, lady?' Aragorn asked. 'A cage. To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire.'" - Éowyn, The Return of the King
"Merida taught me to fight for what I believe in."
"There are those who say fate is something beyond our command. That destiny is not our own, but I know better. Our fate lives within us, you only have to be brave enough to see it." - Merida, Brave
Even in times of trouble, we always have beloved characters like this to turn to when when need some inspiration.
(Source: Myke Cole, Twitter)