Most children's books are very gender normative. When asked, "Where are your girl books?" or "Where are your boy books?" I reply, "There's no such thing! All books are for all people!" But you likely know what they mean--"girl books" are pink and feature princesses and fancy dresses and "boy books" include warriors or ninjas and excellent adventures. It's always exciting to find books that don't fall strictly into those categories.
Three recent picture books broaden the scope for girls:
Using the familiar tune of "Mary Had a Little Lamb," Mary Had a Little Glam
tells the story of a girl with panache! Her love for accessories and glam leads her to sprucing up her classmates and community. But full frill isn't always appropriate, particularly for the playground where dress-up must be tossed aside for play clothes showing the reader that "sometimes less is more!" A fun story with a diverse cast and fairy tale tie-ins.
What does beautiful look like? Does it require the flair and glamour of Mary? Beautiful
says no! The text is paired with illustrations that turn the idea of beauty on its head--"Beautiful girls move gracefully"=sports and "Beautiful girls know all about makeup"=pirate gear. From music lovers to tree climbers, all girls are beautiful! Diverse illustrations and a wider diversity of activity make this book a treat for all.
Just because you're a girl doesn't always mean you have to be the princess! Some days are meant to be dragon days! Would You Rather Be a Princess or a Dragon
explains the differences between princesses and dragons allowing the reader to decide which she'd like to be. A twist at the end will make this story one you'll be asked to read over and over again.
If you are looking for gifts or read-alouds for a little girl in your life you'll want to give these empowering books a look! Click on the pictures of each book to find them at your favorite ACPL location.