Young girls are inundated with movies and books about princesses. The success of movies and books with princesses as main characters is mind boggling. However, many parents feel that an overemphasis on the princess side of the street may not be healthy. Recently stories have been published that emphasize strong girl characters, some fictional and some based on famous historical women. Purchasing these picture books for the little girl in your life will help give her a view of independent, self-sufficient women. Add them to a little boy’s bookshelf as well for the same reason.
My Name is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry
This award winning book follows a little girl, Isabella, throughout her day. Her identify changes to that of a famous, historical woman with each activity Isabella undertakes. She is Sally Ride, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie and more sending the message that girls can be and do anything they want. The appendix provides more detailed information on the lives and careers of the extraordinary women highlighted in the book.
Have Fun Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
With hilarious illustrations and rhythmic writing this book offers many lessons for young readers in a fun way. Molly Lou Mellon is happy with herself the way she is and shows readers that being different can be a good thing. She has an amazing imagination inspiring creativity. She also demonstrates how to be a good friend.
Ladybug Girl by David Soman
The Ladybug Girl series is a super-hero book based on a small girl. When Lulu dresses in her ladybug costume she turns into Ladybug Girl and doesn’t need her parents or big brother for entertainment. She demonstrates independence and imaginative, creative play. She gives the impression that she can do anything.
My First Little House Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Many adults grew up reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder books and now their young children can be introduced to Laura and her life through these picture books. Illustrated by Renee Graef the books show what life was like for Laura and her family and highlight experiences children can relate to such as a birthday or going to town.
Picture Books that show strong women are a nice addition to any child’s bookshelf. These stories are entertaining and will be enjoyed by boys and girls while sending the message that not all women should be viewed as a princess in need of saving.