Wednesday, October 8

Inspiring Girls: books for 4-7 yr-olds, part 2

Take a look at Part 1, including my personal criteria for my choices.

Odd Velvet
Velvet is confident in who she is and what she likes in spite of her peers.
One Grain of Rice
Positive thoughts on greed, courage, and cleverness. Big fun numbers for the young, and the mathematical principle for the older ones.
Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen
Sally Jean grows too big for bike. By collecting old bicycle parts to make a new bike - and giving her old bike to a young friend - she rides again. Resourceful, active, generous.
Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian
A beautiful portrait of a 13 yr-old girl, Maria Sibylla Merian, who made the world realize that insects and summer birds were not evil.
Flossie and the Fox
A wily fox meets his match when he encounters a bold little girl in the woods who insists upon proof that he is a fox before she will be frightened.
Abuela's Weave
A story about family, responsibility, and life in Guatemala.
A Dragon's Tail (Jane and the Dragon)
Jane has no interest in being a lady-in-waiting. It's a knight's life for her! My 5-yr-old adores this series. On DVD too. My only reservation is the bickering between friends and siblings, but it's not worrying.
Pink is Just A Color and So is Blue
Despite what you teach them, they'll pick up ideas from the world around them. Like my girl insisting that boys would look silly in pink when she was 3!
Willow refuses to be stifled and in the process she enlightens her teacher on creative freedom.
Marty McGuire
Marty McGuire would rather spend recess catching frogs in the pond than playing dress-up with the other girls. Her teacher casts Marty as the princess in the class play, but Marty makes it her own.
Only Opal: The Diary of a Young Girl
Written from the notes of an 8yr old girl that has an endearing sense of the world and all its living things.
The Girl Who Loved Caterpillars
A young woman resists social and family pressures as she befriends caterpillars and other socially unacceptable creatures.
Tua and the Elephant
In Chiang Mai, Thailand, a clever little girl befriends and helps an elephant. Nice for only children too.
Katie Morag's Island Stories
Both Katie and her Grannie are resourceful, active, useful females on a Scottish Island. 4 stories in one.
Claire and the Unicorn Happy Ever After
Claire's father reads her stories with characters that always live happily ever after. Claire suddenly wondered, What, exactly, makes someone happy forever?

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing! My daughter is two, but we will definitely keep these on our list for the future. It can be hard to find stories about strong girls who don't just want to be princesses!


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