March 21, 2009

Books! Favourite books for girls

Here are a few of our favourite books for girls - ones that have both Mommy & Daughter approval! While C has a couple of Cinderella books (and loves them!), we generally try to read her books with a more empowering message.

These books aren't just for girls, of course!

I Like Myself - Karen Beaumont

This has fantastic, quirky artwork, and a wonderful message. "No matter if they stop and stare, no person, ever, anywhere can make me feel that what they see is all there really is to me."

The Paper Bag Princess - Robert Munsch

A castle, a prince, a princess, a dragon, a rescue... all the traditional fairytale elements. Oh, except that the princess outsmarts the dragon, rescues the prince, and then dumps him for being a jerk.
Robert Munch is C's favourite author, and this is one of her top picks.

That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown - Cressida Cowell

A really cute story about the adventures of a feisty little girl and her cherished rabbit Stanley - and the people who try to take him away.

Tummy Girl - Roseanne Thong

C likes the pictures and rhyme in this one, and I love it. It's so sweet, chronicling all of a little girl's stages.

Daddy's Girl - Garrison Keillor

Wow, look at all the pink books on this list! Our version is blue, but I guess they discontinued it. Anyways... this board book is a great gift to give someone as a shower gift or Father's Day gift. It's a sweet collection of Daddy/Daughter poems, and a couple of them are pretty darn funny! The diaper changing poem is the best - C can even recite it!

...but as far as Cinderella books go, this one is fantastic, and the artwork is beautiful!

Walt Disney's Cinderella - Cynthia Rylant and Mary Blair

Mary Blair created the concept art for the Cinderella film, and this book is a retelling of that story (in a slightly sadder, more grown-up way) using her artwork as illustrations. It's a long book, but C has been asking us to read it since she was about 18 months.

I hope your girls and boys enjoy them!


Mom and Kiddo said...

My son loves the book Paper Bag Princess and laughs when the princess calls the prince a bum! A "boy" book your daughter might enjoy is "Max" by Rachel Isadora... about a boy who goes to his sister's ballet class and loves it.

SkylarKD said...

We actually have that one and C loves it! I love the illustrations. She's a big basefall fan, probably due to her daddy's love of the game (they've "watched" the Blue Jays season opener together 2 years in a row now, lol). Another one she loves is 'Players in Pigtails' by Shana Corey, about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
Hmmm... maybe I'll write a post about sporty books!

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