I know what you are thinking, Heather disappeared for 10 days and she comes back writing about books for princesses? Does she remember this is a blog focused on raising boys?
I have good reasons, I promise! Before I get into that, I wanted to apologize for being MIA lately. I have been suffering from a combination of too-much-grading-to-do and a case of queasiness that comes every time I look at my computer…weird I know. As for the princess bit, although my boys are my little knights, they have plenty of princesses in their lives…and one of those princesses has a mommy who has requested a list of books that her little girl might enjoy. As I was prepping the list, I thought that there were probably some other moms of little girls looking for some fresh book picks.
The books I share do not all adhere to the “princess” theme in the traditional sense. In choosing “princess” books, I selected books with strong female characters with unique qualities.
1. Ladybug Girl (Soman/Davis) is a delightful tale of a little girl exploring the world around her.
2. In Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (Mo Willems), Trixie, a spunky toddler with an attachment to her stuffed bunny suffers heartbreak when her dad loses him at the laundromat.
3. What happens when a little girl eats too many pink cupcakes? Readers find out in the fun and girly book, Pinkalicious (Kann/Kann).
4. Parents can introduce their princesses to Fancy Nancy (O’Connor/Glasser), a book that develops children’s vocabularies while entertaining them with an irresistible, pint-sized diva.
5. Actress Julianne Moore helps motivate children to celebrate their personal differences in Freckleface Strawberry, the story of a little girl learning to “live with” her freckles.
6. In Miss Spider’s Tea Party, parents can help their children examine ways to make friends, even if their potential playmates are different (even different species!) than themselves.
7. Possum Come A-Knockin’ (Van Laan/Booth) is my personal favorite book to read aloud because of the rhythm of the text. Although it is not super girly, it tells the story of a chain reaction that occurs when a tricky possum knocks on the door.
8. No list for preschool and Kindergarten aged children would be complete without a book from the Junie B. Jones series (Barbara Park). Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus starts off the series which centers around a sassy Kindergartener who gets into all kinds of innocent trouble. Although some parents get annoyed by the authentic 5-year-old kid speak used in the dialogue in this book, I find it charming…and roll on the floor funny. I promise your child ages 4-6 will love it.