Great books for girls
There are loads of great books out there. For the purposes of this post I’m interested in finding books which give a positive image for girls.
My wife and I can put our hands up here. We bought Galla a collection of Hans Christian Anderson fairytales for Christmas. I read “The little mermaid” to her and was struck by how sad the story was. I wondered what sort of message it was giving my little girl.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe classic fairytales should be included in any child’s library. But in a lot of them, like the Little Mermaid for example, the heroine is subservient and her main goal in life is to pine after a handsome prince. On the flip side the heroine, Gerda, of the Ice Queen strives through adversity to find and rescue her friend, Kai.
Favourite books in our collection
Galla loves reading and we have a big collection of books, here are a few that I think are particularly good reads for girls in particular without forcing their message too strongly.
- Zog and the flying doctors (Julia Donaldson/Axel Scheffler)- We must have the entire collection of Julia Donaldson books, they are all excellent reads. The latest story of Zog is no exception.
What I like about it is that Princess Pearl doesn’t want to be stuck in a castle wearing a pretty frilly dress and sewing pretty cushions. She wants to be a doctor and travel everywhere. When your little girl is as obsessed with Disney princesses as Galla is, then this is a welcome break from the norm.
- Izzy Gizmo (Pip Jones/Sara Ogilvie)- Now I’m a particular fan on this one.
Not only is Izzy a clever inventor of things, she also tries, tries and tries again despite being really frustrated when things go wrong. Galla is always saying “I can’t” when I try to get her to do something a little bit difficult for her; putting shoes on, getting dressed etc. I want to show her that she can, she needs to understand that she can do whatever she wants to do if she puts her mind to it.
- Daisy’s Big Dig (Angie Morgan) – This was a lucky find in one of those packs of books you pick up for a fiver from a book sale.
I love this story, it’s about a little girl who gets all her neighbours to help out her elderly next door neighbour. The message about community and talking to one another is really subtly brought over. I’m not a fan of books which over moralise or try to force their message down your throat which is why I love this one.
- Molly Maybe and the Monster Mission (Kristina Stephenson) – Once again a lucky find in a pack of books we bought. We liked the author so much we bought her Sir Charlie Stinky Socks books which I can also thoroughly recommend.
Again a book with no particular moral or message, just a little girl who has amazing adventures when she travels to the monster world of Undermunder. You can only get there in the Mundervator which she has in her tree house, brilliant. Who wouldn’t want a tree house that has a lift that takes you to a magical monster world??
These are just a four of our particular favourites that have girls as the lead character.
What are your favourites? I’d love to discover some more.