Three Great Storytime Books for Little Girls
In the past few months, my twin girls have gone from looking at a book while we read it to them to really studying a book, asking questions and following along. I have also become more aware of the books we are reading, and I can't help but notice that so many books have a male main character. I wanted some balance and some interesting female characters in my girls' rotation of bedtime stories, so I did a little bit of searching. It was not as easy as I hoped.
Here are a few of our favorite finds:
It's a beautifully illustrated story of a charming little girl who wears a crown but rides a scooter and challenges her parents about bedtime. Her parents calmly (admiringly) tell her that it's OK if she's not tired as they guide her through the bedtime routine. "Then she snuggled deep as a bear, the deep-sleeping bear, and like the strong tiger, fell fast... asleep." It's a charmer.
I was drawn to this one because of the name, of course. It was a gift for my little Sadie, and it is such a delightful book that I love it for all of my girls. Sadie is a little girl who dreams of and creates adventures. You want to live in her world. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful too. "Sadie's wings can take her anywhere she wants to go. And they always bring her home again."
I initially shied away from this book because of "princess" in the title, however, I am glad that I read on. It's a charming and classic story about a princess who uses her wits to outsmart a dragon who has captured her prince. When she frees him, she learns he's not so charming after all, and she stands up for herself. "'Ronald,' said Elizabeth, 'your clothes are really pretty and your hair is very neat. You look like a real prince, but you are a bum.'" Mic drop.
What books do you love for girls?