Toddler books with a positive female role model

(33 Posts)
tinypumpkin Tue 28-Jan-14 20:38:51

I wondered if anyone had any good recommendations for books for a two year old which show positive female role models. I have googled but it is always good to get personal recommendations. Thank you smile

2beornot Tue 28-Jan-14 20:41:06

Zog is the first one that comes to mind. I'll trawl through dd's bookcase and let you know what else I come up with!

Elletorro Tue 28-Jan-14 20:44:03

Rosie revere engineer

tinypumpkin Tue 28-Jan-14 20:57:57

Thank you. I have never read Zog although have heard of it many times. I'm not quite sure how I have managed to avoid it!

Never heard of Rosie revere engineer, sounds great.

Thanks again 2berornot & Elletorro

Anniemousse Tue 28-Jan-14 21:02:22

Alfie - an evening at Alfie's, the teenaged (female) baby sitter helps fix the leaky pipe.

Dogger - Bella is very kind, very good at sports and she and her mum wear funky 70's non-gendered clothes smile

Apple Tree Farm - "this is Mrs Boot, the farmer" Mrs Boot is also the guard on the train. There is a Mr Boot, but I'm not sure what he does.

Topsy and Tim and pretty gender neutral, iirc.

Most of our books are about animals, but some of the animals are strong females smile like Miffy (builds scooters, gardening with grandad, knitting with Grandma) or gruffalo's child (goes off exploring on her own, 'I'm not scared")

...is a gruffalo an animal? Anyway...

Then when she's older, my favourite, Pippi Longstocking!

Anniemousse Tue 28-Jan-14 21:03:48

Character books, like Octonauts and Fireman Sam, have some string female leads! Not so much thomas the tank though.

Anniemousse Tue 28-Jan-14 21:04:09

String leads?! strong

tinypumpkin Tue 28-Jan-14 21:05:07

Oooh thanks Anniemousse too. I read Miffy earlier to DD2 and it didn't cross my mind about her actually. How funny.

Some of those I have seen and not clicked about the role models which is a bit embarassing.

THanks again, will check out the first two as I have not heard of those before.

SoftSheen Tue 28-Jan-14 21:06:53

Zog is great.

Katie Morag series also very good.

threepiecesuite Tue 28-Jan-14 21:10:41

Rosie's Hat is a lovely book for a 2 year old. Rosie is a firefighter.

Me and dd love reading it.

freakydoris Tue 28-Jan-14 21:11:54

Rosie's Hat. Not a strong female role model exactly, basically she loses her hat on a windy day. But then years later she is a firefighter and rescues her own hat.

freakydoris Tue 28-Jan-14 21:12:33

Lol threepiece glad it isn't just me!

tinypumpkin Wed 29-Jan-14 20:00:20

Thanks again for all of your suggestions. I am spoilt for choose now smile

ctrlaltdel Wed 29-Jan-14 20:20:52

Maisy mouse books are lovely for toddlers and she is not a pink or girly mouse!

BingoWingsBeGone Wed 29-Jan-14 20:22:44

Princess Smartypants is hysterical but not a 'worthy' female lead grin

Cinderella's Bum

tinypumpkin Thu 30-Jan-14 21:00:02

Thanks for the additional suggestions. I am just amused by the title Cinderella's Bum. Off to check that one out along with the others. Maisy Mouse did not spring to mind but a good point.

Cheers ;)

Winnie the Witch?

headoverheels Mon 03-Feb-14 18:44:33

I was about to say Winnie the Witch but Blue beat me to it!

hairyfaerie Mon 03-Feb-14 18:46:18

Can't think of any which stand out in my mind- is that worrying or is it that my memory is not what it was since 3 children!

CMOTDibbler Mon 03-Feb-14 18:49:28

Harry and the Dinosaurs - its Nan, mum, older sister Sam and harry in the household, so mum and Nan do everything and in one book the girls at school play football equally

hairyfaerie Mon 03-Feb-14 18:49:46

Talking of Cinderella's bum I had to ask a librarian the other day for this along with do you have the Queen's knickers! Needless to say we both lol especially as the author was Nicholas somebody !

blackteaplease Mon 03-Feb-14 18:53:42

We have 'this rabbit belongs to Emily brown' its very good. Emily goes on lots of make believe adventures and stands up to lots of men who try to take her rabbit on behalf of the queen. Then she bollocks the queen and teaches her compassion.

Dd ready enjoys it.

rubyblue Mon 03-Feb-14 18:54:28

The Worst Princess is brilliant, funny and right on the case. She rejects the Prince to ride around on the Dragon having lots of adventures.

Try the website 'Mighty Reads'. It's American but you might get some books available here too.

bluebump Mon 03-Feb-14 19:02:19

Alex's bed, where Alex's mum builds him a bed herself having been to the hardware store to get all the bits.

CMOTDibbler Mon 03-Feb-14 19:04:29

Oh, and all the Emily Gravett books are luvverly, Monkey and Me has a girl protagonist .

Lovethesea Mon 03-Feb-14 19:09:42

The Night Pirates is lovely. All about a wee boy who joins a rough tough group of girl pirates who don't tell him to go away because he is 'just' a boy.

MrsDandBaby Mon 03-Feb-14 22:22:32

My DD is a huge tinkerbell fan - she has male & female friends, everyone has their role to play in fairyland which is ruled be the fairy queen - none of this waiting around doing housework till the handsome prince turns up!

tinypumpkin Wed 05-Feb-14 23:54:12

Loving the new suggestions too. Thank you.

headoverheels Thu 06-Feb-14 07:38:44

Barbar and the Wully Wully - it's a lovely story and Barbar's daughter Flora has a very positive role in it.

Daisybelle6 Fri 07-Feb-14 15:54:43

I would recommend 'The Worst Princess' by Anna Kemp... it's all about Princess Sue, who is fed up of waiting for her Prince Charming to arrive. However, when he does, she is not impressed and takes matters into her own hands! smile

Louise1956 Mon 24-Feb-14 00:30:35

The Trouble with Mum by Babette Cole is good.

Come Away From the Water Shirley and Time to Get Out of the Bath Shirley by John Burmingham are both very good.

Some of the Janet and Alan Ahlberg Happy Families series like Mrs Plug the Plumber and Miss Jump the Jockey.

Paintyfingers Mon 24-Feb-14 00:36:32

Female heroines doing exciting stuff:

Lola in Charlie and Lola
Meg in Meg and Mog
The Witch in Room on the Broom

Polly's puffin is a lovely book too - Polly has to find her lost puffin

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