Female hero books for toddler girl?

(46 Posts)
MademoiselleG Sun 11-May-14 09:07:34

As the title indicates, we are looking for good, feminist books for our dd - I say we, but really dh thinks it's totally ok that she grows up wanting to be a sparkly fairy princess in pink waiting to be rescued by a superhero ( obviously male) who will also save the world ( spew).

I am looking for something that a 2-3 yo could engage with and something that portrays female heroes but doesn't necessarily belittle men either, like some of these books do.

Any suggestions in other European languages (French, German or Spanish) welcome too.

WaitingForMe Sun 11-May-14 09:23:01

Watching this thread albeit for toddler DS.

pebblyshit Sun 11-May-14 09:25:01
drspouse Sun 11-May-14 09:38:31

Also watching!

sauvignonblacks Sun 11-May-14 09:40:38

Second vote for www.amightygirl.com

sassytheFIRST Sun 11-May-14 09:43:13

Paper bag princess.

drspouse Sun 11-May-14 09:45:15

Meant to say, we don't read or buy hero type books but Julia Donaldson's Singing Mermaid is a good one - the mermaid and her female friend rescue her, based on their own abilities. DS loves walking like a mermaid.

Nowitscleanugobshite Sun 11-May-14 09:54:02

I LOVE the paper bag princess too. It's one of the first books I read to my p1 class each year and I explain exactly why Elizabeth is my type of princess!!!

Dd is obsessed with the paper bag princess. Also got her the worst princess for her birthday yesterday but not read it yet.

Zog is good, paper dolls is beautiful and there are some good Dora books. She's an annoying little sod but always off on adventures and dd speaks some Spanish because of Dora.

LittleBearPad Sun 11-May-14 10:08:54

Try Zog. Princess Pearl doesn't want to be a princess she wants to be a doctor.

Paper bag princess is also good. Notably when she tells the prince to jog on (not in those words grin

Nowitscleanugobshite Sun 11-May-14 10:23:04

Ronald. You are a toad! And they didn't get married and live happy ever after! Or words to that effect!!! Go princess Elizabeth!!

Fideline987654321 Sun 11-May-14 10:28:19

Emily Brown books by Cressida Cowell are good. She is adventurous and a good problem solver!

MademoiselleG Sun 11-May-14 14:45:26

Some brilliant suggestions there - thank you ! Chuckling already at the thought of princesses who tell princes where to go, refuse to kiss the toad and want to become doctors. Brilliant!
(DH is less impressed...he'll live!)

Might get DD a superhero cape and laser-sabre now.

Is Dora ok then? I just dismissed it as it was pink / sparkly / has irritating theme tune / too much merchandising. Perhaps I'll give it another go...

TeamEdward Sun 11-May-14 14:57:36

My first thoughts were Paper-Bag Princess, and Zog too!

CatL Tue 13-May-14 18:30:56

Definitely Zog. Love it! The gardening pirates also good -gwen the cabin girl earns respect and becomes captain by growing delicious veg for them to eat! Actually, considering how many books I read to 4yo dd,am a bit concerned there aren't more that spring to my mind!
Btw I love Roald Dahl but just read Fantastic Mr Fox as one of dds 1st chapter books and was disappointed in how pathetic Mrs Fox is!

onceuponatimeintheeast Tue 13-May-14 18:34:43

The Worst Princess - she makes friends with the dragon who sets fire to the sexist prince's pants, then she and the dragon run off and live happily ever after causing mischief and mayhem.

Creatureofthenight Tue 13-May-14 18:39:37

The Daisy books by Kes Gray - think there's one called Super Daisy?

gamescompendium Tue 13-May-14 19:21:25

Emily Brown books by Cressida Cowell are good. She is adventurous and a good problem solver!

Agree with this. Madeline is fab (and there's a whole series), as is Handa's Surprise, Katie Morag (another with a whole series), Millie's Marvellous Hat. If not worried about species then the Maisy books by Lucy Cousins, also, Silly Suzy Goose, Simp, Borka, Rosie's Walk. To be very old fashioned I love the Flower Fairies because there are male and female fairies, and I learnt my wild flowers using those books.

There are actually shockingly few picture books with female protagonists, I suspect it's because so many picture books have animal characters and so of course all animals are male hmm. It does at least get better when they get older, lots of children's classics have female leads.

Ubik1 Tue 13-May-14 19:24:10

Pirate girl - cornelian funke

My girls love it

And when a bit older yes Clever Polly. I rather liked Milly Molly Mandy too

Ubik1 Tue 13-May-14 19:26:20

Our version of Tge Paper Bag Princess says: "Ronald you are a bum!"

Do we have a different version???

Ubik1 Tue 13-May-14 19:27:30

And of course Meg in 'Meg and Mog'

SkiSchoolRun Tue 13-May-14 19:32:21

Not all Princesses wear pink

My 2.5 yo dd loves the cBeebies Peter Rabbit animation. Lily Bobtail is cool. She's so clever and spunky. (She's Hermione for toddlers!)

SkiSchoolRun Tue 13-May-14 19:32:47

We have the bum version of Paperbag too

Iamnotachewtoy Tue 13-May-14 19:35:23

I have a book from when I was small called The Practical Princess and Other Liberated Fairy Stories. It's lots of short stories. It's out of print now but you can get it from eBay and other sellers. It was good, but from what I remember the Princes weren't up to much!

tumbletumble Tue 13-May-14 19:41:06

Winnie the Witch is fab for that age group.

Try Barbar and the Wully Wully. It's a lovely story and Barbar's daughter has a strong role.

PaulinesPen Tue 13-May-14 19:41:14

Maisy Mouse?

Ubik1 Tue 13-May-14 20:25:37

My girls fell about cackling when she called Ronald a bum. He did deserve it though.

GrassIsSinging Tue 13-May-14 20:31:29

Princess Smartypants

Strix Tue 13-May-14 20:46:01

Paperbag Princess!!! The American (bum) version. The british version totally mistranslates to meaning of "bum".

MademoiselleG Tue 13-May-14 20:57:24

Thank you for all your fantastic suggestion!

DD very aptly demanded I read her the "sparkly fairy's gran comes to tea - a glittery strawberry scented book for girls" followed by "Hello Kitty's magical castle day" - or something similar. Both books were gifts, I hasten to add. Definitely time for springtime clearing: out with the old, in with the new!

Katie Morag books - for when she's a bit older
That rabbit belongs to Emily Brown (I've just recommended that elsewhere as well - I'm not on commission, honest!)

OublietteBravo Wed 14-May-14 13:29:48

How about 'Ingenious Jean' by Susan Chandler (about a little girl being an inventor).

TheNightIsDark Wed 14-May-14 13:32:21

The Daisy books by Kes Gray are brilliant. There's picture books and chapter books.

Bearwantsmore Wed 14-May-14 13:33:49

Julia Donaldson's The Princess and the Wizard is a good one where the princess rescues herself.

Bearwantsmore Wed 14-May-14 13:34:32

And the illustrations are lovely and sparkly too ;-)

traviata Wed 14-May-14 13:34:50

Rita the Rescuer, again, for a bit older

Also came on to say Zog
The older sister in Dogger is clever and kind and solves all the problems herself whilst also winning rosettes!

nilbyname Wed 14-May-14 13:39:20

Awesome! I'm heading to waterstones right now!

drinkingtea Wed 14-May-14 13:43:15

The Night Pirates.

CrushedVelvet Wed 14-May-14 13:44:39

For something a bit different, how about
Millie's Marvellous Hat
Eliza & the Moonchild.
Neither overtly anti-princess, but good books with female leads, both espousing the power of the imagination.

drinkingtea Wed 14-May-14 13:48:45

Oops 'The Night Pirates' is about "rough, tough, little girl pirates and their shipmate, Tom" (they meet Tom when they steal the front of his house for disguise). Strong girls in leaderdhip roles but not at all anti boy (they out-smart grown-up pirates). DS2's favourite book for about 6 months at age 2, suited to 2-4 year olds.

Cinderella's Bum

gamescompendium Wed 14-May-14 19:58:52

The Bog Baby is lovely and has 2 female friends in it. I think there's a follow up, the King of Tiny Things or something like that.

Britchic Fri 16-May-14 22:13:55

I recommended this on another thread…. a new book called Marmaduke the very different dragon. It's got a princess called Meg in it who is very un-princessy and doesn't care about being different - great role model. HTH.

MademoiselleG Sat 17-May-14 15:16:19

Thank you all for the suggestions, some amazing ones there!

So far, I've bought
The paper bag princess - accidentally got a toddler version but it's actually brilliant and seems to be dd's new favourite book. Love the ending, made me laugh so much!
Princess Smartypants: again, what a brilliant ending! Dh not so convinced but I love it and so does dd.
Zog: fantastic. Love the drawing too.

More to come I am sure!

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