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Books for three year old girls

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UncleSteve Sun 20-Oct-13 16:38:08


My niece's birthday is coming up and I'd like to get her some books. She loves stories and we have a lot of fun reading them together.

I'm sure you've all noticed that, with Christmas coming up, the telly is full of adverts for toys. My niece is becoming more perceptive and she will tell us which toys she wants for her birthday. She will say she wants things like dolls and princess related toys. If an ad for a toy aimed at a boy comes on (cars etc...) she will say she doesn't want those because "they're for boys"

It concerns me a bit that, even before her third birthday, TV advertising can shift the opinions she has of herself.

Could anyone recommend any good books suitable for her age which involve female role models doing cool stuff and having adventures?

I'm sure its fine and pretty normal that she likes princesses and dolls, I'd just like to maybe show her that girls have other options too

Thanks smile

FruitSaladIsNotPudding Sun 20-Oct-13 16:45:08

My 3yo loves anything to do with Dora the explorer and she's not at all princessy.

Books wise, she loves Quentin Blake's books, again, no princessy girls there.

mewkins Thu 24-Oct-13 21:30:06

Jack and the flum flum tree has a good character Rose who goes on the adventure (although isn't the main character)..the princess and the Wizard also has a clever princess (no mention of beauty etc, she uses her brain to escape! )

leavesalmondoutofit Thu 24-Oct-13 21:48:19

Not sure about the age group but Pippi Longstocking is a feisty wee independent character. There is a series of stories.

happydutchmummy Thu 24-Oct-13 21:49:21

My 3 year old dd loves the tony Ross little princess books. Yes, she is a princess, but thankfully not a stereotypical Disney type damsel, but rather a fun, mucky, non hair brushing, puddle jumping, cheeky little girl who has simple yet funny 'adventures'. The illustrations are great too.

blueberryboybait Thu 24-Oct-13 21:49:38

DD loves the Emily Brown books.

wearymum200 Fri 25-Oct-13 18:49:44

Pippi Longstocking a bit old for 3yo; Lotta books also by Astrid Lindgren are aimed at younger audience.
I would go for Katie Morag, perfect for this age, little girl doing ordinary, not just little girl, stuff. Pictures are great, lots to talk about.
Zog by Julia Donaldson has a princess, but she becomes a doctor. James Mayhew's Katie books are also fun.

Smartiepants79 Fri 25-Oct-13 18:54:55

Yes, Katie Morag is great.
Nick sharrat does some lovely books good retelling of fairy tales and the books with Daisy in show a feisty little girl.

BettyandDon Fri 25-Oct-13 18:59:56

Blue Kangaroo series highly recommended.

eightytwenty Fri 25-Oct-13 19:02:50

You must must must get her Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson. It's is an absolutely charming, and beautifully illustrated story of a girl playing with her paper dolls, and what happens when nice things come to an end.

yawningbear Fri 25-Oct-13 19:12:36

Agree Paper dolls is really sweet! I got a little choked on the first read. Also Paperbag princess has a great message and Katie Morag is a lovely wee character.

MarianForrester Fri 25-Oct-13 19:19:36

My Naughty Little Sister stories

Milly Molly Mandy

Anna Hibiscus

The Night Pirates

Meg and Mog

Winnie the Witch

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