Published on May 7th, 2014 | by Bright Kids Books0
Toddler books with strong female characters
As you’re no doubt well aware, most books for infants and toddlers are based around developmental goals. However, there are also a handful of books for this age group that feature clever, thoughtful, interesting and strong female characters. Girls doing – and dreaming – big, wonderful and audacious things. And while some of the books below are not ‘technically’ for toddlers… why not plant the seeds of equality and awesomeness as early as possible? These are our pick of the toddler books with strong female characters.
by Jacky Davis
All dressed up with everywhere to go, Ladybug Girl Dresses Up! is a charmingly illustrated book that follows Lulu (aka Ladybug Girl) as she embarks on a series of dress-up adventures. And though Lulu’s favorite thing to be is Ladybug Girl, she also loves to dress up like a fairy princess, a wild tiger, a secret spy… and more. A very strong female character for toddlers that dresses by her own rules!
by Jennifer Fosberry
Join Isabella as an ordinary day turns into an extraordinary adventure through history.
“My name is not Isabella!” says the child. She is Sally, the “greatest, toughest astronaut who ever was!” At breakfast she becomes Annie the sharpshooter, and then Rosa on the bus ride to school. When she gets home that afternoon, she is Marie, the scientist; then Elizabeth, the doctor; Mommy, the greatest mother; and, finally, Isabella again. She falls asleep thinking about who she will become tomorrow.
This heartwarming tale for toddlers empowers young girls to realize their true capabilities while inspiring them to let their own personalities shine.
by Janet Mary Sinke
Priscilla McDoodlenut Doodle McMae is a regular little girl – considered by some to be quite shy. But when two kings threaten to divide the people on the moon where she lives based on the color of their hair, she bravely asks “Why?”
Janet Mary Sinke has written in wonderful storybook rhyme a delightful take rich in meaning and simple symbolism. Through the courage of one little girl, the inhabitants of one tiny moon are forever changed because Priscilla dares to ask a simple word; why? A toddler book with a very thoughtful, interesting and strong female character.
by Eve bunting
The world is full of great things to be and do. This picture book features 26 girls acting out their aspirations – from Aliki the astronaut, to Zoe the zookeeper. Suzanne Bloom’s cheerful, vibrant illustrations invite girls to “dream any dream you want to dream.”
An inspiring way to learn the alphabet and a perfect addition to any toddler’s bookshelf!
by Neil Gaiman
A much-loved baby grows into a young woman: brave, adventurous, and lucky. Exploring, traveling, bathed in sunshine, and surrounded by the wonders of the world. What every new parent or parent-to-be dreams of for their child – what every girl dreams of for herself.
Bestselling author Neil Gaiman wrote Blueberry Girl for a friend who was about to become the mother of a little girl. Here, he and beloved illustrator Charles Vess turn this deeply personal wish for a new daughter into a book that celebrates the glory of growing up: a perfect gift for toddlers embarking on all the journeys of life, for their parents, and for everyone who loves them.
by Lucy Cousins
She’s fast, she’s slow, she’s messy, she’s clean — in this kaleidoscopic concept book, Maisy the mouse even changes her look from familiar to new as she demonstrates thick and thin, tall and short, young and old, wiggly and straight. With colors and patterns that leap off the page, this fresh approach to concepts makes learning about opposites irresistible.
by Aaron Becker
A lonely girl draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure and danger abound. Red marker pen in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon and a flying carpet which carry her on a spectacular journey …who knows where? In this exquisitely illustrated, wordless picture book, an ordinary child is launched on an extraordinary, magical journey towards her greatest and most rewarding adventure.
Last, but not least, here’s our final selection of toddler books with strong female characters
by Dallas Clayton
This truly is an awesome book! Based on the simple concept of dreaming big, An Awesome Book! is the inspiring debut work of Los Angeles writer/artist Dallas Clayton – who used to be a unicorn, but now writes kids’ books. An Awesome Book! encourages kids – both girls and boys – not to limit their dreams and to dream ‘… not a million quiet dreams’ but ‘a million dreams that roar’. The illustrations are creative and highly stylised – complementing the lyrical prose perfectly. Best of all, adults will love reading this over and over… whilst being reminded that they too have the capacity to dream big!