Empowering Gift Ideas for the 3-7 Year-Old Set
By: Heather Arnet
As a feminist with six nieces (all under 12 years in age), and the mom of an eight-year old, like many of you I am well aware that many girls still want princess-related presents come birthday and holiday time (thanks in large part to the Disney empire). While we celebrate the news that Disney has decided to stop making princess films, (and can only hope they start hiring some innovative women writers and directors to star dreaming up some smart fearless leading female PIXAR characters), their decision comes on the tails of their newest princess release “Tangled.” So, since this news may not impact the requests by your daughters and nieces this season, we have developed a very cool list of alternative princess-related and other cool girl books that speak to the theme, but in empowering ways. The books below are mostly illustrated picture books for girls ages 3 – 7; and, their titles alone should tell you that they will be a fun and empowering read for the young, dynamic, smart, fierce, funny, strong, complex and wonderful princess in your life.
Heather Arnet and everyone at the Women and Girls Foundation
“Princess Grace,” by Mary Hoffman ONE OF THE ONLY PRINCESS BOOKS with an African-American main character!
“Princess Smartypants (Hardcover),” by Babette Cole (Illustrator)
“To Space and Back (Paperback),” by Sally Ride (Author), Susan Okie (Author)
“Wonder Woman: Amazon Princess (Wonder Woman) (Paperback) ,” by Nina Jaffe (Author), Ben Caldwell (Illustrator)
“Good Queen Bess : The Story of Elizabeth I of England (Hardcover) ,” by Diane Stanley (Author)
“Madam President (Hardcover),” by Lane Smith (Author)