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brave, smart, strong girls in picture books for pre-K (age 3.5 -5)

A Listmania! list by cambridge reader "cambridgearea" (cambridge, ma United States)
The list author says: ""Books to read to your pre-schooler (girl OR boy!) with daring, spunky, spirited, smart female characters, challenging stereotypes. Target age: 3.5+ years old. (see my similar listmania list for toddlers age 1.5 y.o to to 36 mos) Haven't given detailed reviews for most yet b/c my daughter is a bit young for these and so i haven't read them to her and gotten her reaction yet. There are no princess books here- see my other list re: unconventional princess books if you are interested."
Boo and Baa Have Company
1.  Boo and Baa Have Company by Lena Landstrom
The list author says:
  "FANTASTIC SERIES"
Used & New from: $3.09
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Say Cheese (Charlie and Lola)
2.  Say Cheese (Charlie and Lola) by Lauren Child
The list author says:
  "The illustrations are original and beautiful, and the text fonts make reading more interesting. The stories are funny. My 3 y.o daughter enjoys them a lot.
Perhaps most importantly:  Lola is a spunky character with lots of imagination and interests (jumping in puddles, painting, etc.) and originality.  Not afraid to speak her mind."
Used & New from: $0.75
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Ladybug Girl
3.  Ladybug Girl by Jacky Davis
The list author says:
  "my 3 yr old daughter ADORES this book.  ladybug girl is very spunky."
$9.38   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World (Dragonfly Books)
4.  How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World (Dragonfly Books) by Marjorie Priceman
The list author says:
  "fantastic. my daughter adores it"
$7.19   Used & New from: $1.09
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

The Purse
5.  The Purse by Kathy Caple
The list author says:
  "fabulous.  dad does grocery shopping. girls learns about money."
Used & New from: $0.01
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Violet the Pilot
6.  Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen
The list author says:
  "spunky girl designs & builds her own planes & saves a pack of boy scouts. I don't like the way some of the boys are portrayed as bullies- too stereotyped -yet it's good to show her standing up to them/ignoring them. 3.5 y.o loves it"
$12.75   Used & New from: $8.56
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

Annie Flies The Birthday Bike
7.  Annie Flies The Birthday Bike by Crescent Dragonwagon
The list author says:
  "my 3 yo daughter adores this book"
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Grace for President
8.  Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio
The list author says:
  "Grace discovers that no women have ever been president, and decides she'll be president one day. The teacher decides to run a school-wide election for president to teach the kids about presidential politics - including the unfathomable electoral college!  a bit complex, and lots of text per page - Probably more appropriate for 5 or 6 year olds."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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A Perfect Father's Day
9.  A Perfect Father's Day by Eve Bunting
The list author says:
  "Spunky girl in shorts and t-shirt plans and executes a day-long adventure. Illustrations are hilarious. Dad is very patient."
$5.25   Used & New from: $0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

One Grain Of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale
10.  One Grain Of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale by Demi
The list author says:
  "it doesnt get any better than this! Girl is smart, mathematically inclined, honest, brave, and fair.  added bonus- story takes place in another country: exposure to another geography and culture."
$17.05   Used & New from: $3.55
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

Bean Thirteen
11.  Bean Thirteen by Matthew McElligott
The list author says:
  "very funny.  one of the main characters is female. some math concepts. 3.5 year old loves it"
Used & New from: $9.64
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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I Love Gymnastics
12.  I Love Gymnastics by Naia Bray-Moffatt
The list author says:
  "great book for encouraging girls to try sports. Shows group of 8 girls (a+ 2 boys) learning gymnastics. Kids look about 8 yrs old, but my 3 y.o. old loves looking at it.   Beautiful photography, informative text, (you can skim and choose which text to read)."
Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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I Love Tennis
13.  I Love Tennis by Naia Bray-Moffatt
Used & New from: $0.02
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Free To Be ... You And Me (1972 Television Cast)
14.  Free To Be ... You And Me (1972 Television Cast) by Marlo Thomas
The list author says:
  "the classic, the gold-standard"
$27.49   Used & New from: $0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (304 customer reviews)

Beverly Billingsly Borrows a Book
15.  Beverly Billingsly Borrows a Book by Alexander Stadler
The list author says:
  "girl loves dinosaurs, science"
$5.88   Used & New from: $0.01
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

The Lemon Sisters
16.  The Lemon Sisters by Andrea Cheng
The list author says:
  "one of the most beautifully illustrated books ever - gorgeous illustrative techniques combining drawing/paint and collage of actual fabrics.  Full of active girl characters: scooping, dumping, buying oatmeal, using imagination. Spunky elderly ladies travel far to celebrate a birthday. Beautiful interaction btwn generations, nice message about community."
Used & New from: $0.85
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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The Boy Who Grew Flowers
17.  The Boy Who Grew Flowers by Jennifer Wojtowicz
The list author says:
  "What a sweet book! The boy and girl are each a little unusual in their own way, but through a thoughtful gift and acceptance of each other they become friends and then life partners. A great lesson about treasuring our own (and other's) quirks and "disabilities.""
$12.75   Used & New from: $0.01
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Catfish Kate and the Sweet Swamp Band
18.  Catfish Kate and the Sweet Swamp Band by Sarah Weeks
The list author says:
  "boys like to read, girls are in a rowdy band, girls come up with a compromise solution to a problem. great rhyming lyrics"
$15.21   Used & New from: $0.53
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

BEST FRIENDS FOR FRANCIS
19.  BEST FRIENDS FOR FRANCIS by Russell Hoban
The list author says:
  "love the frances series for age 4+.  the parents are stuck in 1950's gender roles, but frances has spunk and the illustrations are great.  4 yo daughter loves the audio CD read by glynis johns."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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On Meadowview Street
20.  On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole
The list author says:
  "girl promotes environmentalism, ends up transforming the neighborhood."
$16.19   Used & New from: $0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Great Source Mathstart: Student Reader Game Time! (MathStart 3)
21.  Great Source Mathstart: Student Reader Game Time! (MathStart 3) by Stuart J. Murphy
The list author says:
  "Two girls' soccer teams test their skills during the championship game. Lots of energy and excitement.  As an added bonus, it introduces math skills (fractions) and time-telling concepts.  Love it! The book also has a guide for parents of time-study activities. age 4+"
$5.39   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

School Picture Day (Picture Puffin Books)
22.  School Picture Day (Picture Puffin Books) by Lynn Plourde
The list author says:
  "age 4+..age 5..my daughter is too young yet so cant give a good review"
Used & New from: $1.57
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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I Love Yoga (Yoga for Kids)
23.  I Love Yoga (Yoga for Kids) by Mary Kaye Chryssicas
The list author says:
  "great book for encouraging girls to try sports. Shows group of 8 girls (a+ 2 boys) learning yoga. Kids look about 8 yrs old, but my 3 y.o. old loves looking at it  and trying poses.   Beautiful photography, informative text, does not “talk down” to the kids, as some kids books on yoga do."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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The Adventures of Isabel (Poetry Telling Stories)
24.  The Adventures of Isabel (Poetry Telling Stories) by Ogden Nash
The list author says:
  "age 4. ..my daughter is too young yet so cant give a good review"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen
25.  Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen by Cari Best
The list author says:
  "very resourceful girl builds her own bike! age 5..my daughter is too young yet so cant give a good review"
$13.35   Used & New from: $0.26
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Christina Katerina and the Box
26.  Christina Katerina and the Box by Patricia Lee Gauch
The list author says:
  "Lots of repetition appeals to the younger ages."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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Louanne Pig in Making the Team
27.  Louanne Pig in Making the Team by Nancy L. Carlson
The list author says:
  "fabulous message, although the text and pictures a little bland."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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A Very Young Skier
28.  A Very Young Skier by Jill Krementz
The list author says:
  "age 3.5+"
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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The Best Story
29.  The Best Story by Eileen Spinelli
The list author says:
  "just the righht amount of text per page for a 3.5-4 year old, and exciting illustrations. Great message about persistence and finding your own voice, not to mention the love of writing and reading.  The supporting characters were a little too stereotyped for my taste (boy likes action books, females like romance and crying) but in the end the main character seems to synthesize all that so OK."
$13.03   Used & New from: $8.08
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

Let's Downhill Ski! (Sports and Activities)
30.  Let's Downhill Ski! (Sports and Activities) by Carol Lindeen
The list author says:
  "age 3.0"
$22.19   Used & New from: $12.03

Brave Charlotte (New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books (Awards))
31.  Brave Charlotte (New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books (Awards)) by Anu Stohner
The list author says:
  "(maybe a little TOO brave-- the hitchhiking part is not great) But very cute illustrations. age 5..my daughter is too young yet so cant give a good review"
$13.42   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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