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

cambridge reader "cambridgearea"
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
Boo and Baa Have Company
"FANTASTIC SERIES"
Say Cheese (Charlie and Lola)
Say Cheese (Charlie and Lola)
"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."
Ladybug Girl
Ladybug Girl
"my 3 yr old daughter ADORES this book.  ladybug girl is very spunky."
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World (Dragonfly Books)
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World (Dragonfly Books)
"fantastic. my daughter adores it"
The Purse
The Purse
"fabulous.  dad does grocery shopping. girls learns about money."
Violet the Pilot
Violet the Pilot
"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"
Annie Flies The Birthday Bike
Annie Flies The Birthday Bike
"my 3 yo daughter adores this book"
Grace for President
Grace for President
"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."
A Perfect Father's Day
A Perfect Father's Day
"Spunky girl in shorts and t-shirt plans and executes a day-long adventure. Illustrations are hilarious. Dad is very patient."
One Grain Of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale
One Grain Of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale
"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."
Bean Thirteen
Bean Thirteen
"very funny.  one of the main characters is female. some math concepts. 3.5 year old loves it"
I Love Gymnastics
I Love Gymnastics
"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)."
I Love Tennis
I Love Tennis
Free To Be ... You And Me (1972 Television Cast)
Free To Be ... You And Me (1972 Television Cast)
"the classic, the gold-standard"
Beverly Billingsly Borrows a Book
Beverly Billingsly Borrows a Book
"girl loves dinosaurs, science"
The Lemon Sisters
The Lemon Sisters
"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."
The Boy Who Grew Flowers
The Boy Who Grew Flowers
"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.""
Catfish Kate and the Sweet Swamp Band
Catfish Kate and the Sweet Swamp Band
"boys like to read, girls are in a rowdy band, girls come up with a compromise solution to a problem. great rhyming lyrics"
Best Friends for Frances
Best Friends for Frances
"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."
On Meadowview Street
On Meadowview Street
"girl promotes environmentalism, ends up transforming the neighborhood."
Great Source Mathstart: Student Reader Game Time! (MathStart 3)
Great Source Mathstart: Student Reader Game Time! (MathStart 3)
"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+"
School Picture Day (Picture Puffin Books)
School Picture Day (Picture Puffin Books)
"age 4+..age 5..my daughter is too young yet so cant give a good review"
I Love Yoga (Yoga for Kids)
I Love Yoga (Yoga for Kids)
"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."
The Adventures of Isabel (A Poetry Speaks Experience)
The Adventures of Isabel (A Poetry Speaks Experience)
"age 4. ..my daughter is too young yet so cant give a good review"
Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen
Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen
"very resourceful girl builds her own bike! age 5..my daughter is too young yet so cant give a good review"
Christina Katerina and the Box
Christina Katerina and the Box
"Lots of repetition appeals to the younger ages."
Louanne Pig in Making the Team
Louanne Pig in Making the Team
"fabulous message, although the text and pictures a little bland."
A Very Young Skier
A Very Young Skier
"age 3.5+"
The Best Story
The Best Story
"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."
Let's Downhill Ski! (Sports and Activities)
Let's Downhill Ski! (Sports and Activities)
"age 3.0"
Brave Charlotte (New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books (Awards))
Brave Charlotte (New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books (Awards))
"(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"