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."
"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."
"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"
"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."
"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)."
"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."
"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.""
"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+"
"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."
"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."