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So DH and I have some out-of-state friends who have a little boy who's about two.  Apparently the male half of the couple -- we'll call him Joe -- doesn't like for their son to call him by his first name.  Of course, whenever Joe gets irritated about something, what does his son say to him? 

"What's the matter, Joe?"

*g*

Personally, I can't wait for the day our future kids run around telling anyone who'll listen that, "Boys have a penis, girls have a vagina!"

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Since I've been able to feel the baby moving around for the past 2 weeks or so, I decided it was time to start reading to her.  Given who her parents are, it's probably unlikely this kid won't love books.  But if the unthinkable happens, it won't be because we didn't try, damn it. :P So sometimes I've just read her snippets of whatever article or book I'm reading.  Then I read her her first actual kids' book one night when DH was traveling for work -- Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss.  It's a pretty inspirational little book. :) 

So, since I know there are lots of other parents, aunts, librarians, readers, and friends of children out here in LJ-land, I thought I'd ask if you all have any kids' book recs for me.  You don't need to worry about the age or reading level; I can sift through the list and save "older" books for later.  Oh, and if anyone knows of a book of feminist fairytales (i.e. fairytales that don't all consist of women being rescued by charming princes), I'd be much obliged.  The world will teach our daughter all sorts of tough lessons soon enough; we'd like to try to teach her that girls and women can take care of themselves and pursue their own destinies.  

Thanks, guys! : )
 





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de-lurking "just this once" to say a belated congratulations on your pregnancy and to recommend a few books -- my all time favorite is Harold and the Purple Crayon but as it's heavy on pics and light on text, you may want to wait 'til the baby arrives before sharing.

Also, The Snowy Day was a big hit in our family as was Corduroy, the story of a stuffed bear who gets left behind (*spoiler alert* -- heh).

And for the feminist in you and your daughter, the CD Free to Be You and Me is TERRIFIC. Yes, it's old but great songs and wonderful lessons about ability not being confined to one gender.

Enjoy!

Thank you for the wonderful stories you write -- I'm always delighted when I see you've posted something new.

Aw, I love Corduroy! And The Pokey Little Puppy is a classic.

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When I was a wee one, I remember reading a delightful little fairy tale called The Ordinary Princess: http://www.amazon.com/Ordinary-Princess-M-Kaye/dp/0142300853

While I'm not sure it could be considered "feminist" per se, I do remember preferring it to a lot of the sugar-coated fairyfluff that I grew up being surrounded with.

And of course, there's always Anne. :)

"Snow White and Rose Red" is a classic among the "girls who save the day" fairytales. Sure, there are princes, but they're all cursed and the girls must be the heroes. And this story is hundreds of years old!

Also, "Cupid and Psyche" is very much a fairytale, despite it actually being mythology. Sure, there's technically a "prince rescue," but only after Psyche's worked her ass off to gain everything. She works for her blessings and her immortality, whereas most fairytale princesses just...well, lie there and take it. *cheeky grin*

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ditto on the ones avid1reader mentioned--"free to be you and me" especially. and i adored "corduroy". i also loved "the greek myths" by the d'aulaires, for music and books ("the nutshell library") you have to check out maurice sendak and carole kings "really rosie"--i still sing those songs and read the stories to my little nephews. "make way for duckings" and "blueberries for sal" are 2 wonderful robert mccloskey books. "ferdinand" is one of my all time faves and is a beautifully drawn book too. for older kiddos, the little house books by laura ingalls wilder are perennial faves of mine that i still re-read. don't let the tv show make you think that's all they were about! you can still get a subscription to cricket magazine too for when your tadpole is older. i still have mine saved from when i was 7. "from the mixed up files of mrs. basil e frankweiler" is a wonderful girl-centric story. "the phantom tollbooth" and all the l. frank baum stories are wonderful--i think we started reading those when i was 4 or so. oh and there's a fabulous new liitle kid one called "gallop" which uses cool book technology to make the pictures move. also "hug" is good--bobo the monkey is looking for a hug--very picture heavy--pretty much the only text is the word hug. almost any of the seuss books is still a good way to go as you already know. but there are odder less well known ones like "the tooth book" and "hand hand fingers thumb" that are fun too. and don't forget "goodnight moon" and "runaway bunny" also "pat the bunny". of course you will most likely receive those for shower gifts since they are the classics.

a really fun way to spend some time is to go online to powells.com and just wander through their online kids section. they have a tremendous selection of classic and newer books for kiddos. and sometimes you can find them used online. i think they're easier to use than amazon. plus as a portlander, i'm supporting a local business. and finally, the library is really amazing--we get tons of good books from them and they're free!! plus it's fun to just sit and peruse. whew. i think i may be fresh out of ideas.

oh have fun!!!!
hugs,
julia

*This* girl (waves) loved reading so much when she was a kid that her mom once thought about getting her to the doctor thinking about any hearing impairment. She was *so* concentrate that wouldn't get out of the book world. Once her mom asked if she was hearing well, and she answered: "Yes, I DO hear you, it's only that I don't listen to you".

After high school or so, I've never read a book again. Don't ask me why, it's just that I lost it. I open a book and get bored only by thinking of reading it all. :( When someone asks me: "Have you read...?", my answer is: "Did Kellogg's write it? Then no".

So, if your kid happens to like reading, don't let her quit it.

Anyway, I don't know if this helps, but my niece loves Pocoyó since before she could say a word.

I've been reading history books for my little girl, it was bound to happen since I've been working on my thesis ever since before her conception so, so mostly that's what I've been reading - it hasn't been alot but there you have it.

Even more so though I've been playing music for her. The way I've done it is that I've had my iPod in one ear and the other earbud pressed to my belly. It's been all sorts of music that I've been playing - one night i did a nice mix of all my favourite tracks by The Doors which at first I think woke her up and then she seemed to clam down and just gave me tiny jabs now and again.

Most of all though I'm constantly talking to Blyp telling her random things like how her Daddy will be home soon or how I'm trying to sort through some things at home or maybe singing a bit for her (poor child but hey I like singing even if I don't do it well)

My favourite kids' books were The Rainbow Fish and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. They're kind of old now, but pretty awesome. (I never read Dr Seuss as a kid, but I guess these were the equivalent for me.)

Can't think of any particularly feminist fairytales, but Politically Correct Bedtime Stories might make you smile a little. (Not sure it's child appropriate though. *g*)

My favorite books when I was a young child were the Frances series, by Russell and Lillian Hoban. Frances is a badger, and in the books she learns all kinds of valuable life lessons. I just looked them up on Amazon, and they're available in audiobook format too!

OMG! Totally loved Frances... there's one we had about her getting a new baby brother...
wOw! just so clear in my mind right now... she was hiding under the table or something.
thx for the memories!

My Dad was always a pretty firm disciplinarian so I never would have even considered calling him by his first name. Now he's a pastor so I still wouldn't be able. Got nothing against it though.

My parents mostly made up stories when I was young, they had pretty crazy imaginations. When they did read to us though it was mostly Robert Munch, which I love since he teaches at the University my brother attends, or Dr. Seuss. Out of all the Robert Munch books "love You Forever" is my favourite even though I've cried every time I've read it for as long as I can remember.

Can't really help you out on the feminist fairytales though. You're an excellent writer, you could probably come up with some good ones:)

I well recall walking from one end of the house to the other (when my daughter was very small and prone to screaming blue bl**dy murder in the wee small hours) with the baby clasped against one shoulder and a copy of White Fang in my other hand reading aloud to try to soothe her.

Book Recs:

For younger children the Lynley Dodd books are lovely (beautifully illustrated and with a wonderful use of language and rhyme). My personal fave is 'Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack' - how can you not love a book that includes the word skedaddled?

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's 'The Gruffalo', 'The Gruffalo's Child' and 'Room on the Broom' are all worth buying.

For older children, I love the Debi Gliori series about the Strega-Borgia children (Titus, Pandora and their baby sister Damp) and their very strange managerie (including a rat, a dragon, a crocodile, a yeti and a gryphon).

Oooh, and Isobel would probably think it most remiss of me if I forgot to mention Terry Pratchett's 'Where's My Cow?'. She was 5 when it came out and we went through the typical phase where it was the only book that she wanted read at bedtime, to the point that she could quote large sections of it.

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Em hears Goodnight Moon every night-- it has a very soothing rhythm that gets her right into sleepytime mode. Her attention span is such that we still stick mainly to short books, and a couple other favorites are Guess How Much I Love You and Snuggle Puppy.

I'm a huge fan of children's books, and although I don't have kids I have a *ton* of books. So I may get back to you later if any more come to mind, but my favorites to read out loud are any by Shel Silverstein and Dr. Suess. My favorite series was always the Trixie Belden series, although out of print now you can probably find tons in paperback on ebay. And I always loved anything by Beverly Cleary, particularly the 'Ramona' books.

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Llama Llama Red Pajama is quite possibly one of the cutest books out there for kids. I read it to my little (and little bigger) ones in therapy all the time. Plus, it will keep you entertained as well!

There's another one on the tip of my tongue, but I just can't remember it. I went to B&N search it and promptly lost the name. I'm sure I'll be back when I remember it! :)

'possum magic' by Mem fox was always a fave of mine.
'Shoes From Grandpa' also by Mem Fox.
'The Magic Pudding' by Norman Lindsay.
'Snugglepot and Cuddlepie' by May Gibbs.

there are so many I can't even think of them.. lmao.

oh and a late congratulations on your bundle of joy.. :D

Books:

Anything by Maurice Sendak, obviously
books by Chris Van Allsburg, especially his earlier picture books
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Harold and the Purple Crayon
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Madeline
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
books by Arnold Lobel
Make Way For Ducklings & Blueberries for Sal both by Robert McCloskey. Highly recommended
Tuesday & June 29, 1999 both by David Weisner

I could esaily rec another 100 picture books. These go up to about age 5, I'd say as some are fairly sophisticated

Read aloud books:

The original (not the crappy Disney versions) books by A. A. Milne
Winnie The Pooh
The House at Pooh Corner

The above are the classic stories

When We were Very Young
Now We are Six

These are his two books of poetry featuring Christopher Robin and friends. Some of these poems I've remembered for over 40 years. My kids loved all 4 books. Do yourself a favor and get the boxed set.

Chapter Book
The very first real chapter book both my children read was "Half Magic". It's the first chapter book I read too and I loved it so much, I went out and bought it when I found out I was pregnant.

As far as the penis and vagina comment, when my neice was three, she proudly went up to every kid in her nusery school class and announced "you have a penis" or "you have a vagina" depending on gender. Every mom there wanted to kill my sister. My sister simply smiled at my neice and siad, "that's right!".



Hello, long time lurker first time commenter (you're brilliant btw - and one of the few people who can write bones and booth without completely losing the characters). Congratulations on being pregnant. :)

I agree with others above that Rainbow Fish, the Hungry Caterpillar, Dr. Seuss books and Robert Munsch books (I really liked Purple, Green and Yellow because I loved the illustrations) are all great and when I was older I really loved From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwieler.
I also liked Berinstein Bears books, which there are a ton of (although I think the new ones aren't as good) and Aurthur books (same story).

There are books called Girls to the Rescue, there are about 6 volumes and they're all 10 short stories about ordinary, clever girls who save the day. They're not fairy tales exactly (although some of them do have magic) but they're cool stories. Also they're about girls from all over the world so you get to learn about other places while learning feminist values. :)

I could probably give you a page after page list because I loved reading when I was little (still do, but that's neither here nor there). I'll limit myself to the following though:

1. The Cat Who Wore a Pot on Her Head

2. Any of the Nate the Great books (I think this is where my love of mysteries began)

3. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

And, I'm not sure if I said it before, but congrats on your pregnancy!

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs = FANTASTIC.

The Little Critter Books by Mercer Meyer were some of my favorites growing up. He did some later in conjunction with his daughter or niece or something, but the original ones by him are the best.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
I Love You, Good Night by Jon Buller
Panda Cake by Rosalie Seider
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

My brother really liked the Richard Scarry books, Busytown and the likes. Every little kid needs some Little Golden Books :) Winnie the Pooh is a must have. Oh and when she's older the shoe books! They're by Noel Streatfeild. My favorite was Theater Shoes :). Also for when she's older, The Dear America Diaries. They're the fictional diaries of fictional and nonfictional girls from different times in history.

Hm, *looks at the other comments* I reckon you've probably been given enough recs by now, lol.

What a great idea! Nothing like a big bunch of mom's to know what kids might like (I wish I'd had a resource like this when I was starting out...good thought!)

Books that come to mind immediately for me:
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The Very Hungary Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch (this one will make YOU cry...)
The Sandra Boynton board books were de rigeur in this household -- Moo Baa La La La (this one was the #1 fav.), But Not The Hippopotamus, The Going to Bed Book, Blue Hat Green Hat, Barnyard Bath and more
The Corduroy series by Don Freeman
Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin (this one is hilarious for the parents too....the cows go on strike on Farmer Brown because they are cold at night and want electric blankets and duck is the arbitrator....very, very funny...)

How about "The Paper Bag Princess?" I can't remember if it's of a feminist nature, or not. But it's cute. Oh my. I used to know so many.

Yes, I remembered correctly. The princess rescues the prince in "The Paper Bag Princess" by Robert Munsch, the princess rescues the prince, who was a big ole wimp, and ungrateful to boot! And they do not live happily ever after, and the princess is quite glad about it! Ha ha ha ha hah!!!!

There was a more adult version of The Paper Bag Princess that you might like: the short story "Petronella" by Jay Williams. I's not 'adult' as in sex, but it's longer, isn't illusterated, and isn't nearly as 'cute'.

It's part of the anthology Don't Bet On the Prince, edited by Jack Zipes, which is all made up of adult-style, femimist, fairy tales (rather along the lines of Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling's Red as Blood series of anthologies but not as horror driven).

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Aw. I should have read the comments. Someone already recced "The Paper Bag Princess." I also heartily recommend Susie Mrgenstern. She writes in French, but her books have been translated. "Secret Letters from 0-10" is a lovely story, and so is "Princesses are People, Too." Secret Letters is a bit older than what you want now, but it's a very cute book.

okay, my $0.02...

Olivia by Ian Falconer
Harold and the Purple Crayon
Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (def for older kid)
Giraffe and a Half by Shel Silverstein
anything by Eric Carle is good - we like 1,2,3 To The Zoo and Have you seen my cat?



Sometimes they can top the 'penis, vagina' bit. When he was about 3yrs old, I caught my son touching himself--when he saw me, he said 'look, mom! when I do this, it gets big!!' I just died laughing :)

Book recs? Anything and everything. Just make sure they're always accessible. My son is 4 1/2yrs and LOVES books--he's been able to read basic words like cat and dog and ship for almost a year now. The one book that he really enjoyed--that kicked off his reading--was The Book of Dinosaur Opposites. And Kiss Goodnight is also a good one--and a great excuse for many kisses :)

All I can say is make it fun, and she'll love it. Doesn't matter what it is.

I have a few book rec's for you and your daughter (congrats again!) Being 15 with young siblings and cousins (and volunteering at a preschool!) has me reading children's books at least twice a week.

Anything by Sandra Boynton. She's absolutely amazing and to this day "Moo, Baa, La La La" is my FAVORITE kid's book ever.

Also, for the holidays, it's not exactly a child's book, but "The Littlest Angel" is a good one. I'm afraid I can't remember the author, but http://www.geocities.com/Athens/acropolis/6182/thelittlestangel.html will let you read it online. I myself recommend getting the book because the illustrations are beautiful.

Best wishes, your husband and the baby! :)

As I was a small child not too long ago and I still occasionally pick up my books and read them, I'll give it a go. I don't want to go too overboard though, so I'll post more later if you want.
I ADORED all of the Magic School Bus books. I used to think that I would get Miss Frizzle as a fourth grade teacher. I was so disappointed when I got someone else instead.

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood

Anything by Eric Carle.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Harold and the Purple Crayon (Crockett Johnson)

If you give a mouse a cookie (Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond)

Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Money Tree by Sarah Stewart and David Small

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz







For when she's older:
Shannon Hale, Gail Carson Levine (strong heroine fairytale person. Her book, Ella Enchanted, was an amazing version of Cinderlla), Crown Jewel series, Phillip Pullman

Anyway, I went a little overboard. I'll probably post again though, because children books are the BEST




i am so bummed i wasn't the first one to recommend "the paper bag princess!" http://www.amazon.com/Paper-Bag-Princess-Classic-Munsch/dp/0920236162/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1223441001&sr=1-1 that is TOTALLY a feminist fairy tale! It's SO AWESOME!!! I also love "Oh the places you'll go" and "love you forever." http://www.amazon.com/Love-You-Forever-Robert-Munsch/dp/0920668364/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1223440893&sr=1-1 Love you forever is one i buy for every baby born in our family and my extended "friend" family.

two that we bought when my cousin and his fiancee had their baby were "guess how much i love you" (which i think you would LOVE) http://www.amazon.com/Guess-How-Much-Love-You/dp/1854303872/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1223440724&sr=1-1 and "who wants a cheap rhinoceros" http://www.amazon.com/Wants-Cheap-Rhinoceros-Shel-Silverstein/dp/0027826902/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1223440767&sr=1-3 WHICH IS HYSTERICAL. Rhino is by Shel Silverstein -- i'm not sure if you know who that is, but he did "The Light in the Attic" and "Where the Sidewalk Ends" and "The Giving Tree" he's amazing. Our 2nd grade teacher used to read us a few of his silly poems every day. :)

I think I have a few reccomendations. My mum read to me a LOT when I was a kid, and she has like this vault of books stored up. Apparently I REALLY liked the Six Wonders of Wobbly Bridge and the House that Sneezed.

Plus, I thought most of this post was unbelievably cute and I'm very happy for you. (:

My kids adore Dr. Seuss at the moment... Joe is obsessed with Green Eggs and Ham and I find it enormous fun to read. You can really get all dramatic and excitable the more of a pest Sam I Am becomes ;)

My two also adore Charlie and Lola. Have you see the BBC show? I know you get it over there as Space says her kids love it. They have books for it over here too, the stilted child-speak in them is adorable. Email me your address and I will send you some, they are that cute! I must share!

When I was a bigger child I remember my dad reading the Narnia series to me, and The Hobbit. I remember being enthralled. Sophie recently picked up Winnie the Pooh.. the proper book, not the Disney smaltz. She is a precociously (spelt?) good reader!

For in-womb reading, I'd recommend anything with a great story, where you can really get into being expressive and exciting. Ooh.. happy times! My dh used to play techno to our two, but that's another story ;)

PS. Just remembered another book my two love right now.. We're Going On A Bear Hunt .. it's a fun book :)

Ooh ooh ETA: Guess How Much I Love You *dies of the adorable*

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She is a precociously (spelt?) good reader!

I wonder where she got that from? *g*

My mother is absolutely obsessed with giving people books for their children, since she is convinced that people do not read enough. Consequently, all of my fave books from childhood are fresh in my memory, since I see them all the time. And babysitting. That opens up this generation of children's authors.

Young Books:
Chika Chika Boom Boom (Bill Martin Jr.)
Pat the Bunny (Dorothy Kunhardt)
Llama, Llama, Red Pajama (Anna Dewdney)
Make Way for Ducklings (Robert McCloskey)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle)
The Missing Piece (Shel Silverstein)
any of the 'Little Critter' books

Older Books:
Babysitter's Club books
The Boxcar Children series
Dear America / Royal Diaries - these made history so much more bearable
Tamora Pierce books! She writes for teens, but I read them at about 11 or 12 and loved them. Nice introduction to the various ways to embrace both being a girl and getting your dream.

Whoops, I'm gonna be late.

Oh. You asked for book recs. Oooh.

You must understand that children’s picture books are a bit of a tradition in my family. This tradition continues to develop even though my brother and I—the babies of the family—are both in our twenties. My mother is still in a concentrated effort to collect a copy of ever Newbery and Caldecott nominees, ever, and you just try to get me out of the children’s section in a used bookstore.

Some specific favorite stories and authors of mine, all of which I believe have aged quite well, are:

Paul Goble is a storyteller of Native American legends. His The Girl who loved Wild Horses was the very first book I remember being given.

Tomie dePaola is an illustrator of great renown. His Charlie Needs a Cloak and The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush are such favorites of mine.

Bill Peet writes such wonderful, quirky stories with quite sound morals. I remember his How Droofus the Dragon Lost his Head (hey, you try being a dragon who only eats grass) and Cyrus the Unsinkable Sea Serpent the best.

Jan Brett is a fantastic illustrator. She’s usually known for her Christmas-themed stories, but track down her Fritz and the Beautiful Horses.

Steven Kellogg, the author and illustrator, is not to be confused with Stephen Kellogg, the musician. You must find his book, The Boy Who Was Followed Home. Hint: by hippopotamuses.

Paul Fleischman is known for his incredibly creative stories, and his Westlandia is my favorite.

Kevin Henkes is a new illustrator for me, but I fell in love with his books Chrysanthemum and Kitten’s First Full Moon.

AND I also recommend a book that seems tailor-made for your request for feminist fairy tales:

The Serpent Slayer: and Other Stories of Strong Women by Katrin Tchana and Trina Schart Hyman.

And I can’t help it; I recommend these story collections too:

The Stolen Appaloosa and Other Indian Stories by Paul M. Levitt and Carolyn Roche.

Magical Tales from Many Lands by Margaret Mayo and Jane Ray.

And I’ll stop now, but keep in mind that these recs are only just for picture books. We haven’t even gotten to the Newbery side yet.

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I don't know much about books for younger children - I recently bought my five-year-old nephew 'Wolves in the Walls' by Neil Gaiman, which I think is a great picture book, but my sister hasn't read it to him yet because she thinks it would scare him too much!

I really love Robin McKinley's books, particularly Beauty, The Blue Sword and The Hero in the Crown, which are probably suitable for 10 years upwards. She's also done a couple of short story collections that are re-workings of traditional fairy tales.

The Terry Pratchett childrens books are great too, especially the Tiffany Aching series.

Eeep! I must de-lurk for books. I have noticed most of my recs for little ones have been mentioned, although I should add that my favorite Seuss book was actually "Horton Hatches and Egg" ("I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant is faithful, one hundred percent.") My brother and I loved 'The Monster at the End of This Book' starring Grover of Sesame Street fame. Also, 'Charlotte's Web' and 'Trumpet of the Swan' *sigh*

Also:
"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"
"House Without a Christmas Tree"
"Keeper of the Isis Light"
"Winter of Magic's Return" and "Tomorrow's Magic"
"Dragonsong" and "Dragonsinger"
Jane Yolen's "Pit Dragon Trilogy"
"A Wrinkle in Time" and it's sequels
The Dark is Rising series
"Harriet the Spy"
"Sideways Stories from Wayside School"
"Julie of the Wolves"
"My Side of the Mountain"
"Beauty: A Retelling of the Story Beauty and the Beast"
Honestly I could keep going, but I wouldn't be sure I was getting the titles correct.

I didn't read through the rest of the comments, so forgive me if this is a repeat, but one of my favorite books of feminist fairy tales is called Don't Bet on the Prince by Jack Zipes. My little girls at Girl Scout camp LOVED it and begged to be read to from it. I think it's awesome that you're going to try to subvert the dominant messages to girls. Allow me to put in a plug for a good Girl Scout program -- it, combined with my mom, made me the feminist I am today.

I also love Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type. Funny, funny, funny, with beautiful illustrations, loved by one of the best former 4-year-olds I know.

Ok, I see that someone else recc'd this book, but allow me to clarify -- the first half of the book is appropriate for little kids, the second half are for adults. But the first half is excellent.

OMG!!!!!

Well... the thing about this is that the first book that sprung to mind was so brilliant because of it's illustrations. Duh. But I will re-rec to you when child is old enough to appreciate, um, the visual. Opening Night, I'm fairly sure is the title. I handed it over to my cousins a few years ago and stole it back recently because I loved it so much and they're too old for it now.

I would totally go for the Angelina Ballerina books. Just because.... well... NO THEY'RE FABULOUS! And inspirational in a quiet way :)

And The Hobbit. I know it's not a little, little children's book but mum read it to me when I was 6 and I loved it. Also along those lines, The Turf-Cutter's Donkey books by Patricia Lynch. There could be three or four, The Turf-Cutter's Donkey: An Irish Story of Mystery and Adventure, The Donkey Goes Visiting: The Story of an Island Holiday, The Turf-Cutter's Donkey Kicks His Heels and Long Ears. I'm a bit sketchy on the details.

But definitely and absolutely for sure, The Turf-Cutter's Donkey Goes Visiting. I cannot even explain. Definitely. Please. I beg of you.

All I can think of for now, must get back to uni stuff anyway. Blergh.

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