Matt and I are currently very excited as Jasmine’s favourite thing to do is read! Obviously, she isn’t reading! But she is constantly bringing us books to read her. I thought I would share some of my favorites – most of these are too old for Jasmine but she likes looking at the pictures and when she is a bit older I am sure she will love the stories! These are some of my favourites that are all about strong, independent women. I reckon Beyonce will be reading these kinds of books to her daughters ;-). There are now so many more children’s books that talk about inspiring women rather than Disney princesses compared to what was on offer when I was growing up. Having a daughter I think it is really important to fill her world with these stories more than those of classic Disney female roles. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Little Mermaid and other classics and we will be watching those in time but they don’t show a female lead I would want Jasmine to aspire to.
We went to an amazing story book telling in Hackney in the summer. The theme was diversity. The books were read by a transvestite who was amazing and captivating and all the books were about different types of families. It was great. I hope there will be more events like this we can take Jasmine to.
We were given this book by Rosie at work. I love it – it follows the stories of amazing women – the cover says it all – from Rosa Parks to Emmeline Pankhurst. The book is written by Kate Pankhurst – a descendent of Emmeline – which makes it all the more powerful. This year marked the 100th anniversary of the right to vote for women and we named one of our patterns after Emmeline as a little homage.
This series of books is so beautifully illustrated. They are a lovely collection of books – we have the Coco Chanel and the Audrey Hepburn – they make such great presents and look gorgeous on a book shelf! Not that this should be a big factor when choosing children’s books, but it helps! There is also a Frida Kahlo one which I must get Jasmine soon – but first I need to go to the V&A exhibition!
We don’t have this book but I have read aobut it – it is definitely too old for Jazzy at the moment but I can’t wait til I can read this to her. This is what they say about it:
What if the princess didn’t marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom? Illustrated by sixty female artists from every corner of the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Amelia Earhart to Michelle Obama. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don’t need rescuing.
Now doesn’t that sound like an amazing book?! It is also worth mentiong that they have a podcast too – check it out here.