July 26, 2013

Girly Picture Books

When found out I was pregnant with my first, I was so excited to shop for baby stuff. But not knowing the gender til 20 weeks put a bit of a damper on that ...until I realized that I could still buy books! So I soothed my shopping urges at Barnes and Noble. I bought probably $300 worth of books in the first 4 months of that pregnancy! Then when I found it it was a girl, I happily switched to buying cutesy girl clothes.

But I still love to buy books. A perfectly smooth cover, unbroken spine, the excitement of a new plot. Food for little imaginations. I remember my mom saying that books were always a good purchase, and my parents did their best to buy us as many books as we wanted. My collection of 100+ Baby-Sitters Club books is proof! And all of the Little House on the Prairie books. Oh and American Girl books! I try to do the same for my girls. But lets be honest, it doesn't take much to convince me. My two little girls have quite the library!

Here are some of our favorites:

Fancy Nancy is my daughter's favorite series. My daughter likes that Nancy adores pink and frilly things. I like that she is polite, likes to use "fancy" words, and encourages creativity.

Eloise can be a bit of a ...brat. But we typically talk about her behavior throughout the book and whether Eloise is making good choices/being polite or not. The books are entertaining and easy to read.

I Had a Favorite Dress - This story is beautifully illustrated. Seriously stunning. The story is about a little girls dress and how her crafty mom modifies it as she grows up.

Pinkalicious is another favorite. My oldest had the first 5 pages of Purplicious memorized when she was only 2 years old. She never gets tired of Pinkalicious and her pink obsession.

Annie and Snowball - My daughter found these books at the library, and loves them. Annie loves frilly pretty things, the stories are sweet and simple.

Amelia Bedelia - A favorite from when I was younger! My daughter doesn't understand some of the references/jokes in these books, but she loves them nonetheless. These are a bit longer, be warned!

Princess and the Pea and other fairy tales - This collection of fairy tales are the best. I looked long and hard for the perfect set of fairy tale books. I wanted the text to be traditional, but easy to read, and the pictures had to be fun. We have almost all of these and are very happy with them.

Whatever Wanda Wanted - This was another library discovery, and we checked it out over and over again. (I need to buy it!). The pictures are fun, and the story is unique. I find myself quoting the book every once in awhile. "Got you, Wanda!"

Angelina Ballerina - Cute stories about a persistent little mouse who loves ballet.

The Rainbabies is a favorite from my childhood. These illustrations are mesmerizing! A sweet and imaginative story.

Imogene's AntlersI remember this book from Reading Rainbow when I was younger. I loved it. The idea that one day you could wake up and be different was fun to think about. My daughter loves it too.


Ladybug Girl - We love this imaginative little girl named Lulu.

What else should we add to our collection?


  1. Where's the Dr. Seuss books? Gotta have ten or fifteen of them too! Books never get old.... and the proof is the ten or twelve bookcases in our house. Great advise, Ky!

  2. My absolute favorite is A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon.