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Books for girls

DH and I love reading and our kids will hopefully inherit our love for books. So far, so good! But… all the books for girls are full of helpless princesses or wicked witches/stepmothers, its hard to find a book with a female lead character that isn’t an absolute pain in the butt (not to mention a rubbish role model).

So, I am on the hunt for decent books for little girls – ones that wont leave her feeling like life is all about marrying prince charming!

My friend Verity told me about Blueberry Girl, written by one of my favourite authors, Neil Gaiman and I love the words. Make me some recommendations for others 🙂

Blueberry Girl – by Neil Gaiman

Ladies of light
and Ladies Of darkness
and Ladies of never you mind
This is a prayer for a Blueberry Girl
First may you Ladies be kind
Keep her from spindles and sleeps at 16
Let her stay Waking and Wise
Nightmares at 3 or bad husbands at 30
These will not trouble her Eyes
Dull days at 40
False friends at 15
Let her have Brave days and Truth
Let her go Places that we’ve never been
Trust and Delight in her youth
Ladies of grace and Ladies of favor
And Ladies of merciful night
This is a prayer for a Blueberry Girl
Grant her your Clearness of Sight
Words can be worrisome
People complex
Motives and manners unclear
Grant her the Wisdom to chose her path right
Free from unkindess and Fear
Let her tell Stories
And Dance in the rain
Somersaults Tumble and Run
Her Joys must be high
as her Sorrows are Deep
Let her grow like a Weed in the Sun
Ladies of paradox
Ladies of measure
Ladies of shadows that Fall
This is a prayer for a Blueberry Girl
Words written Clear on a Wall
Help her to help Herself
Help her to Stand
Help her to Lose and to Find
Teach her we’re only as Big as our Dreams
Show her that Fortune is blind
Truth is a thing she must find for Herself
Precious and Rare as a Pearl
Give her all these and a little bit more
Gifts for a Blueberry Girl


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9 thoughts on “Books for girls

  1. janet on said:

    I thought of more:

    “Pirate Girl” by Cornelia Funke
    and the “Ramona” books = Ramona the Pest, Ramona and Beezus etc
    and “Princes Smartypants”
    and Princess Pigsty – also by Cornelia Funke, which even has a Princess Isabella 😉

  2. The Tough Princess by Martin Waddell

    “It was love at first biff!”

    I love this book as the princess is the one out slaying dragons and the prince is locked in the castle.

    When she’s older the movie Ever After would be a good watch and the Huger Games Trilogy would be great when she’s a teen 🙂

  3. oh – i love this so much! thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Rachael on said:

    Sorry doing a little bit of reading back… but this reminded me of another blog post so thought I’d share it here 🙂

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