No Damsels in Distress

I realize there are lots of kids out there that love a feather boa, tiara and a sensible pair of heels. I understand that tons of boys and girls enjoy a fairy tale with a prince rescuing a princess and living happily ever after.

But on behalf of all the independent girls who hate pink, I object. I don’t need to be rescued, thankyouverymuch, and I don’t want to make young girls think they need to sit around waiting for a prince or a party or permission to be creative.

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses” by Ian Falconer was my whole inspiration for this article! In this latest book in the Olivia series, there are too many ruffly, sparkly princesses around, and Olivia has had quite enough. She needs to stand out! I loved Olivia’s smart and unconventional ideas of what she could grow up to be.

I have loved Jane Yolen’s books for a long time. She is an incredibly prolific and talented writer and she continues to put out great books. “Not One Damsel in Distress,” her collection of traditional tales from various parts of the world, features fearless, heroic and resourceful women and is a must-read for any adventure lover!

For more titles, take a look at our list of books that celebrate everything girls are: smart, fun, sassy, athletic and fearless.

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