Little girls and their princess fascinations…it’s bound to happen. Your daughter or niece becomes completely obsessed with those blinged-out, spoiled, little darlings and you’re stuck with the monotony of it all. Well, thanks to a mom who decided she wanted her daughter to know about real princesses with a bit more gusto and drive than your average damsel in distress, I went on the hunt and tracked down exactly what she needed.
This is frequently heard on the bookmobile. Not to stereotype our young patrons, but many four- and five-year-old girls are rather fond of princesses. Perfect, pink, pretty princesses, preferably the versions used as Disney’s® corporate spokesmodels. Finding princess books that will please a picky preschool patron can be problematic. There is a delicate balance to being a children’s librarian, where you want kids to experience the best books possible, feeding their growing brains with carefully crafted stories and magnificent illustrations, but you also want them to be excited about what they are reading, respect their requests, and not be a book snob. Therefore, I have developed a three-part strategy to address princess book requests:
“I want a princess book!”
- Offer a classic fairytale or traditional folktale that has the word “princess” in the title or a title that matches that of a Disney princess movie. Continue reading “‘But I want a REAL princess book . . .’”