Monday, June 12, 2017

Storybooks with Girl Characters: Part 2

Last time we talked about books with red-headed girls, today I will highlight three books with girls with dark hair.

1. Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon was written by Patty Lovell and illustrated by the amazing David Catrow. Published in 2001, this story tells about Molly Lou Melon, a very tiny girl who loves her grandmother and has an astounding sense of self. The book begins, "Molly Lou Melon stood just taller than her dog and was the shortest girl in the first grade. She didn't mind. Her grandma had told her, 'Walk as proudly as you can and the world will look up to you.'"

Molly Lou soon has to move; will her grandmother's advice see her though a new school and the mean Ronald Durkin? This book is so darling. The story is timeless and profound and the pictures are stunning with amazing colors and details. Every child should have this book in their library.

2. If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't by Elise Parsley is a darling book about a little girl who doesn't want to bring a sparkly rocks, a nest, or a hollow stick for nature show-and-tell day, so she brings an alligator. Unfortunately, the alligator keeps Madeline hopping all day trying to keep him out of trouble. The artwork will make even the most ornery adult laugh, and all of my grand-kids love this book. Great book for a budding zoologist or scientist.

3. Amazing Grace written by Mary Hoffman and beautifully illustrated by Caroline Birch is a book about Grace, a girl who loves stories and always casts herself as the most exciting character in the story. I like Grace's creativeness and her ability to see herself as being whatever she wants to be. She has an amazing Nana and mother who remind her that she can indeed be anything she wants.

Read to a child today even if that child is you. 

Michelle brought another stack of books over for the NICU babies. She is so generous to our project.

Link to our NICU book registry if you'd like to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit.

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