I’ve partnered with Queen Girls to promote diversity and positive content in children’s books. They have created a collection of fairy tales, inspired by the lives of real women – Marie Curie, Isadora Duncan, Savitri Phule, Bessie Coleman and Frida Kahlo. I have not been compensated for this post. All opinions shared are my own. Read to the end for your free copy of a Queen Girls story and activity book.
Today I am excited to tell you that Queen Girls is launching a whole new series of books written to empower young girls! I only share with you the things I love most and this is one of them! I love the illustrations, the language and the stories. Most of all I love sharing these age appropriate true life stories with my own girls. I hope it plants the seed that they can be and do anything they want to in life.
Meet The Queens
This new book series includes 5 new stories about Frida Kahlo, Savitri Phule, Junko Tabei, Isadora Duncan, Bessie Coleman & Marie Curie. These are the souls behind this collection.
Each book combines reality with elements of fantasy, captivating the attention of our youngsters while at the same time showing them the power of determination. These fairy tales are geared at girls aged 4 to 8, definitive years where perspectives are sharply defined. They show our girls that anything is possible if we set our minds to it! Queen Girls wants to stir the conversation around stereotypes in children’s literature. More often than not, women are portrayed simply as exotic beauties, love seekers and homemakers.
‘We believe that as parents, we need to be more conscientious about the content we read to our children. Story telling is an intimate, powerful and often underestimated privilege. It is not just about acquiring new vocabulary, but also instilling ideas and perspectives that will support our girls’ dreams. Telling them new stories will hopefully change theirs.’
Queen Girls is a collection of books for CONSCIOUS families, for parents who are aware of the importance of the content we consume and read to our children.
Diversity is at the core of this collection. Every woman portrayed comes from a different walk of life and diverse background. The writers and illustrators are also unconventional. Jimena Durán, Founder and Creative Director, intentionally invited different women to be part of this adventure, hoping to create alliances beyond stereotypes.
‘We want to teach girls that our diversity makes each one of us unique beings, equally capable of doing anything we set ourselves out to do!’
How Queen Girls was born
As a new mom, Jimena started paying closer attention to children’s literature. She found herself changing the lyrics of songs and books because their messages didn’t always resonate with her. She did not feel comfortable delivering much of the content to her son and wanted to do something about it. Her sister in law, Andrea Doshi, Co Creator, speech pathologist and passionate traveler, didn’t hesitate to jump into the adventure. Together they brought this concept to life with their first, co authored book, ‘Bessie, Queen of the Sky’ (image above).
How to get involved?
The first book was printed thanks to a supportive community and successful Kickstarter campaign. They are now running a second Kickstarter campaign with 5 new titles! They need all the love you can give them to make their dream to publish this collection a reality!
Learn more here: Queen Girls Publications
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The Whatever Mom is a twin mom learning to let go of perfection. She shares her real life struggles with parenting through her blog and contributes her time and talents as a writer to Hudson Valley Parent and Masshole Mommy. When she isn’t writing you can find her chugging coffee, folding laundry and not judging other parents. Don’t forget to subscribe via email so you never miss a blog post again! You can also find her work featured on Mamapedia