Ladybug Girl Rocks!

I live upstairs from a day care with three college age boys and it’s always chaotic at best. But anyway, today I had the day off from work so I went downstairs to play with the kids and a little girl asked me to read to her. So I grabbed a book from the pile and sat down. Turns out I grabbed an outstanding feminist children’s book!
It’s called Ladybug Girl by Jacky Davis and illustrated by David Soman. The gist of it is that a little girl dresses up as a lady bug and is told by her parents that she can do anything she sets her mind to. (Awesome so far) So she decides she wants to play baseball with her older brother but he tells her that she’s too little. Not to be stuck sitting around bored, she sets off with a true independent, feminist spirit to explore by herself! Granted she’s just walking around the woods but I think this book is sending a pretty good message to little girls. That yeah, they can certainly play with the boys if they want to; but they can also play independently instead of playing dress up and barbies all day.
All in all, 500 million stars for Jacky Davis for writing this rockin’ book. What a welcome break from children’s books like this.
PS- Best part of the book? “I’m too little? You’re too little!” Ladybug Gil talking to her brother and his jerk friends of course :)

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