The Guardian rounds up half a dozen brilliant picture books where girl characters defy stereotypes: Princess Daisy and the Dragon by Steven Lenton; The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp; The Princess and the Pony by Kate "Hark! A Vagrant!" Beaton; The Fairytale Hairdresser, by Abie Longstaff; Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood; and the forthcoming I'm a Girl!, by Yasmeen Ismail.
Finding books like these was my major pre-occupation when my daughter was born — the writeups by Imogen Russell Williams make these seem amazing!
A splendid antidote to dainty, glittery steeds is also coming soon from Walker Books, in the shape of Kate Beaton's The Princess and the Pony. For her birthday, small, pugnacious Princess Pinecone wants the perfect warrior horse. But what she gets is a tiny pony, round as a barrel, with cute manga eyes – and a propensity for farting when excited. How can that possibly win her the kudos she craves? Everything about this book, from its pint-sized protagonist to its fluffy-jumpered warriors, should be a sure-fire winner for adult
Picture books that draw the line against pink stereotypes of girls [Imogen Russell Williams/The Guardian]