Today I Read…Girls A to Z

girls a to zToday I read Girls A to Z written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Suzanne Bloom.

In this charming and inspiring picture book, girls are shown with interests as diverse as their names, from A to Z! From being an astronaut to making ice cream to owning a zoo, girls can do anything!

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I bought this book at the Word on the Street Festival this year for my niece, since her first birthday is coming up. I loved how diverse it was without making it the point of the book. All of the little girls are of different ethnicities, and one girl is in a wheelchair. However, this makes no difference to their interests. Any girl can have any interest. There are traditionally feminine vocations included–homemaking, cooking, dancing, teaching, being a librarian, childcare, and music. There are also traditionally masculine vocations, such as engineering, computer science, sports, and politics. There are ‘high-class’ interests like being a surgeon and ‘low-class’ interests like selling gasoline. The words are simple, with every girl’s name and interest beginning with the same letter of the alphabet. The letters aren’t emphasized visually (some alphabet books would make the letter larger on the page), and the vocabulary isn’t simplified (astronaut and xylophone aren’t easy words to read), so this book is probably more suitable to read to a very beginning reader, instead of having him or her read to an adult. However, the pictures are large and bright, and can be used by the adult to help prompt the child to read the interests.

This book is lovely, and I can’t wait to read it to little niece, once I’m sure that she won’t try to chew on the pages.

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