Disclosure: I received a copy of Bessie, Queen of the Sky to assess. All opinions are my own.
As the mother of two daughters, I want to ensure I’m empowering my girls to achieve their dreams. They love reading books, and the ones featuring positive role models can help to shape their thoughts and views on life. When I was a child, this was true for me. I loved reading the Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden book series because they featured smart, clever, independent young females. The characters made me believe I could do anything I put my mind to, and I want my daughters to believe the same as well.
That’s why I am impressed with the newly-released Bessie, Queen of the Sky picture book by Queen Girls founders Andrea Doshi and Jimena Duran. This book is the first of Queen Girls — a collection of books featuring the stories of real women turned into fairy tales.
The Queen Girls founders state, “Often times, classic stories highlight the strength, courage and skills of men. Female characters are often stereotyped or one-dimensional: the mother figure, the homemaker, the exotic beauty, the love seeker…We believe that we should be telling different stories to our children. Let’s encourage girls to find their happiness, passions, drive and self-confidence from within. At the same time, let’s help boys to move to a place of equality. ”
Bessie, Queen of the Sky is inspired by the true story of Bessie Coleman, the world’s first woman to hold a pilot’s license. As a child, Bessie worked in the cotton fields, but dreamed of flying in the sky. Everyone discouraged her, saying girls can’t fly. In fact, schools rejected her because they barred women from becoming pilots. So Bessie gained her pilot’s license overseas in a school opened to both genders.
The book is recommended for children ages 4-8 years old. Queen Girls practices a One for One Model: for every book purchased, they will donate another book to organizations that empower girls and fight illiteracy. They practice what they preach, and I respect that.
Future Queen Girls books coming soon include stories about real life women Isadora Duncan (groundbreaking ballerina) and Savitribhai Phule (girls’ education advocate). Find out more about Queen Girls at www.queengirlspublications.com. Purchase books here or on Amazon (Hardcover: $16.99, Kindle: $9.99).
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