Reading/Interest Level: Preschool
Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Paris Rosenthal
Illustrator: Holly Hatam
This love letter to young girls everywhere follows a little girl as she's told some of life's biggest lessons. Each page begins with "Dear Girl," followed by little words of advice and encouragement such as "don’t ever lose your sense of wonder," "there's no such thing as asking too many questions," and "if your instinct is telling you to say no, say no.” The authors, a mother-daughter duo, fill the pages with warmth and love.
Each page is a reminder to the young reader that “you are special and you are loved.” The lessons imparted are incredibly valuable and perfectly timed. This book sits as a reminder that it's okay to be who you are and that you don't only have to be one thing. The mixed-media illustrations perfectly complement the text, with a delightful blend of crayon, watercolor, photography, and collage. This is a perfect read for parents and daughters of all ages for its simple but empowering message.