By Shannon Elliot, CARE Canada’s Director, Brand and Marketing
Summer has nearly played out and the mania over sunscreen, road trips, and popsicles is quickly subsiding.
At ages 8 and 10, my two daughters are spent. Each morning this week they have crept out of their beds a few minutes later than the day before. Sleep-crusted faces and exceedingly lazy steps are symptoms that they may just be ready for autumn and the discipline it brings.
Together, we are remembering the coziness of our regular routines: a healthier dinner (eaten before 7 pm), an earlier bedtime (see previous note), and more time to reflect on the day together before sleep.
But perhaps the biggest relief is that young hands are dropping screens and remotes to pull books off the shelves again. Our favourite stories, without fail, surround brave little girls and the boys who believe in them.
As a slight chill starts to fill the morning air, I thought I'd share the list of books I'm looking forward to poring over in the weeks to come.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls - Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
I’ve had quite a few friends recommend this book but somehow haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Beyond telling the stories of 100 women from the past and present, the book is illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world. My girls are going to love reading the stories of women ranging from Joan Jett to Venus and Serena Williams to Cleopatra.
Wonder Woman - Ralph Cosentino
This is one that sits in our collection already, but deserves another round of reads now that Gal Godot has brought our favourite superhero to life both on screen and off. Godot, who proudly declares herself a feminist, has famously plugged the film’s female director, Paddy Jenkins as a standout in a field dominated by men.
Matilda - Roald Dahl
Embarrassingly, we had skipped straight to the movie on this one. Now that Harry Potter and heroine Hermione have run the course of evening reads and Halloween costumes, we have the chance to dive into this staple of girl power story. I look forward to digesting page-by-page, the adventures of a young smartypants and her quest to remain her own, individual self.
The Paper Bag Princess – Robert Munsch
My girls are well past their princess phase, but I think they’ll still appreciate the authenticity of this one – as well as the idea that they deserve a partner who treats them well. Rumour has it Munsch was inspired to write this after he and his wife worked in a daycare centre. One day, after reading the children yet another tale of a princess rescued from the dragon by the prince, his wife asked why it was never the other way around.
That should get us through September while still allowing enough time to get some homework done too. (Although, I’ll need to report back on that one a little later on…)