As I mentioned last week, Nicole and I just found out the gender of our baby on Monday evening.
As the ultrasound tech was moving around checking things out Nicole said, "oh, are those the girl bits?" I couldn't stop laughing as "girl bits" is a great phrase - a bit odd, but not entirely offensive. Nicole has clearly read more books about pregnancy than I have as it all looked fuzzy to me. When we actually found out it would be a little girl I was super excited. I also realized that if she decides to rock a band it will have to be called "Girl Bits" - totally awesome name.
So here's the thing. This is our first child and as you know I'm way more in touch with the 5th-12th grade set than the little ones but I'm excited to go "media" shopping.
From when I was a little kid I remember loving Richard Scary, Dr. Seuss, and the Berinstain Bears - I recall Clifford, Pat the Bunny and The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pop-Up Book but beyond that I can't say I have a feel for the canon of 0-5 kid lit.
I know that Pippi Longstocking is a big little girl book and the Madeline books - but what other things are "essential" in your opinion. I'm especially interested in learning about books that portray strong little girls and diverse groups of kids - not princess heavy stuff - although I'm sure it will be unavoidable.
I put this question in a blog instead of the elementary group because I thought all kinds of people might have ideas (instead of limiting it to elementary teachers).
Would love your suggestions - they will all be greatly appreciated!