Every-Day Dress-Up + A Giveaway

Permission to run the images in this post was provided by Random House. For more information about the giveaway, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

Last year I wrote a blog post entitled “Rethinking and Rewriting Princess Stories” which included some of my thoughts about princess culture.  I was pregnant with my daughter when I wrote it.  Nearly one year has passed since I wrote that blog post and I’ve done lots of thinking about princesses and what it means to act and dress up like a princess.  Quite frankly, I’m still not into it.  Fortunately, my daughter is young enough that I can control what she wears and reads.  She doesn’t have a stitch clothing that says “princess” on it.  In addition, I haven’t read her a single book that includes a princess.  (However, I have to admit to watching Kate and William’s Wedding with her.  That was a media event I couldn’t imagine missing.)  That being said, a few years from now, when she reaches pre-school, I know PRINCESS MANIA will set in.  Hence, I know I need to be reading her the kinds of books that will inspire and empower her, which is why I’m thankful for a new book that recently landed on my desk.  Selina Alko wrote Every-Day Dress-Up as “an alternative to the panoply of princess dress-up books.”

THANK GOODNESS for this Every-Day Dress-Up!  I’m constantly searching for picture books that will inspire my daughter as she grows up.  I’ve found books like President Barack Obama’s of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters and Jennifer Fosberry’s My Name is NOT Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream.  Each of those talk about strong women who have accomplished great things.  Every-Day Dress Up does the same kind of thing but with a wonderful twist.  It’s about a little girl who is inspired by great women and seeks to dress up like them (instead of dressing up like a princess).  Here’s a peek into two of her seven costumes:

Every-Day Dress-Up, as well as the other books I mentioned above, can be offered as a mentor to the little girls as alternatives to the princess stories they often wish to write in writing workshop.  By exploring alternatives to princess stories, it’s possible that we can inspire girls into new ways of thinking about the stories they wish to tell.

My mother-in-law, who is a retired literacy specialist and reading recovery teacher found Every-Day Dress-Up in Isabelle’s play room (which is the biggest nod I can give to a picture book these days) and read it.  When she was finished she said, “Every little girl should have this book.”  She’s right.  It should be on a every girl’s bookshelf since it will inspire girls to not only aspire to be like the great women of our society, but it will inspire them to be great themselves.


  • Thank you to Random House Children’s Books for agreeing to sponsor a giveaway of one copy of Every-Day Dress-Up.

  • To win a copy of the book please leave a comment about this post, in the comments section of this post by Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. EST. A random drawing will take place on Sunday, December 4th and the winner’s name will be announced in a blog post later that day.

  • Please be sure to leave a valid e-mail address when you post your comment so I can contact you to obtain your mailing address and have my contact at Random House send the book out to you.  Please note: Your e-mail address will not be published online.