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Tara Binns – Books That Empower Little Girls to Dream Big

One of my issues with princesses has always been this. The role is not a career aspiration. I live in an actual monarchy, where there really are princesses, and there is even a possibility of our daughters becoming one. But I think we can all agree it’s a fairly narrow life path to target.

I suppose it’s a more realistic aspiration than being a superhero, but at least most of them have real jobs as journalists, lawyers, wealthy industrialists, Amazon princesses… er, where was I…?

Anyway, of the many characters aimed at children, male ones tend to be the only ones tied to a profession. Think Postman Pat, or Fireman Sam. Female characters are far more likely to be more fantastical.

In a clever twist, tying the two together, is the Tara Binns series. Created by Lisa Rajan and illustrated by Eerika Omiyale, these books have the tagline of “Giving Little Girls Big Ideas”. The format of each tale involves our eponymous girl hero playing dress ups in her attic, and being magically transported into a fantasy (or is it?) involving the profession one of her outfits.

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From ‘Tara Binns – Eagle-Eyed Pilot’ written by Lisa Rajan and illustrated by Eerika Omiyale

In Tara Binns – Eagle-Eyed Pilot, she suddenly becomes a jumbo jet pilot – in mid-flight – and quickly has to learn not only how the cockpit works, but also has to navigate a storm and wrestle with a moral dilemma involving old pirate treasure.

The next book is Tara Binns – Crash Test Genius, where she becomes an engineer who quickly learns how the application of science benefits us all, and is inspired to invent a new concept of her own.

Coming soon is Tara Binns – Double Choc Doc, where she has to deal with everyone’s winter nemesis – the common cold!

My 3-year-old daughter loves being read these books, and requests we revisit them regularly. She is full of questions about the professions themselves as well as the way Tara deals with the dilemmas and opportunities presented to her. She’ll often ask questions about them out of the blue, when we’re not even reading one. They have clearly made an impression, and an immensely positive one at that.

The prose is bright and snappy, and the illustrations whimsically delightful. Tara, as both herself and when she’s exploring her various professions, is a great role model. One that is thankfully a world away from fairy princesses.

These books would be terrific for any child – but parents of girls in particular may find these to be essential bookshelf additions.

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What profession would you like to see Tara Binns explore next? Please comment below.

83 thoughts on “Tara Binns – Books That Empower Little Girls to Dream Big”

  1. These look brilliant, my 5 year old would love them. I’d like to see her be either a marine biologist, explorer/wildlife conservationist (small loves octonauts and deadly 60) or some kind of astronomer. (Small is fascinated with space too).
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    1. Great idea – lots of kids have suggested different sports and rally driver would make a great adventure – plenty of twists and turns. The pilot and engineer books have just been nominated for the 2016 Carnegie Medal, which we’re really thrilled about. And the new book, in which Tara Binns becomes a doctor, came out on the 1st November if you’re thinking of stocking fillers! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tara-Binns-Double-Choc-Doc/dp/0993008224/

    1. Fantastic idea! It’s not quite zoo animals, but she does find a cure for the common cold in the latest book – Double Choc Doc – so she’s definitely got what it takes to make things better! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tara-Binns-Double-Choc-Doc/dp/0993008224/ Might make a nice stocking filler if your little one likes stories about helping others. Also, the pilot and engineer books have just been nominated for the 2016 Carnegie Medal, which we’re really thrilled about!

  2. Love the idea of these books – am spending a lot of time persuading my daughter that ‘princess’ is not a career to aspire too! So think it would be great if Tara was a deep sea diver, the MD of a huge multi national corporation or a UN Peace Envoy!

    1. Thanks! The idea started because I wanted my own daughter to aspire to be something real… no one can actually be a princess when they grow up anyway! I’m trying to let little girls know that there are so many other amazing things you can be, and two of the books just got nominated for the 2016 Carnegie Medal, which I’m absolutely thrilled about. Deep sea diver has been suggested by several of the school children I’ve read to – so that one definitely makes the shortlist! The latest adventure – Double Choc Doc – came out at the beginning of the month. Might make a nice stocking filler if your little one likes stories about helping others! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tara-Binns-Double-Choc-Doc/dp/0993008224/

    1. Thanks! That’s a new suggestion – I would love to write an adventure with her as a scientist and hadn’t thought of making her a geologist before. The pilot and engineer books have just been nominated for the 2016 Carnegie Medal, which we’re really thrilled about. And the new book, in which Tara Binns becomes a doctor, was out on the 1st November if you’re thinking of stocking fillers! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tara-Binns-Double-Choc-Doc/dp/0993008224/

    1. Great idea – lots of kids have suggested different sports and racing driver would make a great adventure – plenty of twists and turns. The pilot and engineer books have just been nominated for the 2016 Carnegie Medal, which we’re really thrilled about. And the new book, in which Tara Binns becomes a doctor, came out on the 1st November if you’re thinking of stocking fillers! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tara-Binns-Double-Choc-Doc/dp/0993008224/

    1. Fantastic idea! It’s not quite animals, but she does find a cure for the common cold in the latest book – Double Choc Doc – so she’s definitely got what it takes to make things better! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tara-Binns-Double-Choc-Doc/dp/0993008224/ Might make a nice stocking filler if your little one likes stories about helping others. Also, the pilot and engineer books have just been nominated for the 2016 Carnegie Medal, which we’re really thrilled about!

    1. Fantastic idea! It’s not quite beating toothache, but she does find a cure for the common cold in the latest book – Double Choc Doc – so she’s definitely got what it takes to make things better! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tara-Binns-Double-Choc-Doc/dp/0993008224/ Might make a nice stocking filler if your little one likes stories about helping others. Also, the pilot and engineer books have just been nominated for the 2016 Carnegie Medal, which we’re really thrilled about!

  3. Great recommendations. My daughter is only 3 months and I will be steering her towards these books (and all reading in general) I fear I have been sucked in to pinkification but will strive to avoid princess ambitiondom. #weekendblogshare

    1. Thanks! The idea started because I wanted my own daughter to aspire to be something real… no one can actually be a princess when they grow up anyway! I’m trying to let little girls know that there are so many other amazing things you can be, and two of the books just got nominated for the 2016 Carnegie Medal, which I’m absolutely thrilled about. The latest adventure – Double Choc Doc – came out at the beginning of the month. Might make a nice stocking filler if your little one likes stories about helping others! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tara-Binns-Double-Choc-Doc/dp/0993008224/

  4. These are great! Have already added them to my wish list for my little one. Would be great to see something like sports coach, research scientist or engineer.

    1. Fantastic idea! It’s not quite animals, but she does find a cure for the common cold in the latest book – Double Choc Doc – so she’s definitely got what it takes to make things better! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tara-Binns-Double-Choc-Doc/dp/0993008224/ Might make a nice stocking filler if your little one likes stories about helping others. Also, the pilot and engineer books have just been nominated for the 2016 Carnegie Medal, which we’re really thrilled about! Would love to hear what you think!

  5. Astronaut / Aeronautical scientist 😀 Im working hard on persuading my youngest niece this is something she can do lol

    1. Thanks! Astronaut is the book I’m currently working on, so great suggestion! Scientist is on the list too… The pilot and engineer books have just been nominated for the 2016 Carnegie Medal, which we’re really thrilled about. And the new book, in which Tara Binns becomes a doctor, was out on the 1st November if you’re thinking of stocking fillers! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tara-Binns-Double-Choc-Doc/dp/0993008224/ Would love to hear what you and your niece think!

    2. Thanks! Great suggestion… I’ll have to get my thinking cap on as I’m sure kids would love seeing Tara digging up a piece of history. The pilot and engineer books have just been nominated for the 2016 Carnegie Medal, which we’re really thrilled about. And the new book, in which Tara Binns becomes a doctor, was out on the 1st November if you’re thinking of stocking fillers! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tara-Binns-Double-Choc-Doc/dp/0993008224/ Would love to know what you think!

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