Female Empowerment, Romance, and Enchantment in New Series of Books by the Award-Winning Children’s Author Shirin Bridges

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What comes after Disney and fairy tales? For girls ages 9-13, it’s The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses, a new series of children’s books by Shirin Bridges that captures the enchanting and inspiring lives of princesses worldwide and throughout history.

The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses series

But when girls reach a certain age they want a little more meat. We believe this series is the perfect move on from Disney princesses and fairy tales.

For as long as there’s been royalty, young maidens everywhere have dreamed of being princesses. As a role model, however, princess-hood is a decidedly mixed bag. Who doesn’t want their little girl to enjoy princess-league perks and privileges? On the other hand, who wants their daughters to think that the way to achieve this is by marrying into it or by inheriting it from your father?

That’s the conundrum that Shirin Yim Bridges beautifully navigates in her new series, The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses. “Most of my writing is about girls who manage to do what few people think is possible,” explains Bridges, the award-winning children’s author of Ruby’s Wish and The Umbrella Queen. “Now my focus is on real princesses throughout history who’ve accomplished incredible things in their own right. These stories blend messages of female empowerment with the romance and enchantment surrounding princesses.”

The series, aimed at girls ages 9-13, includes histories of six princesses: Hatshepsut of Egypt, Artemisia of Caria, Sorghaghtani of Mongolia, Qutlugh Terkan Khatun of Kirman, Isabella of Castile, and Nur Jahan of India. (Complete with pronunciation guides!) The books are richly illustrated with photographs and maps, and lovely pen-and-watercolor paintings by Albert Nguyen, whose art helps to bring the stories of these fascinating girls vividly to life.

The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses brings Shirin Bridges’ lyrical storytelling to some of the most inspiring—and little known—tales in history. They’re the first offerings from Goosebottom Books, Bridges’ fledgling new press.

“I’m a big believer in fun non-fiction for girls of this age. These princesses are incredible role models of empowerment. Their stories are fascinating in their own right, but also hold powerful lessons for children—lessons that we aim to sneak through in a fun and palatable way. We call it ‘stealth education.’”

“The fascination with princesses seems innate in little girls,” says Bridges, whose multi-cultural storytelling reflects her years living all over the globe. “But when girls reach a certain age they want a little more meat. We believe this series is the perfect move on from Disney princesses and fairy tales.”

The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses is designed to whet their appetites for learning through reading, well into the future. Work has already begun on Goosebottom’s second series, The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Dastardly Dames, which will include volumes by six contributing authors.

For more information, visit http://www.goosebottombooks.com.

Media contact: Victor Gulotta, Gulotta Communications, Inc.
617-630-9286, victor(at)booktours(dot)com
http://www.booktours.com

Biographical Information

Shirin Yim Bridges comes from a family of writers and artists. Her first book, Ruby's Wish, was named one of the Best Children’s Books of 2002 by Publishers Weekly, and won the Ezra Jack Keats awards for Best Writer and Best Illustrator in 2003. It is on several state reading lists, has been translated into six languages, and is now in its ninth edition.

Shirin’s second book, The Umbrella Queen, made TIME/CNN’s Top 10 Lists: Best Children’s Books 2008, and was named one of the Best Children’s Books of 2008 by the Bank Street College of Education. The Umbrella Queen has been translated into Chinese and Japanese.

Her third book, Mary Wrightly So Politely, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Shirin is also the head goose at Goosebottom Books, a fledgling new press that will focus on “fun non-fiction.” Goosebottom Books will be launching their first series, The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses, this October.

Shirin has lived in many countries around the world—Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and England—as is reflected in her writing. She was educated in the United States and now nests in California.

October releases

Artemisia of Caria
By Shirin Yim Bridges
Illustrated by Albert Nguyen
ISBN 978-0-9845098-1-2, cloth, $18.95

Hatshepsut of Egypt
By Shirin Yim Bridges
Illustrated by Albert Nguyen
ISBN 978-0-9845098-0-5, cloth, $18.95

Sorghaghtani of Mongolia
By Shirin Yim Bridges
Illustrated by Albert Nguyen
ISBN 978-0-9845098-2-9, cloth, $18.95

Qutlugh Terkan Khatun of Kirman
By Shirin Yim Bridges
Illustrated by Albert Nguyen
ISBN 978-0-9845098-3-6, cloth, $18.95

Isabella of Castile
By Shirin Yim Bridges
Illustrated by Albert Nguyen
ISBN 978-0-9845098-4-3, cloth, $18.95

Nur Jahan of India
By Shirin Yim Bridges
Illustrated by Albert Nguyen
ISBN 978-0-9845098-5-0, cloth, $18.95

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