Girls Make History, Too. Shirin Bridges' New Series of Books Provides Historic Role Models for Young Girls--Just in Time for Women’s History Month

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Just published, The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses, acclaimed children's author Shirin Bridges' enlightening new series of books on real princesses. The stories offer the romance and enchantment associated with royalty and princesses—along with a message of youthful female empowerment.

The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses series

The Thinking Girl's Treasury of Real Princesses series

A good antidote to the all-too-pervasive message that girls should look pretty, sit around, and wait to be rescued by a prince.

Award-winning children’s author Shirin Yim Bridges believes girls can never have too many role models. “March is Women’s History Month,” explains the creator of a new series of books for girls ages 9-13 called The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses. “What better time to expose young girls to other young girls who’ve accomplished incredible things throughout history?”

Bridges, the author of Ruby’s Wish and The Umbrella Queen, does just that in an enlightening series on real princesses who’ve accomplished incredible things in their own right. The stories offer the romance and enchantment associated with royalty and princesses—along with a message of youthful female empowerment. “These are princesses who didn’t just sit around waiting to be rescued. Against great odds, they made their own lives, and changed their worlds.”

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—and a good antidote to the all-too-pervasive message that girls should look pretty, sit around, and wait to be rescued by a prince.”

The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses is designed to whet not only a sense of independence, but an appetite 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
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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 in fall 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Shirin is also the head goose at Goosebottom Books, a fledgling new press that focues on “fun non-fiction.” Goosebottom Books has just launched their first series, The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses.

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.

Six new titles

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

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