I am so delighted to feature a book for Perfect Picture Book Friday that my daughter and I shared as a favorite for several years. Even better, this book was written by our March 12 x 12 Featured author, Carmela LaVigna Coyle.

hiking-boots-350Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?

Written by Carmela LaVigna Coyle, Illustrated by Mike Gordon and Carl Gordon

Cooper Square Publishing LLC, February 2003

Suitable for: Ages 3-7

Themes/Topics: Self-acceptance, Princesses, Nature, Self confidence, Self Esteem

Opening/Synopsis: From Amazon: Every inquisitive little girl wonders what it is really like to be a genuine princess. At the heart of Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? lives an energetic, spirited, and contemporary child who has lots of important questions for her mom. Do princesses ride tricycles, climb trees, do chores, or have to eat the crusts of their bread? The mother’s voice is timelessly reassuring as she answers her daughter’s questions and advises her that being like a princess has to do with what we are on the inside.

Activities: The best activity would be to put on hiking boots and go “play” princess or prince! My daughter and I also used to talk about other activities she liked to do and we’d discuss whether princesses would do them too. Once we even created a version of this story based on my daughter’s favorite pastimes.

Why I Like This Book: When my daughter was 2, we moved to Colorado and I was looking for books I could introduce her to that would inspire a love of an outdoor and active life. This book not only fit the bill for that, but also as a way of showing her that she was special and unique just the way she was. Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? remains one of our all-time favorite books.

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  1. This looks like an excellent Princess book! Princesses with hiking boots I think would be the best kind! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love the cover! This sounds like an awesome book! 😀

  3. The cover got me! Sounds like a wonderful book for girls that carries several messages. Nice choice.

  4. I just got this book from the library and put her other princess books on hold. She asks a question and gets a practical answer till almost any real girl can be a princess. LOVE this book. 🙂

  5. This looks like a fun read, Julie!

  6. Our insect-loving and nature-hugging princess fell in love with this one as well. It’s an excellent read for developing that ‘I like me’ attitude we want all our daughters to possess as they mature. Highly recommend! Thanks for the reminder, Julie.

  7. I haven’t read this one yet, but you’ve inspired me to grab some books and head outside with the kids.

  8. This looks really cute – love the posture on the cover!

  9. I love finding good “girl books” that I would otherwise never read. Thanks, Julie.

  10. Yes, I love a kids book that includes hiking books and I love your reason for buying it originally, Julie!

  11. Fun! I can see Hannah loving this one and she is such a fussy reader.

  12. I love this book – and her book, “Do Princesses Really Kiss Frogs” – because, er, I need to know!

  13. We have a couple “princesses” who come over to play with the boys. We always love it when they grab foam swords and start battling it out with the boys in the yard. Every princess needs a tough side.

  14. What a great theme for a book. I was a tomboy as a kid and I’ve always had to find a reconcile my girlie status with my love of hiking, fishing, and traipsing around in the woods. 🙂 I love those two sides of my personality now, but as a kid it was hard to accept that I was different.

  15. Such a cute looking book with a lovely theme. Thank you for sharing Julie.

  16. I love the title of this book! I’m going to get a copy, thanks to your review.

  17. Penny Klostermann

    Cute! The cover hooked me. I’m hoping my library has a copy.

  18. I definitely have to get ahold of this book!

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