Children's television isn't exactly known for being the most riveting entertainment to watch (unless you're counting classic '90s Nickelodeon ,obviously). But there are a few diamonds in the rough that make you feel good about your kid's screen time. Specifically, shows like Doc McStuffins. With the news that the beloved show could end up cancelled, many parents are scrambling to find similar sources of entertainment for their kids, like books to read if your child loves Doc McStuffins.
Television shows get cancelled all the time, but there's a reason why there's such an uproar over Doc McStuffins's potential cancelation. Not only is the lead character a little girl; she's an African American little girl. Not only is she smart; she's a doctor to all of her stuffed animals and toys. Not only is her mom also a doctor; but she has a stay-at-home dad. It's a show that is breaking racial and gender stereotypes with every episode, and it's needed on television. It's one of the shows I'm eager for my own daughter to watch and sharing those values and lessons is important, regardless if Doc McStuffins stays on Disney Junior or not.
To fill the void for your children who will miss their favorite doctor terribly and to make sure they're still seeing stereotypes broken across the board, here are 13 books to read if your child loves Doc McStuffins.
1. 'Amazing Grace' by Mary Hoffman
Strong African American girl? Check. Breaking racial and gender stereotypes with her dreams? Check. Empowering? Check. Amazing Grace is a book for any kid's shelf, but for fans of Doc McStuffins it holds extra power. Grace wants to be the lead in Peter Pan, regardless of what her classmates think about it, and her determination and limitless dreaming is magical.
2. 'Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?' by Tanya Lee Stone
Doc McStuffins has done a lot for children, especially when it gave them both a mother and a daughter who are doctors. Pick up a copy of Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell to keep that conversation going. It's a wonderful book focused on the life of the first female doctor and all of the opposition she faced, and it's perfect for any aspiring doctor.
3. 'The Paper Bag Princess' by Robert Munsch
Want more girl power? The Paper Bag Princess is a classic that puts the princess in charge of saving the prince, and how the prince's ego handles it (spoiler alert: not well). When you want more strong girl characters for your kiddos, this is the perfect book.
4. 'Dancing In The Wings' by Debbie Allen
For another African American character full of persistence and dreams, read Dancing in the Wings. The lead, Sassy, doesn't fit the traditional mold of a dancer, but she doesn't let that stop her. A must-have for any young child itching to do something that society says they aren't a good fit for.
5. 'Rosie Revere, Engineer' by Andrea Beaty
Rosie Revere, Engineer is super hot on the book lists lately and I can understand why, especially for a Doc McStuffins fan. Like Doc, Rosie is a little girl with big dreams, spending her evenings inventing all kinds of gadgets. It's not always easy, and there are times when she wants to quit, but Rosie keeps going. Not only does this book break gender stereotypes by putting a little girl in an engineer role, but it also reminds all of us that mistakes happen, and you just have to keep trying.
6. 'The Velveteen Rabbit' by Margery Williams
Those toys that come to life for Doc are fun, right? For some kids, that's the best part of the delightful series, so pick up The Velveteen Rabbit when your little ones need an extra dose of toys with feelings, tenderness, and love.
7. 'Regards To The Man In The Moon' by Ezra Jack Keats
Anything by Ezra Jack Keats is a must, but Regards to the Man in the Moon is perfect for the imaginative Doc McStuffins fan. It's not enough to have a talent for things, you also have to have the imagination and dream to see it through, just like Doc.
8. 'Corduroy' by Don Freeman
I think that Doc McStuffins added a new lesson with the talking toys — kindness. Just because you think someone isn't capable of something, like toys talking, doesn't mean they aren't. That's where Corduroy comes in. The story of a sweet little bear waiting on a child to become his friend will inspire your kids, just like Doc McStuffins, to be kind and have empathy.
9. 'Mommy's High Heel Shoes' by Kristie Finnan
One of the things I love the most about Doc McStuffins is that Doc's mom is not only a working mom, but a doctor. In Mommy's High Heels Shoes, one little girl realizes all of the different shoes her mom wears in order to make things happen in their family. It's super sweet and empowering for all kids to see their mom working hard.
10. 'Grace For President' by Kelly S. DiPucchio
I've heard that for some parents, Doc McStuffins showed their children that women could be doctors, so why not choose a book where women can break other job stereotypes? In Grace for President, not only is Grace a little girl running for class president, but she's also African American. It's beautiful and full of girl power.
11. 'What Do You Do With A Problem?' by Kobi Yamada
Healthy problem solving is one of the major roots of Doc McStuffins, so What Do You Do With a Problem? is just full of more lessons about figuring things out, working through solutions, and figuring out how a problem isn't always as scary as you think.
12. 'Giraffes Can't Dance' by Giles Andreae
Missing Gabby the giraffe from Doc McStuffins? Then your kid needs Giraffes Can't Dance, but that's not the only reason. The story also has a lesson of dreaming for greatness even when the rest of the world says it's impossible.
13. 'Doc McStuffins Time For Your Checkup!' by Disney Book Group
An obvious choice, but a good one. Doc McStuffins Time for Your Checkup! is a must for all the kiddos who love Doc and the gang. Just be prepared to read it over and over and over.