For example, Else Holmelund Minarik’s classic Little Bear (Osito spanish version great too) https://amzn.to/2RveWsR
That focuses on little bear doing independent things and being independent (adventuring outside, cooking) and building and playing with independence from an obviously not-at-all helicopter mom.
Oooh, good idea!
I nominate The Boxcar Children!
Two new ones:
Bilal Cooks Daal — picture book featuring young neighborhood kids doing all sorts of outdoor adventures together with no adults while they wait for dinner to be ready
Kate Tames the Wind — picture book featuring a young girl taking initiative all on her own to plant trees and befriend an older, single man. Amazing. Shows the two growing older with the trees and zero hint of some romantic connection, just older man can be a plain friend. (Though my wife points out that planting trees on a windy tall hill, especially with goats, is actually not feasible without lots of irrigation since the wind dries out the trees…)
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