How can we counter the gender stereotypes that are thrust down the throats of our little ones? By talking and walking the talk and using all the resources we can get to support us. Books to the rescue!
We stay as far away as we possibly can from Disney damsels in distress and pretty princesses in pink. What we do do is read as many of the like of Ingenious Jean as we can lay our hands on. They are typically equally appealing to boys and girls.
Girls A to Z
by Eve Bunting
Illustrated by Susan Bloom
Boyds Mill Press
An alphabet book with a difference.
A group of twenty-six girls dream of what they want to be – from Aliki the astronaut to Zoe the zoo keeper. Rhyming and alliterative, multicultural and inspiring – this one ticks all the right boxes.
Written by Susan Chandler
Illustrated by Kate Leake
Published by little bee
Jean is an ingenious inventor.
The manual-like font, visuals that look like doodling and important sounding words make the young innovator relatable and plausible. After coming up with original designs for things that turn out to have been done before, guess what’s next? Sure to appeal to young people who have outlandish ideas themselves!
Long Live Princess Smartypants
By Babette Cole
The Princess of Totaloonia doesn’t want to get married, has unusual pets like dragons, rides a motorbike (and dragons), and romps about in dungarees – that’s my kind of princess! In other books in the series, the princess breaks all the rules and turns Prince Swashbuckle into a toad by refusing to marry him.
In this one, we see what she does when she wants a baby, how she gets one and how she manages to keep kingdom and palace pest (aka baby) under control! Fantastic and fun.
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