Big Topics, Little People: Gender Roles

Contributed By: Sarah Martin, Youth Services

Girls can wear pink but they can also play with trucks. Children thrive most when allowed to be themselves. Read these books about children who learn that what styles they may wear or what interests they may have are not defined by their gender.

I’m a Girl by Yasmeen Ismail

A girl who likes playing rowdy games must remind those around her that not all girls fit the same mold.

 

 

 

I’m Gonna Climb a Mountain in My Patent Leather Shoes by Marilyn Singer

Just because a girl likes to wear tutus and shiny shoes doesn’t mean she can’t enjoy the great outdoors.

 

 

 

Not All Princesses Dress in Pink by Jane Yolen & Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple

Princesses come in all styles and have a variety of interests, from fixing things to playing sports.

 

 

 

19 Girls and Me by Darcy Pattison

John can’t believe he’s the only boy in his class. John’s brother is sure all those girls will make John a “sissy.” Can he manage to get along with his classmates?