Girls can drive fire engines too!

Erm... you guys... have you seen this gender-stereotype defying gem? Here We Go! by Petite Boutique is a fab new lift-the-flap board book with a fun format. Each page has a giant tab in the shape of the wheel of the vehicle from the corresponding page, perfect for little fingers and hands. There's lots of... Continue Reading →

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Gender non-specific characters

During discussions about the lack of female characters in children's picture books, I've noticed a few people saying that they swap the genders of characters as they read books to their children. It's easy enough to say 'she' rather than 'he' as you read along, and it can do wonders to balance out the genders.... Continue Reading →

Hans and Matilda by Yokococo

This book ticks all the boxes for me. It has a strong female animal character, it is quirky and clever, both in design and concept. It is a book that begs to be stroked, makes you smile and makes you think. Hans and Matilda was shortlisted for the Little Rebel Children's Book Award. Guest judge... Continue Reading →

Change is coming

I cannot tell you how proud I am to report that I have had three (THREE!) authors/illustrators contact me in the last couple of weeks to say that they have included a female character or have changed a character's gender in their work in progress, in direct response to my posts about the lack of... Continue Reading →

Female animal characters in picture books

It has been a couple of weeks since I posted about the lack of female animal main characters in children's picture books. Since then, I have been pondering the impact that gap might have on children. I'm beginning to think that portraying an overwhelming majority of animal main characters as male is more damaging than... Continue Reading →

“Why are crocodiles only boys?”

Today I went to read to the children from the Rainbow Library. I took What is a Crocodile's Favourite Thing and Open Very Carefully hoping that they would entice some reluctant listeners in from the corners. To some extent it worked. Open Very Carefully was an absolute hit and caught and held the attention of... Continue Reading →

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