Despite knowing the importance of diversity in our kids’ lives, we live in a mostly white, hetero-normative neighbourhood. So we have to use books to introduce them to a wide variety of people of all shapes, sizes, colours, and lifestyles.
However, the kiddos seem to be drawn to gender binaries. While I know it’s just their way of categorizing the world, I want to make sure they understand the fluidity of gender and gender roles. I’ve looked through books about boys who wear dresses and girls who wear hiking boots, but they still seem to emphasize that dresses are “girly” and hiking boots aren’t something girls would normally wear.
Are there any kids’ books with a diverse set of characters that do fun things while just happening to be gender-neutral or gender-bending? -Emily
There’s this list on Amazon (although I have a feeling that’s not exactly what you’re looking for). This list on Good Reads is probably heading in a better direction. But the best bet is to ask our Homies for their favorite gender-neutral and gender-bending kids books.
Whatchu got, Homies?