Book Recommendations

Challenging Gender Roles

1303416Brubaker Bradley, Kimberly. Ballerino Nate (2006).

“After seeing a ballet performance, Nate decides he wants to learn ballet but he has doubts when his brother Ben tells him that only girls can be ballerinas.” — publisher summary.

Ed. note: This picture book would be a good pairing with a family movie night showing of Billy Elliot (a 2000 movie about an 11-year-old boy who trades boxing gloves for ballet slippers).178955

DePaola, Tomie.  Oliver Button is a Sissy (1979).

“A little boy must come to terms with being teased and ostracized because he’d rather read books, paint pictures, and tap-dance than participate in sports.” — publisher summary

18378828Hoffman, Sarah.  Jacob’s New Dress (2014).

“Jacob loves playing dress-up, when he can be anything he wants to be. Some kids at school say he can’t wear “girl” clothes, but Jacob wants to wear a dress to school. Can he convince his parents to let him wear what he wants?” — publisher summary

Ed. note: This book would pair nicely with Shana Corey’s You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer! (a historical fiction picture book that describes the mid-19th century struggles of women who wanted to wear pants!).399891

Newman, Leslea.  A Fire Engine for Ruthie (2004).

“Ruthie loves to visit Nana, but they don’t always like to play with the same things. Ruthie loves fire engines and motorcycles, while Nana loves dolls and dress-up clothes. Nana’s neighbor, Brian, gets to play with fire engines and motorcycles. So why doesn’t Ruthie?” — publisher summary


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