10 Kids Books That Smash Gender Sterotypes

I hate reading the kids books that perpetuate gender stereotypes.  So I have been looking into books that that show boys who can be sensitive (or just like pink!) and strong girls (who don’t need rescued!).

Here are 10 books that smash gender stereotypes!  Click on the titles to take you to Amazon UK to find out more or buy.

My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis

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We have bought this for our princess loving 3 year old son.  Any excuse to dress up as Princess Anna or Queen Elsa and he’s there.  I love how accepting princess boys family and friends are of his love of all things pink, sparkly and tiaras.  Gender shouldn’t be the deciding factor of whether someone can wear a dress or trousers.

The Princess In Black Series by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

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The Princess in Black stories all feature Princess Mongolia who is the typical pink and pretty princess.  However, when her monster alarm ring alerts her to danger she changes into the ‘Princess in Black’ and saves the local people from the threat of monsters!

Molly Maybe Series by Kristina Stephenson

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Molly Maybe and her faithful doggy companion Waggy Burns have a secret, they are the only people who have access to the monster world.  They travel in the mudervator and think up awesome plans to save the day.  A great book about a very ‘non-princess’y’ girl.

Clive and His Babies by Jessica Spanyol

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A sweet little board book about a little boy called Clive who loves his dolls and enjoys looking after them.  It’s gentle, affectionate and shows that boys can have a gentle and sensitive side too.  Perfect for any child who loves dolls and looking after their babies.

The Great Googly Moogly by Courtney Dicmas

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The main character of this book is a girl named Stella.  Stella sets out to catch the great fish legend, the Googly Moogly, and every day she tries something different.

The book is not only about a strong and determined girl, but also about caring for other creatures.

The Boy With Pink Hair by Perez Hilton

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It’s hard being different to others and the boy with pink hair has had to cope with children being mean and giggling at him or adults staring.  But with the help of a supportive family and his best friend he realises he can do anything he puts his mind to.

Anna Banana And Me by Lenore Blegvad

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Anna Banana is the brave star of the book who shows her more timid friend how to be brave.  After watching Anna Banana he gains the courage to follow after her.  An excellent story about friendship, a brave girl, a timid boy and growing courage.

Dangerously Ever After by Dashka Slater

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Princess Amanita is not your typical princess, instead she loves all things dangerous.  She loves her brakeless bicycle, spiky plants and pet scorpion so she is rather unimpressed with Prince Florian’s gift of roses.  But once she sees the thorns on the roses she soon changes her mind and is determined to get seeds of her own so she can grow them in her dangerously spiky garden!

Dogs Don’t Do Ballet by Anna Kemp

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Of course this book is about a special dog, rather than a girl or boy breaking gender stereotypes.  However, there is a certain parallel between the father saying that dogs don’t do ballet and that ‘boys don’t do ballet’.  So it’s lovely to see a book that allows the main character to be brave, be different and do what they truly love.  A very sweet book about a dog who just wants to dance.

Not Every Princess by Jeffrey Bone

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A beautiful picture book that explores the theme that everyone is different.  We all have different colour preferences, clothing and behaviours, so why not celebrate that!  Not every princess is the perfect book for anyone wanting their children to realise that everyone is different and that’s ok!

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  1. October 10, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    Brilliant post. It’s so easy for children to get caught up in the gender sterotyping and see their own feelings or preferences as being wrong, just because of the way society portrays things. I do hope this changes in the near future as more books like these are published.

  2. November 25, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    I totally need to tag this for later. How do i do that??!

  3. Val Pownall
    September 27, 2018 / 12:49 pm

    I cannot tell you how much I love these books! Just bought Dog’s Don’t do Ballet at the weekend for my youngest 5 year old granddaughter (and huge dog lover) who does do ballet, and agrees that dogs certainly can do anything they like – especially their whippet!
    The Princess in Black could be based on her 9 year old sister, as could Molly Maybe, a ‘non-princess’y’ girl if ever there was one!
    Wonderful books! I may have to buy them all!

    • September 28, 2018 / 3:50 pm

      I’m so glad it was useful to you! I love these books, perfect for so many reasons. 😀

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