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Books play an important role in shaping a child’s outlook on life. Books can be used to encourage discussions and challenge gender stereotypes.
Stereotypes can be harmful as they can impact on the way children think and feel about themselves, and how they interact with others.

Raising Children Network state that reading and storytelling also helps promote language, literacy and brain development.

In this section you will find booklists, book features, useful links and tips and ideas about creating comfortable and supportive reading spaces for children.


Below is a list of tools and resources that you can view online and utilise.  If you have any ideas for further resources that you would like added to the list, please contact us and let us know!

  • City of Monash and Generating Equality and Respect Library Booklist: This booklist aims to provide parents, early childhood educators and carers with a range of stories which provide broader ideas about who girls, boys, women, men and people who identify as diverse genders can be, what they can be interested in and achieve. It is important to challenge gender stereotypes to ensure children’s goals are not limited by traditional ideas about what girls and boys and women and men can do.
  • Welcoming Schools Books Looking at Gender: This booklist has a range of books that encourage children to be who they are and break down gender stereotypes. 
  • A Mighty Girl Website: This is the world’s largest collection of books, toys, movies, and music for parents, teachers, and others dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls. The site was founded on the belief that all children should have the opportunity to read books, play with toys, listen to music, and watch movies that offer positive messages about girls and honour their diverse capabilities.
  • Access Health Booklist: Developed by Access Health, this children’s book checklist will help you to select books that embrace diversity and challenge gender stereotypes.
  • Letterbox Library: Letterbox Library was created over 30 years ago by two like-minded, single mums who were concerned about the children’s books available to their daughters. Very few reflected their family lives and just as few showed girls in exciting, active roles. The website has lots of ideas on books and resources that celebrate gender equality and diversity.
  • Some Kids by Nelly Thomas: Early Childhood Books challenging gender roles, by Melbourne comedian Nelly Thomas. The first book in the series called ‘Some Girls’ and was launched late 2017. It is a beautiful and funny book that inspires all girls to be free of stereotypes and encourages other kids – and adults – to allow them to be. ‘Some Boys’ will be launching in September 2018. 
  • Raising Rebels: Raising Rebels is a one-stop, all-inclusive hub for anyone who wants to empower children to challenge limiting and damaging gender stereotypes in the UK. They have books available to purchase online that includes children in equal roles and books about real life role models. 
  • Beyond Sparkles Superheroes: This booklist was put together by Maroondah City Council, Knox City Council, Yarra Ranges Council, Women’s Health East and EACH. The books on the list present child characters in a way that challenges gender stereotypes. They are just a sample of books available on the theme of gender equality or gender equity and have been chosen because they are both enjoyable stories to read with your child and because they represent a range of approaches to the topic of gender equity.
  • Big Dreams Colouring Book: Big Dreams is a 7-page colouring book packed full of illustrations that encourage children to be free to follow their dreams.The colouring book was created as part of an art project undertaken by EDVOS with students at Ringwood Secondary College. The students participated in a discussion about gender inequality and the specific issues it creates for both boys and girls when exposed to rigid gender stereotypes. 
  • Kids Book Checklist Poster: This was developed by Educate2Empower to ensure that the books your children read include a variety of non-stereotypical characters and roles. You can display the poster in your home or your classroom. 
  • Gender Equality Collective Best Books of Smashing Stereotypes 2019: This booklist was compiled by the Gender Collective which includes parents, teachers, authors and kids.  The books have been grouped into themes so you can easily find books to smash specific stereotypes but many of the books smash multiple stereotypes so have a good browse around.
  • A Mighty Girl Website: This website has a section of books you can purchase on gender research. 
  • Common Sense Media: It is the leading independent nonprofit organisation dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. They empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives. They help families make smart media choices by offering the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music. 
  • Kids Book Checklist Poster: This was developed by Educate2Empower to ensure that the books your children read include a variety of non-stereotypical characters and roles. You can display the poster in your home or your classroom. 
  • The Children’s Book Council of Australia: The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) is a not for profit, volunteer run organisation which aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians. The CBCA presents annual awards to books of literary merit, for outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature. Each year, across Australia, the CBCA brings children and books together celebrating Children’s Book Week. Throughout the year, the CBCA works in partnership with authors, illustrators, publishers, booksellers and other organisations in the children’s book world to bring words, images and stories into the hearts and minds of children and adults.
  • The Little Big Book Club: Has a range of programs that are about getting the most out of sharing a book and starting a reading journey with children from the earliest age possible. Reading, talking, singing and playing are all important ways that children learn. They have a range of programs that you may be eligible for. 
  • BookTrust UK: BookTrust transforms lives by getting children and families reading. BookTrust is the UK’s largest children’s reading charity. Each year they reach 3.4 million children across the UK with books, resources and support to help develop a love of reading, because they know that reading can transform lives. Although in Australia we cannot access their program, we can still utilise their website as it has some resources on how to engage your child when it comes to reading. Make sure you check out their BookFinder tool. 
  • National Library Australia: Use this website to find the nearest library near you. 
  • Big Dreams Colouring Book: Big Dreams is a 7-page colouring book packed full of illustrations that encourage children to be free to follow their dreams.The colouring book was created as part of an art project undertaken by EDVOS with students at Ringwood Secondary College. The students participated in a discussion about gender inequality and the specific issues it creates for both boys and girls when exposed to rigid gender stereotypes. 
  • Common Sense Media: It is the leading independent nonprofit organisation dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. They empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives. They help families make smart media choices by offering the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music. 

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