GEC BEST BOOKS 2019
Welcome to GEC Best Books 2019, we’re glad you’re here. Compiled by our GEC Community of parents, teachers, authors (and kids!), here is our round up of the absolute best books out there for Smashing Stereotypes. We have grouped them 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. Happy reading and, as ever, please let us know if there is something we need to to add.
Books which feature stars of science, technology, engineering, maths and other stereotype smashing careers.
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” - Frederick douglass
Books which deal with feelings and kindness.
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not your average royalty
Books with princesses (and other royalty!) who are smashing stereotypes.
"dressing is an art." —John Galliano
Books which look at clothing as a way of smashing stereotypes.
“The things that make me different are the things that make me.” —Winnie-the-Pooh
Books which deal with being different.
There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” ―Dr. Seuss
Books which deal with inclusion, identity, gender or which directly address gender stereotypes.
“I got my own back.” - maya angelou
Books with females taking the lead.
“Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
Factual books about inspiring people who made a difference.
“I don’t personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed” - Maya Angelou
Books which are open up conversations about, or which deal directly with LGBT+ topics.
my body, my rules.
Books which deal with consent, bodies and sex.
“I am beautiful” - tan to tamarind
Books which star characters of varied skin tones, heritages and religions.
it’s a small world
Books that reflect life around the world and how we can look after it.
“Family is a life jacket in the stormy sea of life.” - J.K. Rowling
Books which are about all different kinds of families.
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” – Frederick Douglass
Stereotype smashing books which are perfect for toddlers and young children.
“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King
Books for independent readers (7+) and older children and young adults.
factual BOOKS FOR ADULTS
Fiction books for adults
GET PRACTICAL: READING and #SmashingStereotypes
How do you help your child understand book at home, or how does your child carer or school support reading through activities, lessons, the (local) library, playtimes, clubs to promote diversity and #SmashingStereotypes - with a broad and balanced offer?
Of course, you can use the list above to help stock your shelves but you may want more.
We are thrilled that the awesome legend that is our Graham Andre (the brilliant primary school teacher of the BBC BAFTA-nominated No More Boys and Girls) has written a series of reading activities with some of the books listed above. He will help you go through the books - page by page - to guide you through a reading journey with your young people. There are also activities in the packs to help you get practical!
You can access the FREE resources here to accompany our GECBestBooks list - with classroom and/or home activities to get your #SmashingStereotypes.
These include ‘My Princess Boy’ by Cheryl Kilodavis, ‘Pearl Power’ by Mel Elliott, and ‘The Boy Who Lost his Bumble by Trudi Esberger.
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