equality in kids’ books
June’s topic was a big one so we have created a number of different ways to still get involved!
TWO TOPICS TO VOTE ON Have princess books had their day? Or do you think there will always be room for princess stories in our kids’ lives? What about the classic books from your childhood? How do the gender themes stand up in today’s world? We want to hear your thoughts on these topics, please vote below. Voting is now closed.
GEC BEST BOOKS 2019 Do you have a library full of gender equal kids’ books? Maybe you’re an author, teacher or a parent with strong feelings on the topic, Maybe you’re just looking for recommendations. Check out our instagram challenge by following @gendercollect. This is open until the end of the year - please send ideas in!
Our Twitter debate on this topic took place on Tuesday 28th May 2019 7-8pm (and trended!). Follow @gendercollect on Twitter to catch up on that one! There’s still plenty to read and watch on this topic, we’ve pulled together some sources of information below to help you form your opinion. Your voice is extremely important so please remember to vote below and to join.
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VOTE 1. As recently as 2008, Enid Blyton was voted Britain’s best-loved author. One side says "Enid Blyton is a wonderful author whose timeless classics should be on every modern bookshelf". The other side says "A catalogue of sexism, racism, snobbery, exclusion and xenophobia; Enid Blyton's books are best left in the past".
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
VOTE 2. Princess books are still being published thick and fast but in this age of equality are they still relevant?
One side argues that Princesses are progressing, they're not all helpless victims and there's nothing wring with kids having a "princess phase".
The other side says that encouraging kids to aspire to be princesses is a waste. There are so many other great things to write about - why are we still publishing princess books?