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Old 08-23-2015, 12:50 PM
 
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Hi! As we're beginning the year, I'm trying to focus a lot on character education and/or books about friendship. I am wondering if anyone has any books about boys and girls being allowed to do the same things/like the same things, etc.?

I've already once heard that pink is for girls not boys and that a boy with long hair is "a girl" so I'm looking for a simple picture book/story that can facilitate a discussion on this. I haven't found anything searching Amazon.

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It may be a bit young for first, but The Berenstain Bears' "He Bear, She Bear" is about all kinds of occupations and how men and women can do all of them. It does make the distinction that only He Bear can be a dad and only She Bear can be a mom, which could be a problem in the modern world. But it's a quick reference--you could preview first to see what you think.
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I told my students about some men from another country in Walmart.
The men were trying to find deodorant and much preferred the pink containers with the flowery smell! The idea of pink=girl wasn't even on their radar. My 1st graders loved that story...and stopped teasing someone with the 'wrong' color shirt.

Gender=color is an American idea, as far as I can tell.
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Thanks for the ideas!
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These don't talk about equality of the sexes, so much as they defy gender stereotypes

Pinky and Rex series by James Howe (Pinky is a boy and loves the color pink and stuffed animals. Rex is a girl and loves sports and dinosaurs).

Oliver Button is a Sissy by Tomie dePaola

The Paperboy Princess by Robert Munsch

William's Doll by Charlotte Zolotow

Ballerino Nate

Marty Maguire series

I think any set of books where you have a boy/girl friendship could also be powerful!


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Old 08-25-2015, 04:32 PM
 
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Paper bag Princess by Robert Munsch

Me I Am ( not exactly about gender, but about being individuals and the kids in the book defy gender stereotypes, so it could open a good discussion)
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Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Story of a girl that wants to play Peter Pan in a school play but is told she can't because she's a girl. She proves them wrong by being the best Peter Pan in auditions.

Not sure if that's what you want.
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