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Five gender fluid books for children

Updated: Sep 1, 2020

The biggest dream we have for our children is for them to reach their amazing potentials. And the greatest thing about potential is that it looks different for everyone. Not every little girl wants to be a ballerina, not every boy wants to be a fireman. And thank goodness, because what a boring world it would be!

Here's our pick of some of the many wonderful non-traditional gender role presenting children's books you can now read with your unique and brilliant child.

Julian is a mermaid by Jessica Love

Age suitability: 6 years and up

While riding the subway home with his Nana one day, Julian notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train carriage. When Julian gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies and making his own fabulous mermaid costume. And if you want to test the waters we have our very own Sara C reading it for one of our video story times which you can watch now by clicking here.

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A Fire Engine for Ruthie by Leslea Newman, illustrated by Cyd Moore

Age suitability; 4-6 years

Ruthie's Nana suggests playing tea party and fashion show during their visit, but Ruthie is much more interested in the vehicles that a neighbor boy is playing with as they pass his house each day.

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My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis

Age suitability: 4-8 years

A story about a little boy who likes glitter and pink, this is a story above all about love and acceptance. It is also a call for tolerance and an end to bullying and judgments. Inspired by the author's son, and by her own initial struggles to understand, this is a heart-warming book about unconditional love and one remarkable family.

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The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Micheal Martchenko

Age suitability: 4-7 years

When the fiercest dragon in the whole world smashes Princess Elizabeth’s castle, and captures her fiancé, Prince Ronald, Elizabeth takes matters into her own hands. But is it worth all that trouble?

Readers the world-over have fallen in love with this classic story of girl power. Now a newly designed Classic Munsch edition will introduce the tale to a new generation of young feminists.

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The Girls by Lauren Ace illustrated by Jenny Lovlie

Age suitability: 3 and up

Parents and both boys and girls fell in love with this story after it was featured on CBeebies bedtime stories, and it's easy to see why. Four little girls meet under an apple tree and form a bond that grows as they share secrets, dreams, worries and schemes. This beautifully illustrated tale charts the girls' different dreams, loves and lives with the beautifully strong bond of friendship the on-going link.

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