International Women’s Day: Children’s book resources

Today, on International Women’s Day, I wanted to post a more practical article about women and children’s books. From the first picture books by Kate Greenaway through to Beatrix Potter, whose most famous creation Peter Rabbit now has his face embossed on a coin, and Enid Blyton, women have been creating beautiful writing for children. And those are just a tiny selection, from a very small island, whose works are old enough to be classics.

Only this year Judith Kerr produced the first picture book that was not published for World Book Day to top the fiction charts in the UK. Julia Donaldson came first in the Top 50 highest earning authors of 2015. J.K. Rowling came third – and that’s years after the last Harry Potter book.

So many amazing women have contributed to children’s literature for both girls and boys. Below, I have compiled a few resources to get you thinking about the way books influence children and can set them on the right track for equality.

#1000BlackGirlBooks

23 Feminist Books Every Child Should Read

A Mighty Girl (“The world’s largest collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls.”)

Barnes Children’s Festival

HeForShe action kits

Sexism rife in textbooks, says Unesco

Let Toys be Toys (“Let Toys Be Toys campaign is asking the toy and publishing industries to stop limiting children’s interests by promoting some toys and books as only suitable for girls, and others only for boys.”)

Please do let me know of any other organisations or interesting links to include, in the comments!

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