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18 Kids Books That Challenge Gender Norms

Written by Ashley Koch of Vibrantly Healthy Kids

Because we see great value in raising kids with healthy, positive gender development, we set out to find children’s books that break the mold when it comes to celebrating gender in all of its possible expressions. The world is sending our children subtle messages about themselves everyday. We as parents have great influence on whether our children can feel confident in their own skin to explore who they are. This cast of diverse books gives us the tools to raise kids who are respectful of their peers as they express all sides of themselves. There are great stories of happiness, acceptance, and at times adversity. We love these reminders that there is not just one way to be a boy or girl and that “toys are toys” and “clothes are clothes.”

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