How to be a Real Man is a children's book written and illustrated by Scott Stuart that was published by Hardie Grant Publishing House on 6 January 2020. Scott Stuart is an Australian writer and illustrator and the father of a little boy who adores Elsa from Frozen and dressing up as a princess. In August 2020, Stuart published a book inspired by his son, called "My Shadow is Pink". The beautifully written book followed a little boy who liked all things pink, sparkly, and "not for boys". With the support of his dad, he learns the importance of acceptance, and being himself. You can read my review of My Shadow is Pink by clicking here.
Stuart was inspired to write "How to be a Real Man" after his son asked him the question one day which made him think about how he should answer. He realised that he never had that conversation with his dad as a kid and as a result picked up cues about how to be a man from pop culture and what he describes as some very toxic places.
I really enjoyed how Stuart explored this topic in "How to be a Real Man." He has created an empowering, beautiful story, that encourages boys to fight for what is right, use their strength to help others, and to be brave and to never be afraid to express their emotions. If you have young boys, I highly recommend this book. It is refreshingly modern and takes a hammer to toxic masculinity and age-old ideas and stereotypes about what it means to be a real man.