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Published October 19th 2018
Some Boys encourages all boys to be free to be themselves
Nelly Thomas. Some Kids Books.
Earlier this year I reviewed Some Girls by Nelly Thomas. Some Girls is a picture book for children between the ages of 0 and 7 that examines gender stereotypes about girls and encourages girls to express themselves however they want. Thomas wrote Some Girls because she has two daughters who are both very different and special in their own way.
Some Boys is the follow-up book to Some Girls and the second in a series of early childhood books that Thomas is writing about gender stereotypes about girls and boys. It was written by Nelly Thomas and illustrated by Sarah Dunk and published by Some Kids Books on September 3 2018. Some Boys is all about gender stereotypes people have about boys.
Some Boys was very similar to Some Girls. The narrative had the same basic structure and the illustrations were done in the same style. I really like how diverse Sarah Dunk's illustrations are in both books. There are gender diverse children and children with disabilities represented, as well as a number of children from a variety of different racial and religious backgrounds.
The biggest thing I like about Some Boys and Some Girls is how it illustrates that ALL kids can be WHATEVER they want.
There is no "right" or "wrong" way to be a boy or a girl. A lot of people think that there are some things that girls and boys are just wired to like. It's the reason why we give baby dolls to girls and toy trucks to boys. But what if a boy wants to play with a doll and a girl wants to play with the toy truck? Is that okay? The answer in Some Boys and Some Girls is: YES.
It's okay if a boy wants to wear a skirt.
It's okay if a girl wants to wear a shirt.
It's okay if a boy wants to play with nice things.
It's okay if a girl wants to play sports.
It's okay if a boy doesn't want to play sports.
It's okay if a boy cries sometimes.
It's okay if a girl is mean sometimes.
Our kids are all individuals. We should give them the freedom to be themselves. A boy who wears a skirt and likes to play with dolls is STILL a boy - he's just playing and expressing himself how he wants. What's so scary about that? Just let him be a kid.