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by Marisa Quinn-Haisu (subscribe)
My name is Marisa. I am a fiction writer, a blogger, and a freelance journalist.
Published June 30th 2018
A book about girls who want to be whoever they want to be
Some Girls Nelly Thomas
Nelly Thomas and Sarah Dunk

"You let your daughter play with Hot Wheels? Aren't those for boys?" someone asked me once. "She likes them," was all I said in return. The question left me feeling irritated because all I could think of was what does it matter if she likes them? And who ever said that Hot Wheels were just for boys?

Gender stereotypes have always bugged me. I find it so weird how we label some things as just for girls and other things as just for boys. Can't we let kids just be kids and express themselves however they want? Who comes up with these labels?

When I heard about Some Girls, a children's book that explores the topic of gender stereotypes, I knew I had to read it. The book came to my attention in an article published back in May that had the headline Shock Question That Left Mum Seething.

The article was about Australian comedian Nelly Thomas and her experiences as a mother to two very different little girls. Her eldest loves fashion and is very girly and her youngest is more active and tomboyish and likes to keep her hair short.

Thomas has had some people mistake her youngest for a boy and has had some people question her about the clothes she dresses her in. Her experiences with raising her youngest inspired her to write her first children's book Some Girls.

Her idea behind Some Girls was to write a book about girls of different backgrounds, shapes, colours and abilities who could do anything and be anything that they wanted to be.

Thomas created the publishing label Some Kids Books and published Some Girls through it with the help of Sarah Dunk who did the illustrations.

This was a really lovely book that did a great job of pointing out that girls are human beings and that society has a problem with how it perceives gender. There is no right or wrong way to be a girl. Kids should have the freedom to express themselves however they want and to be whoever they want. What does it matter if a girl likes make up or princesses or Hot Wheels? Just let them be a kid and stop judging them.

Some Girls has received a lot of praise from parents, teachers, and kids. A follow-up book called Some Boys is scheduled to be released this September and I am eager to read it because I think gender stereotypes among boys is also an issue that needs addressing.
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Why? Some Girls is a book about gender stereotypes that spreads the message that girls can be good at WHATEVER they want and that they can be WHOEVER they want as well.
When: Read it to your son or daughter and start a conversation with them about being true to yourself
Where: Available from your local bookstore or online retailer
Cost: $ 16.99 - $24.95
Your Comment
This sounds like a wonderful book! The way people push gender roles on children has always annoyed me. Hot wheels (and pirates, knights, dinosaurs and mud puddles, as well as princesses, unicorns and rainbows) are for everyone.
by Jennifer Muirhead (score: 3|1077) 230 days ago
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