Book Review: Sparkle Boy by Leslea Newman is a great book for talking to kids about gender stereotypes.
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Sparkle Boy by Leslea Newman is a fantastic book for talking to kids about gender stereotypes and how we expect boys and girls to behave in a certain way eg boys can’t wear pink and girls can’t play with trucks.
Now this book does receive mixed reviews. Mainly due to the fact that it includes gender stereotypes ie the belief that boys can’t like girlie things. With some believing that by talking gender stereotypes, that we will make our kids feel ‘abnormal’ or they’ll start to believe these things.
I do think this is a good book though, and that it could be helpful for starting important conversations.
You can talk about diversity ie everyone is different and you can express yourself in your own way.
It would be a great book to read with a child who has very strong beliefs about gender and is struggling with a younger sibling who is not constrained. I love the fact that it broaches the fears we have and the fact that kids often are teased for not following gender norms. A great way to increase your child’s resilience is to talk about the challenges we face.
You can learn more on this page, about how to talk to kids about sex education.
What’s the ideal age for this book?
Sparkle Boy by Leslea Newman ideal for children between the ages of 5 to 8 years.
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