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 Pink, blue, and you! : questions for kids about gender stereotypes
 Author: Gravel, Elise

 Publisher:  Anne Schwartz Books (2022)

 Dewey: 305.3
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: [33] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 393503 ISBN: 9780593178638
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Gender identity
 Sexual orientation
 Gender role

Price: $22.58

An easy-to-grasp picture book, exploring questions relating to gender identity, sexuality, and sexism.

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Blais, Mykaell

   Kirkus Reviews (01/01/22)
   School Library Journal (+) (02/01/22)
   Booklist (02/15/22)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 02/01/2022 PreS-Gr 2—In her signature style, Gravel (What Is a Refugee?" and others) and Blais provide an accessible introduction to gender and gender stereotypes. Beginning with smart, open-ended questions, the authors challenge readers to think about gender stereotypes, why they exist, and if they are true or fair. The book progresses to an overview of sex versus gender, complete with helpful visual aids, an exploration of pronouns, and ultimately, a few examples of how gender is treated in different communities. At each step, the authors ask readers what they think and how they feel. This engagement, coupled with the accessible presentation of the material, makes for an excellent resource. The folks depicted throughout vary in appearance, and include many skin tones, ages, and family structures. A few folks wear hijabs, and two others use wheelchairs. Gravel's illustrative style is wildly appealing, and the comic-style presentation helps to endear the book to readers. A slight weakness is the homogeneity of illustrated body type, though this is not enough to diminish the book's overall value. VERDICT Thoughtful, engaging, and visually bright, this is an excellent addition to any library serving preschool and early elementary ages.—Taylor Worley - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 02/15/2022 Pink things, blue things, fart jokes, princesses. “Are some for girls? Are some for boys? Are some for everyone?” Gravel and Blais, who is transgender, offer simple yet effective open-ended questions that build on one another, allowing children (either on their own or in conversation with caregivers, educators, and others) to consider gender stereotypes and gender identity. A quick biology lesson also acknowledges the difference between sex and gender. Gravel’s softly shaped, endearing comics feature kids and adults with various skin colors, hair styles, clothing, and physical abilities and speech bubbles stating their thoughts and affirmations. The text progresses to related topics on pronouns, diversity in families and loving relationships, and respect. In addition, it briefly looks at gender inequities in the workplace (e.g., men not encouraged to work in caregiving roles) and changemakers (e.g., Sarah McBride, a transgender state senator in Delaware). A final “fun facts” spread presents light trivia about gender and clothing in history (e.g., countries where men wear skirts). A gentle way to introduce or reaffirm gender identity in young readers. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

Booklist - 02/15/2022 - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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