Pink, Blue, and You! Questions for Kids about Gender Stereotypes by Elise Gravel with Mykaell Blais

Pink, Blue, and You! Questions for Kids about Gender Stereotypes by Elise Gravel with Mykaell Blais. Anne Schwartz Books, 2022. 9780593178638

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Format: Hardcover

What did you like about the book? (Synopsis) Fresh and appealing, this look at gender asks questions that allow readers to come to their own conclusions about the fairness of gender roles. Are some toys and activities for boys only? For girls only? Who made the rules about pink and blue? “Should we feel bad about doing the things we like?” I love how direct and free of bias the book is. There is no grandstanding. It’s great that the text asks kids to decide if stereotypes about jobs, appearance and emotions are fair. Images of kids of varied skin color and gender are shown doing all of the things humans do, such as parenting, playing and loving.

Gravel’s illustrations, done with pen and ink with photoshop, are uncluttered and lean on the rainbow colors, to a pleasing degree. The coauthor works with a LGBTQ+ organization that helps schools understand gender stereotypes. Gravel’s fun art with the perfectly clear and direct language make this a wonderful resource for preschool and kindergarten classrooms. The book jacket has a poster on the verso that reads ‘Be Who You Want to Be!’

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book? A perfect book for units on identity and gender for early elementary school classrooms.

Who should buy this book? Day care centers, elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Nonfiction 305 and parenting collections about gender.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: March 13, 2022

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