Gender Stereotypes and Parenting (page 3)

By — National Association for Gifted Children
Updated on Apr 23, 2014

Resources for Parents, Children, and Teens

Books that Counter Gender-Stereotypes

  • E. Browne and D. Parkins (1996). Tick-Tock. Newtown, Australia: Walker Books. Intended for children in preschool through grade 2, this book tells the story of Skip Squirrel and her friend Brainy (also a girl). The friends break Skip’s mother’s cuckoo clock and set off on an adventure to get the clock fixed before Skip’s mother returns home. They visit a mechanic, a shoemaker, and a gadget-repairer – all female characters.
  • Robert N. Munsch and Michael Martchenko (1992). The Paper Bag Princess. Toronto: Annick Press. This book, as well as others by Munsch, turns the traditional story of a prince, a princess, and a fire-breathing dragon on its end. Princess Elizabeth rescues Prince Ronald from a dragon by using bravery and smarts and, when the prince complains that she is no longer pretty, Elizabeth walks off into the sunset – by herself. All ages.

Books for Children and Teens about Careers

  • Anne Rockwell (author) and Lizzy Rockwell (illustrator) (2000). Career Day. New York: Harper Collins. This book focuses on Career Day in Mrs. Madoff’s class. In the story, children are introduced to a variety of careers, such as judge and crossing guard, by parents, grandparents, and other adults. Appropriate for children preschool through grade 2.
  • P. K. Hallinan (2002). When I Grow Up. Carmel, NY: Ideals Publications. Intended for preschool to early elementary aged children, this is an A to Z book that begins “When I grow up, I know I can be whatever I dream of from A to Z.”
  • Bettie Youngs and Jennifer Youngs (2002). A Taste-Berry Teen’s Guide to Setting and Achieving Goals. Deerfield Beach, FL: HCI Teens. In this book, teens can read stories told by other teens who have successfully set and achieved goals. Books about Career Development and Succeeding in Life
  • Richard Nelson Bolles, Carol Christen, and Jean M. Blomquist (2006). What Color Is Your Parachute for Teens: Discovering Yourself, Defining Your Future. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press.


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