15 Picture Books That Challenge Gender Expectations (3-7)

Who says boys can't play with dolls and girls can't be ninjas?

These fantastic books all feature characters who refuse to be constrained by gender stereotypes, reminding us all to be true to ourselves!

Paper Bag Princess cover

1. The Paperbag Princess

Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko (Illus)
Clive and his Babies cover

2. Clive and his Babies

Jessica Spanyol
Princess in Black cover

3. The Princess in Black

Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, LeUyen Pham (illus)
I'm a Girl cover

5. I'm a Girl!

Yasmeen Ismail
Good Night Stories cover

6. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo
Fairytale Frankie cover

7. Fairytale Frankie and the Tricky Witch

Greg Gormley, Steven Lenton (Illus)
Tiger in a Tutu cover

8. Tiger in a Tutu

Fabi Santiago
Interstellar Cinderella

9. Interstellar Cinderella

Deborah Underwood, Meg Hunt (Illus)
Sleeping Beauty cover

10. Sleeping Beauty: A Mid-century Fairy Tale

Lynn Roberts, David Roberts (Illus)
Ninja Red Riding Hood cover

11. Ninja Red Riding Hood

Corey Rosen Schwartz, Dan Santat (Illus)
Zog cover

13. Zog

Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Illus)
William's Doll cover

14. William's Doll

Charlotte Zolotow, William Pene du Bois (Illus)
My Princess Boy cover

15. My Princess Boy

Cheryl Kilodavis, Suzanne DeSimone (Illus)

List created by

Brianne Moore

Brianne is a website editor with Scottish Book Trust

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