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)
William's Doll cover

2. William's Doll

Charlotte Zolotow, William Pene du Bois (Illus)
Clive and his Babies cover

3. Clive and his Babies

Jessica Spanyol
Princess in Black cover

4. The Princess in Black

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

6. I'm a Girl!

Yasmeen Ismail
Good Night Stories cover

7. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo
Fairytale Frankie cover

8. Fairytale Frankie and the Tricky Witch

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

9. Tiger in a Tutu

Fabi Santiago
Interstellar Cinderella

10. Interstellar Cinderella

Deborah Underwood, Meg Hunt (Illus)
Sleeping Beauty cover

11. Sleeping Beauty: A Mid-century Fairy Tale

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

12. Ninja Red Riding Hood

Corey Rosen Schwartz, Dan Santat (Illus)
My Princess Boy cover

14. My Princess Boy

Cheryl Kilodavis, Suzanne DeSimone (Illus)
Zog cover

15. Zog

Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Illus)

List created by

Brianne Moore

Brianne is a website editor with Scottish Book Trust

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