The Children and Youth library staff have picked out their favourite stories to empower kids to better understand their own emotions, challenge gender stereotypes and promote respectful relationships. As well as being fun picture books, these stories are great starting points to discuss emotions, feelings and challenge gender stereotypes with young children.

Rosie Revere engineer by Andrea Beaty

Love makes a family by Sophie Beer

All the ways to be smart by Davina Bell

The lion inside by Rachel Bright

Girls can do anything by Caryl Hart

Dogs don’t do ballet by Anna Kemp

A little bit brave by Nicola Kinnear

Tricky’s bad day by Alison Lester

Pink is for boys by Robb Pearlman

Today I feel: an alphabet of feelings by Monica Moniz

I love me by Sally Morgan

The paper bag princess by Robert Munsch

Mary wears what she wants and Tough guys (have feelings too) by Keith Negley

Two mates by Melanie Prewett

No difference between us and Pearl Fairweather, pirate captain by Jayneen Sanders

One busy day by Lola Schaefer

Clive and his babies and Rosa rides her scooter by Jessica Spanyol

Some girls and Some boys by Nelly Thomas

How to read these titles

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