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Non-Traditional Gender Roles


It used to be that only boys were doctors and pilots and only girls were stewardesses and nurses. Now we celebrate that everyone can choose their own path. Anyone can be a dancer, a football player, a firefighter, or a teacher. This booklist contains titles that explore non-traditional gender roles from stories about ballerinos to female forest rangers.






Ewert, Marcus
JE EWERT

Bailey longs to wear the beautiful dresses of her dreams but is ridiculed by her unsympathetic family which rejects her true perception of herself.
Pattison, Darcy
JE PATTI

John Hercules is worried about being the only boy in his kindergarten class, but after the first week he stops worrying.
Ryan, Pam Munoz
J RYAN

A fictionalized account of the night Amelia Earhart flew Eleanor Roosevelt over Washington, D.C. in an airplane.
Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker
JE BRADL

After seeing a ballet performance, Nate decides he wants to learn ballet but he has doubts when his brother Ben tells him that only girls can be ballerinas.
Ford, Bernette
JE FORD

After not wanting to wear his ballet shoes, a kitten learns that he loves to dance during his first ballet class with his young friends.
Root, Phyllis
JE ROOT

Big Momma, with a baby on her hip and laundry piling up, makes the world and everything in it and, at the end of the sixth day, tells the people she has made that they must take care her creation.
Engle, Margarita
JE ENGLE

Follows a young Cuban girl in the 1930s as she strives to become a drummer, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums, and that there's never been a female drummer in Cuba. Includes note about Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, who inspired the story, and Anacaona, the all-girl dance band she formed with her sisters.
Geeslin, Campbell
JE GEESL

In Mexico, a little girl goes on a journey to learn to be a glassblower and gains confidence along the way.
San Souci, Robert D.
J398.20951 SANSO

A retelling of the original Chinese poem in which a brave young girl masquerades as a boy and fights the Tartars in the Khan's army.
Fitsgerald, Dawn
J FITZG

When everyone tries to get thirteen-year-old Joanna off the boys ice hockey team, including Ben, her best friend since kindergarten, Jo resolves to deal with the problems caused by her participation.
Underwood, Deborah
JE UNDER

In this outer space adaptation of the fairy tale in rhyme, Cinderella dreams of becoming a spaceship mechanic.
Walton, Jess
JE WALTO

Errol's best friend and teddy, Thomas, is sad because he wishes he were a girl, not a boy teddy, but what only matters to both of them is that they are friends.
Hoffman, Sarah and Ian
JE HOFFM

Jacob, who likes to wear dresses at home, convinces his parents to let him wear a dress to school too.
Raczka, Bob
JE RACZK

The day after Mighty Casey's strikeout, the Mudville Nine are in a crucial game when a relief pitcher--a girl--is sent in and quickly proves herself to the crowd using moves from football, tennis, and soccer.
Hopkinson, Deborah
JE HOPKI

When his father leaves to fight in World War I, Mikey joins the Central Park Knitting Bee to help knit clothing for soldiers overseas.
Smith, Lane
JE SMITH

A little girl imagines what her day would be like if she were President of the United States.
Pomranz, Craig
JE POMRA

As a shy boy, Raffi is a loner and teased at school until one day he discovers knitting and decides to make a scarf for his father and a cape for the prince in the school play.
Baguley, Elizabeth
JE BAGUL

Normally, no one dares to play in the yard where Digger and Tiger spend all their time, but when a girl invades, they soon realize that she has some brilliant ideas for playing with the junk found there.
Baldacchino, Christine
JE BALDA

A young boy faces adversity from classmates when he wears an orange dress at school.
Kilodavis, Cheryl
JE KILOD

A four-year-old boy loves dressing up in princess clothing. A picture book about acceptance.
Yolen, Jane
JE YOLEN

Rhyming text affirms that girls can pursue their many interests, from playing sports to planting flowers in the dirt, without giving up their tiaras.
Roger, Marie-Sabine
JE ROGER

Boys do not cook, and girls cannot play sports--but in this book the pictures tell a different story.
Springstubb, Tricia
JE SPRIN

"When Mama got a new baby, Phoebe got a new digger. And before long, everyone needs a trip to the park...but then a big girl with grabby hands snatches Digger away from Phoebe. Phoebe tries to use her words, but they don't work. What can she do? Will she ever get Digger back?"--Dust jacket.
Cole, Babette
JE COLE

Not wishing to marry any of her royal suitors, Princess Smartypants devises difficult tasks at which they all fail, until the multitalented Prince Swashbuckle appears.
Osborne, Mary Pope
JE OSBOR

A retelling of the Grimm tale featuring a handsome prince who is put into a deep sleep by a curse until he is awakened by the kiss of a brave princess.
Leaf, Munro
JE LEAF

Ferinand likes to sit quietly and smell the flowers, but one day he gets stung by a bee and his snorting and stomping convince everyone that he is the fiercest of bulls.
Reynolds, Peter H.
JE REYNO

The malfunction of Sydney's mechanical star leads her to an unexpected happy ending.
Codell, Esmé Raji
JE CODEL

After the boys won't let her join in their basketball game, Lulu decides to host a Basket Ball, where girls from all over come to participate and, with Lulu as captain, end up forming a special team.
Walliams, David
J WALLI

Dennis' life is boring and lonely. His mother left two years ago, his truck driver father is depressed, his brother is a bully and, worst of all, "no hugging" is one of their household rules. But one thing Dennis does have is soccer---he's the leading scorer on his team. Oh, and did we mention his secret passion for fashion?
Cochrane, Mick
J COCHR

Eighth-grader Molly's ability to throw a knuckleball earns her a spot on the baseball team, which not only helps her feel connected to her recently deceased father, who loved baseball, it helps in other aspects of her life, as well.
Gruska, Denise
JE GRUSK

Tucker Dohr loves ballet but is constantly teased by football players his age for being a sissy, however they see him in a whole new light when circumstances place him in a position to help them win the football championship.
Munsch, Robert
JE MUNSC

In this bestselling modern classic, Princess Elizabeth is slated to marry Prince Ronald when a dragon attacks the castle and kidnaps Ronald. In resourceful and humorous fashion, Elizabeth finds the dragon, outsmarts him, and rescues Ronald—who is less than pleased at her un-princess-like appearance.
Funke, Cornelia Caroline
JE FUNKE

Kemp, Anna
JE KEMP

Lonely Princess Sue longs to leave her castle tower, but when her prince finally rescues her, she realizes she is destined for a less traditional partner.
Nolen, Jerdine
JE NOLEN

Unusual from the day she is born, Thunder Rose performs all sorts of amazing feats, including building fences, taming a stampeding herd of steers, capturing a gang of rustlers, and turning aside a tornado.
Scamell, Ragnhild
JE SCAME

Even though all Toby wants for his birthday is a dollhouse, his relatives give him a fort, and a farm, and a multi-level parking lot.
Meng, Cece
JE MENG

Three independent chicks who dare to be different are reprimanded by the other barnyard residents for not being quiet and docile, until the smart, fearless trio takes on a runaway tractor.
Corey, Shana
J305.42 COREY

Amelia Bloomer, who does not behave the way nineteenth-century society tells her a proper lady should, introduces pantaloons to American women to save them from the discomfort of their heavy, tight dresses.