Stop labelling children’s activity, sticker and story books as for girls or for boys
  • Petitioning Usborne, Buster, Igloo & other children’s publishers

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Usborne, Buster, Igloo & other children’s publishers

Stop labelling children’s activity, sticker and story books as for girls or for boys

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      Let Toys Be Toys

Titles like "The Beautiful Girls' Book of Colouring" or "Illustrated Classics for Boys" send the message that certain books are off-limits for girls or for boys, and promote limiting gender stereotypes.

How can a story or a colouring page be only for a girl or only for a boy? A good book should be open to anyone, and children should feel free to choose books that interest them. It's time to Let Books Be Books.

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    1. Reached 6,000 signatures
    2. No new 'girls' or 'boys' titles - Parragon publishers

      Parragon responded to us on Twitter to let us know that they have no plans for any new girl/boy titles in the UK.

      https://twitter.com/parragonbooks/status/442986493288923137

      Twitter / parragonbooks: @LetToysBeToys Feedback on ...

      What are your thoughts on #letbooksbebooks campaign @parragonbooks any chance of dropping titles like these? pic.twitter.com/yexbhAMogs

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures
    4. Usborne to drop 'boys' and 'girls' titles!

      Well, that was quick! We're thrilled that Usborne publishers have told Guardian Books today that they have "no plans to produce any titles labelled 'for girls' or 'for boys' in the future" and that they take "feedback on gender-specific titles very seriously".
      http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/mar/07/parents-gender-boys-girls-books-let-books-be-books

      This is a real change from the responses supporters have had from Usborne in the past. But there's still plenty to play for - read Michael O'Mara (publisher of the Buster Books imprint) explain why they don't plan on dropping gendered titles.

      Parents push to end gender division of boys' and girls' books

      A campaign to break down gender divides in children's publishing has met with instant success, after one of the publishers under fire announced they will stop producing titles labelled as "for girls" or "for boys".

    5. Reached 2,000 signatures

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    • Katie Sciurba SAN DIEGO, CA
      • about 14 hours ago

      I do research on the reading interests of boys of color, which provides support for the need to recognize diversity within male/female groups. This is definitely an important concern of mine, particularly as the mother of two boys.

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    • Tania Czajka EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 16 hours ago

      Because i don't want the next generation of children to be limited in their ways of seeing the world. This labelling is wrong.

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    • Kim Dyer NORWICH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 21 hours ago

      I've always hated this. When I was little, all I wanted was to play with things for boys. The marketing for toys and books left me feeling that this was abnormal. Toys and books need to stop being used like this. Let the children decide what stories they prefer, not society.

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    • Kim Dyer NORWICH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 21 hours ago

      I've always hated this. When I was little, all I wanted was to play with things for boys. The marketing for toys and books left me feeling that this was abnormal. Toys and books need to stop being used like this. Let the children decide what stories they prefer, not society.

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    • Emma Backlund ABINGDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 22 hours ago

      We should not restrict our children in any way at all. They need to feel that anything is possible regardless of what sex they are; and also not to feel judged or insecure if what they gravitate towards isn't 'typical' for their gender.

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