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 5,000 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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    • Chris McGowan NEWPORT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 7 hours ago

      Girls and Boys should be allowed ro discover for themselves what they enjoy, stereotyping limits aspirations and possibilities and can lead to bullying of those who fail to conform

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    • Aoibhe O'Shea ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
      • about 21 hours ago

      Kids don't NEED gender specific toys. It's such a dated concept now and reinforcing the idea of specific colours and toys for either gender limits kids' play and beliefs in who they are and what they can do and who they can become. Kids are more sophisticated than this, let's not underestimate them by limiting their options and choices.

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    • Sarah Higson BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 22 hours ago

      It just makes me really angry. Children being told what they can and can't play with. Society is supposed to be moving forwards but this is taking a huge step backwards. Books should be for all children.

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    • Emma Hope CHELMSFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 5 days ago

      I believe that children shouldn't be socialized into believing certain things are for boys and others are for girls, we should let the children decide what they want to use no matter what their gender is

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    • Angel Belsey LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 6 days ago

      My son and my daughter can figure out what they like on their own, thanks.

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