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Pink, Blue & You!: Questions for Kids about Gender Stereotypes by Elise Gravel

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Publishing Date: March 8, 2022


Simple, accessible, and direct, this picture book is perfect for kids and parents or teachers to read together, opening the door to conversations about gender stereotypes and everyone’s right to be their true selves.

Is it okay for boys to cry? Can girls be strong? Should girls and boys be given different toys to play with and different clothes to wear? Should we all feel free to love whoever we choose to love? In this incredibly kid-friendly and easy-to-grasp picture book, author-illustrator Elise Gravel and transgender collaborator Mykaell Blais raise these questions and others relating to gender roles, acceptance, and stereotyping.

With its simple language, colorful illustrations, engaging backmatter that showcases how appropriate male and female fashion has changed through history, and even a poster kids can hang on their wall, here is the ideal tool to help in conversations about a multi-layered and important topic.

Reasons to read Pink, Blue & You!: Questions for Kids about Gender Stereotypes by Elise Gravel

1- The book starts off by having the reader look at images and ask if some are for boys, girls, or everyone. I love the way it starts because it sets the tone for the rest of the book. Children can learn early that they shouldn’t judge everything based on gender, and this book is just a stepping stone. 

2- There are photos that say are these statements true? The reader then sees a graphic on the next page which turns the photo on the previous page on its head. This is a book that starts conversations with kids and makes them think about what they know, and how they can feel differently. 

3-This children’s book teaches kids about genders in a way that they can understand. The book says that they can be a girl, boy, neither, or both. As you read on, Gender Identity is introduced, and the reader sees different photos that say kids are free to be who they are. This book takes concepts that seem complicated and explains them in a way kids will understand. 

4- Pronouns are a way that we not only refer to each other, but we also use them to get to know more about each other. Pink Blue and You will teach kids various pronouns, and how everyone should feel loved and accepted no matter their pronouns. 

5- Pink Blue and You will teach kids about history and how we got to where we are today. Going hand in hand with that, it also will teach kids to accept and understand others.

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About the Author:

I was born in Montreal in 1977 and I started drawing not very long after I was born. In kindergarten I was popular because I was able to draw princesses with long spiral hair. Then, in high school, the girls would ask me to draw their ideal guy in their diary. I became very good at drawing muscles and hair, which I used later when I illustrated my book The Great Antonio . On the other hand, I am always just as bad when it comes time to use a diary correctly.

Later, I studied graphic design at Cegep and that’s when I understood that I wanted to do illustration. After my first book, the Catalog des Gaspilleurs , I wrote and illustrated about thirty others . One of my books, The Wrench , won the Governor General’s Award in the Illustration category, and since that time I have a big head and I brag all the time.

I live in Montreal with my two daughters, my husband, my cats and a few spiders. I am currently working on various projects in Quebec, English Canada and the United States. My books are translated into a dozen languages. I hope to live a long time so that I can still make lots and lots of books because I still have lots and lots of ideas.

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