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Gender in Children's Books: bibliography by RoSa (March 2012)

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Besides their importance for the development of language and other skills, children’s books play a considerable part in transmitting social and cultural norms to future adults. Many of these norms are related to gender roles. The way girls and boys, women and men are portrayed in children’s literature, contributes to the image children develop of their own role and that of their gender in society.

And there is the rub. Studies in this bibliography demonstrate an unbalanced image of women and men, in content as well as in language and illustrations. Daredevil Pippi Longstocking in the 1940s, feminist efforts in the 1970s and 1980s, and role breaking stories of individual children’s authors may have opened many eyes indeed, but could not prevent today’s children’s books from still carrying many stereotypes.

If we don’t want girls and boys to be confined by restrictive gender roles, the creation of alternative role models is essential. This reading list is intended to offer inspiration and background information to teachers, parents and educators who want to provide those models to pre- and primary school children by means of children’s literature.

In the first place, studies are presented about the gender portrayal in children’s books, in many of which attention is given to its socialising effects. Publications on gender representations in children’s stories through history are given as well. As girls are found to have other reading habits and preferences than boys, studies on gender and reading behaviour are also included. Moreover, this list could not be without publications on the social relevance of some individual children’s authors, and the same goes for studies on gender portrayal in school books. Finally, a pick of scientific and/or feminist articles shows the many perspectives from which gender in children’s literature is studied.

This bibliography is a selection from the RoSa library collection. Children’s literature in itself is not included in this selection. Every publication is accompanied by a classification number, this number refers to the corresponding location in our library. Although the RoSa collection contains numerous records from the 1970s and 1980s on gender in children’s literature, only publications since 1990 are incorporated in this bibliography, with emphasis on documents published as from 2000. Through the RoSa online library catalogue – at the RoSa website - older publications can be found.


Gender representation in children’s books

Noëlle Bonnal (e.a.)
Filles - Femmes: une réflexion sur la représentation du genre féminin dans la littérature jeunesse d'aujourd'hui
Lot-Et-Garonne: Réseau des Bibliothéques de Lot-Et-Garonne, 2010. - 53 p.

Keywords: children’s literature / images of women / role behaviour / france
DII 4d/0010

Annelie Jarl Ireman
Filles intrépides et garçons tendres: genre et culture enfantine [dossier]
Paris : Nordiques, 2009. - 124 p.

Texts used in a colloquium (Paris, Sept. 2009) organised by the Institut suédois du livre pour enfants, in collaboration with Livres au trésor (information centre on juvenile literature). How are sex roles and equal opportunities of men and women portrayed in children’s books and media in Sweden and France? Speakers from both countries analyse this portrayal.

Keywords: gender / role behaviour/ children’s literature / stereotyping / equal opportunities / research / television

Tine Verachten (e.a.)
Thema: meisjes, jongens, lezen en (jeugd)literatuur
Leidschendam: Biblion, 2009. - 182 p.
ISBN     978-90-5483-9293

DII 3a/0280


Sylvie Cromer ; Carole Brugeilles ; Isabelle Cromer
Comment la presse pour les plus jeunes contribue-t-elle à élaborer la différennce des sexes? Tome 2: les magazines enfants
Paris : Caisse Nationale des Allocations Familiales, 2008. - 108 p. - (Dossiers d'études)

In France, children’s magazines in age categories 0-3 and 4-7 are highly popular. This study examines how girls and boys, men and women are portrayed in the magazines’ illustrations, games, stories and such like. Blatantly stereotypical elements are hardly found, but a more subtle imbalance exists between male and female characters, both quantitative and qualitative.  The consequences regarding girls’ emancipation depend on the portrayal of gender roles in teaching. 

Keywords: media / periodicals/ children / images of women / role behaviour/ research/ france
GII 3a/0041

Victoria Flanagan
Into the closet: cross-dressing and the gendered body in children's literature and film
New York : Routledge, 2008. - 278 p.  (Children's literature and culture)
ISBN 0-415-98008-9

Into the closet examines the representation of cross-dressing in a wide variety of children’s fiction, ranging from picture books and junior fiction to teen novels. It provides a comprehensive analysis of the different types of cross-dressing found in children’s narratives, raising a number of significant issues relating to the ideological construction of masculinity and femininity in books for younger readers. It is an important book for academics, teachers and parents because it shows how cross-dressing, rather than being taboo, is frequently used in children’s literature and film as a strategy to educate children about gender.

Keywords: children’s literature / role behaviour/ transvestism / gender / masculinity / sexuality / images of women / femininity / films
DII 5a/0010

Vera Hoorens
Als er geen naam op staat, gaat het over jongens: genderstereotypes in Vlaamse kinderboeken
Leuven : Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 2006. - 34 p.

Hoorens has conducted a study on gender stereotyping in Flemish picture books (0-6 years). The principal characters in the examined books are more frequently boys and men than girls or women. Women are more often portrayed in a family or domestic context, while male characters are more likely to be depicted in professional situations. If female characters do practise jobs, the variety within those jobs is small as compared with the jobs of male characters. Policy recommendations are added to the study.

Keywords: sexism/ role behaviour/ stereotyping / children’s literature / research
DII 1a/0049

Sara De Meyer
Vrouwenpatronen in sprookjes: leeft Roodkapje nog lang en gelukkig ?
Antwerpen : UIA, Faculteit Politieke en Sociale Wetenschappen, VAO Vrouwenstudies, 2004. - 33 p.

This thesis examines the portrayal of women in traditional Western fairy tales and its consequences for women’s emancipation. Furthermore, De Meyer investigates if the women’s image has changed in contemporary fairy tales. 

Keywords: fairy tales / images of women / role behaviour / emancipation / thesis

Bronwyn Davies
Frogs and snails and feminist tales : preschool children and gender
Cresskill : Hampton Press, 2003. - 182 p (Language & social processes)
ISBN 1-57273-448-5

How and why do children become masculine or feminine? Through listening to children themselves, this book explores what is happening - socially, emotionally and physically - as children "take themselves up" (assume identities) within the constraints of interactive (and narrative) structures.

Keywords: gender / sex / infants / socialisation / role behaviour / boys / girls / masculinity / femininity /  feminist / children’s literature / playing behaviour / australia / research
DII 1e/0013

Susan Lehr
Beauty, brains, and brawn: the construction of gender in children's literature
Portsmouth: Heinemann, 2001. - 211 p.
ISBN     0-325-00284-3

Deborah O'Keefe
Good girl messages : how young women were misled by their favorite books
New York : Continuum, 2000. - 212 p.
ISBN 0-8264-1236-X

For much of the 20th century, books for children encouraged girls to be weak, submissive and fearful. Good girl messages discusses such traits in many of the most popular works of the period. Quoting a wide variety of passages, O’Keefe illustrates the typical behaviour of fictional girls. She believes that many young female readers were damaged by these good-girl stereotypes, though she does quote critics who say that girls identify with Jack the Giant Killer as much as with Sleeping Beauty. In addition she analyses examples of today’s strong girl characters in children’s books.

Keywords: identity / girls / children’s literature / role behaviour / 20th century / united states of america

Linda K. Christian-Smith (Ed.)
Texts of desire : essays on fiction, femininity and schooling
London ; Washington : The Falmer Press, 1993. - 180 p.

This book focuses on the role of pre-teen romance fiction in the construction and reconstruction of femininity internationally. Teen romance fiction condenses and articulates the long standing fears and resentments of conservative groups regarding feminism and women's growing independence and political power. Drawing on multidisciplinary approaches from cultural studies and feminist theories, psychoanalysis, semiotics, reader research, and critical theory, these essays signal the complexity of the world wide teen romance novel phenomenon.

Keywords: identity / reading behaviour/ reader-response theory / girls / popular culture / pulp fiction / femininity

Gender in children’s literature through history

Louise Simonson ; forew.: Adam Hughes .
DC comics covergirls
New York : Universe Publishing, 2007. - 205 p. 
ISBN 0-7893-1544-0

DC Comics is one of United States’ greatest comic publishing companies. This book takes a look at the numerous female characters throughout the company’s history and the evolution they have undergone: the 1942 introduction of the most famous DC heroine, Wonder Woman, and her various incarnations up to the present; the creation of spin-offs based on characters such as Lois Lane; and the recent wealth of fierce, female character-driven comics such as Supergirl, Batgirl and Catwoman, featuring women who are strong-willed and independent.

Keywords: comic strips / images of women / united states of america

Marie-Anne Couderc
La Semaine de Suzette: histoires de filles
Paris : CNRS Éditions, 2005. - 256 p.
ISBN 2-271-06339-6

"La Semaine de Suzette" reports on the history of the magazine of the same name. The first issue was released in 1905, the last one in 1960. This popular weekly’s aim was to educate girls in accordance with the moral, religious and even political standards at the time. The most promoted value in this magazine is found to be “order”, in all its senses. Everything had its role and place in a hierarchical system, in which the family was the cornerstone of society.    

Keywords: children’s literature / periodicals / children / girls / upbringing / norms / family / politics / france / historical/ 20th century
GII 3g/0003

Lillian S. Robinson
Wonder women: feminisms and superheroes.
New York : Routledge, 2004. - 148 p.
ISBN 0-415-96632-9

Wonder women is at once a critical essay on the evolution, repression and representation of feminism in North American comic books, but also a history of the female super heroine. Much of the book is devoted to Wonder Woman, the archetype of super feminism.

Keywords: popular culture / comic strips / images of women / feminism / united states of america

Elizabeth Wanning Harries
Twice upon a time : women writers and the history of the fairy tale
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2001. - 216 p.
ISBN 0-691-07444-5

Fairy tales have a long written history. However, a vital part of this history has fallen by the wayside. The fairy tales of male authors like Charles Perrault and the Grimms have determined our notions about what fairy tales should be like. Harries argues that there exists another, complex tradition: tales written in France by storytelling women in the 1690s and the late-twentieth-century tales by women writers that derive in part from this centuries-old tradition. Their works often criticized the gender role expectations at court and in everyday life.

Keywords: writers / fairy tales/ history / united states of america / great britain / france

Trina Robbins
From girls to grrrlz : a history of women's comics from teens to zines
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 1999. - 142 p.
ISBN 0-8118-2199-4

This colourful book tells the history of women in American comics since the 1940s, illustrated with comic fragments. Childrens’ comics as well as teen and adult comics are examined. The way female characters are drawn, reveals a lot about the changing gender role expectations in society. 

Keywords: comics strips / comic writers / images of women / girls / girls' culture / united states of america / 20th century

Rosemary Auchmuty
A world of women : growing up in the girls' school story
London : The Women's Press, 1999. - 221 p.
ISBN 0-7043-4538-2

As a continuation of A world of girls, A world of women examines the novels in which the heroines of the girls' boarding school stories grow up. To what extent, she asks, do these heroines fulfil their potential as active and independent young women? Why do even their unmarried creators so often marry them off? Do they settle for domesticity and submission to men? Or is there more going on in these seemingly unchallenging novels than meets the eye?

Keywords: girls’ books / girls' culture / role behaviour / images of women

U.C. Knoepflmacher
Ventures into childland : Victorians, fairy tales, and femininity
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 1998. - 444 p.
ISBN 0-226-44815-0

Behind the innocent facades of Victorian fairy tales were intense gender debates about the nature of childhood and the motives of the male and female authors of the tales. These issues as well as the works of seven British children's authors who published from 1850 to 1870, including Lewis Carroll and Christina Rossetti, are treated here by Knoepflmacher . The author believes that male writers of the time idealized childhood, whereas female writers were more grounded in actuality and that both camps were in constant conflict. The book is exemplified with Victorian illustrations and book fragments.

Keywords: writers / fairy tales / childhood / role behaviour / ingelow jean/ rossetti christina/ ewing juliana horatia/ victorian period

Sally Mitchell
The new girl : 'girls' culture in England 1880-1915
New York ; Chichester : Columbia University Press, 1995 . - 258:ill..
ISBN 0-231-10247-X

Through a study of popular fiction, advice books, and periodical literature specially aimed at girls, Mitchell traces the rise and hey-day of the concept of girlhood as a separate stage of existence at the end of the 19th century. One of her primary assertions is that "over the years between 1880 and 1915 girls increasingly occupied a separate culture”. A new literature sprang up to meet the needs of girls to whom this new culture appealed. While Mitchell does not suggest there was a dramatic change in the kind of life most girls lived, clearly more options were opened: more active and independent role models were offered to girls. 

Keywords: labour / turn of the century / single-sex education / freat britain / girls / girls’ books / girls' culture / students / images of women)
FII m/0302

Rosemary Auchmuty
A world of girls
London : The Women's Press, 1992. - 244 p.

Rosemary Auchmuty takes a radical new look at the guilty delight of reading boarding school novels, a fiction genre about the lives of boarding school girls that was very popular with girls in the first half of the 20th century. The author wonders why so many readers are addicted to the genre, and discovers a powerful world of independent young women living together without the dominating influence of men. She demonstrates how these boarding school novels provided active role models and positive images for a massive readership of girls and women.

Keywords: writers / great britain / heroines / boarding schools / children’s literature / girls / girls’ books / friendship / images of women

Reading behaviour of girls and boys

Helma Van Lierop-Debrauwer; Toin Duijx
Iedereen leest!: een doorgaande leeslijn voor meisjes én jongens: bijdragen aan het gelijknamige symposium op 27 januari 2010
Tilburg: Tilburg University, 2011.- 146 p.
ISBN     978-94-6167-029-8

DII 3a/0279

Michael Sullivan
Connecting boys with books 2: Closing the reading gap
Chicago: American Library Association, 2009.-119 p.
ISBN      978-0-8389-0979-9

Reading skills of pre-adolescent boys lag behind those of girls in the same age group. Sullivan draws on his own experiences as an activist and mixes them with perspectives gleaned from other experts to help you uncover the signs that point to the reading gap, find creative new programming ideas to match boys’ interests and establish strategies for boys and reading. Reading suggestions for boys are added to every chapter.

Keywords: boys/ reading habits/ education/ gender differences/ united states of america
DII 5f/0001

Gemma Moss
Literacy and gender: researching texts, contexts and readers
London : Routledge, 2007. - 218 p. (Literacies)
ISBN 978-0-415-23457-3

Why are girls outperforming boys in literacy skills in the Western education system today? To date, there have been few attempts to answer this question. Literacy and Gender sets out to redress this state of affairs by re-examining the social organization of literacy in primary schools. Moss investigates girls’ and boys’ reading development, reading behaviour at school and at home, as well as their preferences in genre, ficton or non-fiction, and the relationship between reading preferences and reading arrears. .Using fine-grained ethnographic analysis of reading in context, this book outlines methods for researching literacy as a social practice and for understanding how different versions of what counts as literacy can be created in the same site.

Keywords: education / primary education / reading habits / didactics / literature / gender / learning processes / curriculums / feminism / girls / boys / great britain
DII 3a/0244

Lesley S.J. Farmer
Librarians, Literacy and the Promotion of Gender Equity
Jefferson : McFarland & Company, 2005. - 182 p.
ISBN 0-7864-2344-7

It’s a severe challenge to make children acquainted with the search for information within the enormous quantity of available information. This book discusses the role of the information specialist par excellence: the librarian. Suggestions are offered for a gender sensitive library practice. In such a gender sensitive approach, it is indispensable to give attention to the different learning and reading behaviour of girls and boys.

Keywords: gender/ education/ equal opportunities/ reading habits/ boys/ girls/ libraries/ ict/ learning processes/ united states of america
DII 4a/0034

Holly Virginia Blackford ; forew.: Carol Christ
Out of this world: why literature matters to girls
New York : Teachers College Press, 2004. - 178 p. (Language and literacy series)
ISBN 0-8077-4466-2

The author analyzes the way girls discuss pleasure in becoming "the eye" of the reader, use film to decode the genres of literature, master forms such as fantasy and Gothic, describe the differences between reading and viewing films, and identify only with animal rather than human characters. Blackford intertwines the vivid voices of her girl respondents with her own story of moving beyond her feminist and multicultural assumptions of how children are shaped by the stories we tell in literature.

Keywords: literature / children’s literature / reading habits / reader-response theory / girls / experiences / research / united states of america

Elaine Millard
Differently literate : boys, girls and the schooling of literacy
London : The Falmer Press, 1998. - 211 p.
ISBN 0-7507-0661-9

Millard presents research into the differences in boys' and girls' experiences of the reading and writing curriculum at home and in school. The book is divided into three sections: an outline of the theoretical debates on gender difference and academic achievement; a description of the research into these issues conducted by the author; and an analysis of the author's findings. An extensive analysis is given about girls’ and boys’ reading behaviour and reading preferences. A description of teachers’ pedagogies is offered to promote reading to children.

Keywords: boys / girls / education / gender differences / gender / literature / reading habits / role behaviour / research / didactics / attitudes / great britain
DII 3a/0152

Meredith Rogers Cherland

Private practices : girls reading fiction and constructing identity
London ; Bristol : Taylor & Francis, 1994. - 242 p.
ISBN 0-7484-0226-8

Private Practices examines the broad fictional reading of middle class pre-teen girls in ethnographic detail, and describes the place of literacy, both at home and at school, in the construction of gender. The text also provides critical analysis and commentary concerning the role that reading fiction plays in cultural reproduction. In the hope that deeper knowledge of literacy as social practice will support social transformation and eventually social justice, the book suggests reasons for the fact that girls read more fiction and different fiction than boys. Private Practices concludes with a discussion of alternative pedagogies that imply more egalitarian values.

Keywords: canada / communication/ gender / identity/ reading habits / gender differences / girls / girls’ books / education / research
DII 3a/0088

Gender in school books

Carole Brugeilles ; Sylvie Cromer
Analysing gender representations in school textbooks
Paris : CEPED, 2009. - 129 p.
ISBN 978-2-87762-178-6

In school books genderstereotypes frequently occur. Not only in Western textbooks, but also in those from developing countries, as this study concludes. Brugeilles and Cromer examinated mathematics textbooks in French-speaking Africa. This study is also available in French in the RoSa library (DII 3f/0095) .

Keywords: teaching materials / mathematics / primary education / gender / socialisation /images of men / images of women / role behaviour/ africa / french-speaking
DII 3f/0114

Carole Brugeilles ; Sylvie Cromer

Comment promouvoir l'égalité entre les sexes par les manuels scolaires ?: guide méthodologique à l'attention des acteurs et actrices de la chaîne du manuel scolaire
Paris : UNESCO, 2008. - 98 p.

This UNESCO guide shows how gender inequality is constructed in textbooks through the curriculum. Moreover, it offers actors involved a series of tools to revise textbooks or use existing textbooks critically, whether in the teacher/learner relationship, among individuals involved in the textbook chain (from design to use), or outside the school in families and the community. It is intended to be practical and specific, offering examples of action and experience in Africa, although it is designed to be used in other regions as well. This guide is also available in English in the RoSa library (DII 3f/0106).

Keywords: education / equal opportunities / teaching materials / research/ togo / cameroon/ ivory coast / tunisia / guide / methods of research
DII 3f/0107

Pascal Tisserant ; Anne-Lorraine Wagner

Place des stéréotypes et des discriminations dans les manuels scolaires: rapport final
[S.l.] : HALDE, [2008]. - 207 p.

In this study stereotypes in textbooks are examined, from a juridical, a cognitive and a socio-psychological point of view. The research results concerning the portrayal of women, ethnic minorities, disabled people, gays/ lesbians and seniors, are supplemented with specific suggestions for persons involved and policy makers.

Keywords: education / discrimination / stereotyping / gender / ethnicity / age / lesbigays / people with disabilities / teaching materials / france / report
DII 3a/0268

Denise Guillaume

Le destin des femmes et l'école : manuels d'histoire et société
Paris : L'Harmattan, 1999. - 253 p. (Savoir et formation)
ISBN 2-7384-7623-6

Guillaume examines women’s roles in end 19th and 20th century textbooks for the subject of History in French primary education. Women are found to be often ignored in the area of political and labour history. Guillaume gives suggestions to adjust the image of women in History textbooks.

Keywords: teaching materials / research / sexism / images of women / gender / 19th century / 20th century / primary education / history / france
DII 3m/0018

Karen Karp (e.a.)
Feisty Females: Inspiring Girls to Think Mathematically
Portsmouth: Heinemann, 1998.- 160 p.
ISBN      0-325-00009-3

The authors developed an innovative approach to literature-based mathematics instruction that focuses on books with strong female role models. Organized around learning strategies proved successful with girls, it provides guidance in selecting books with hardy female characters, descriptions of lessons, a list of children's literature resources, and an extensive annotated bibliography.

Keywords: teaching materials/ children’s literature/ girls/ mathematics/ didactics/ attitudes/ learning processes/ images of women/ united states of America
DII 3g/0102


Ilja Mottier
S/he in textbooks : equal presence of women and men in educational materials
Enschede : The National Institute for Curriculum Development, 1997. - 31 p.

This brochure reports which strategies are used in different European countries to correct the portrayal of men and women in textbooks. Mottier investigates textbooks for the subjects history, languages and art as well as geography, economics, mathematics, science and technology. For each subject guidelines are given.  

Keywords: equal opportunities / teaching materials / images of men / images of women / evaluation
DII 2g/0005

Jessica Schoemaker (e.a.)
Checklist emancipatie educatief materiaal
Ede : Ontwikkelcentrum, 1995. - 37 p.

Manual for authors of teaching aids in the form of a checklist consisting of 20 questions, aimed at the production of textbooks that are more inviting to girls. An explanation and suggestions are added to every question.

Keywords: emancipation / teaching materials / netherlands / education / role behaviour
DII 3g/0075

Anita Rasenberg
Boeken : leshandleiding voor de leraar
's-Hertogenbosch : Katholiek Pedagogisch Centrum, 1992. - 17 p.

Primary school teaching package to make pupils familiar with books, comics and magazines containing non-genderstereotypical situations and characters. This teacher manual goes with a pupil’s handbook (P 4/0352).

Keywords: primary education / children’s literature /teaching material / netherlands / education / role behaviour
P 4/0350


Duncan McCorquodale ; Sophie Hallam ; Libby Waite
Illustrated children's books
London : Black Dog Publishing, 2009. - 237 p.
ISBN 978-1-906155-81-0

Illustrated Children’s Book goes back and visits the history of Anglo-Saxon children’s books, looking at the design and characters of these well loved tales. It takes us on a visual journey of the development of children’s illustrations throughout the ages, the ‘notion of childhood’, historical facts and the design and illustration of these memorable books. From classics such as Alice in Wonderland and Winnie the Pooh, to today’s picture books, this book explores the cover design, character illustration and interiors of these well-loved stories.

Keywords: writers / children’s literature / illustrations / illustrators / historical

Sylvie Cromer (e.a.) Groupe de réflexion sur l'éducation non sexiste des enfants

La bibliothèque en tous genres: lire & construire l'égalité au 21e siècle 
Bruxelles : DeSLI Égalité des Chances; Commune de Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, 2009. - 21 p.

Presentation of the reflection group on non-sexist education and introduction of the “Bibliothèque en tous genres”. This section of the Saint-Josse-ten-Noode library contains children’s and youth literature, written in a gender aware style. Studies about gender in children’s books are briefly discussed, as are the challenges and the aims of the reflection group. 

Keywords: children’s literature / public libraries / upbringing / gender / role behaviour / anti-sexism / belgium
DII 1a/0057

Cathérine Monnot
Petites Filles d’Aujourd’hui: L’Apprentissage de la féminité
Paris: Éditions Autrement, 2009.-176 p.

The feminization of girls starts at a younger and younger age. How do girls learn to act like girls and what does it mean ? What kind of girl exactly do they have to be in an era and society where rites of passage seem to have disappeared? What part do culture, media, literature and mass communication play in this process? Based on an ethological approach, this book portrays today’s little girl in the Western world and the learning of gender roles in leasure activities (reading, sports,...)

Keywords: girls/ girls’ culture/ femininity/ leisure/ music/ dance/ friendships/ sexuality/ boys/ france

Marina Marissen ; Martine Cammaert
Mijn gezin, anders dan anders: keuzelijst boeken met kleuters, kinderen en jongeren uit niet-traditionele gezinnen in de hoofdrol
Antwerpen : Katholiek Centrum voor Lectuurinformatie en Bibliotheekwerk, 2003. - 82 p.

This bibliography contains a selection of annotated children’s and juvenile books from 1998-2003 about non-traditional families, divorced parents and single mothers.

Keywords: family / children’s literature / bibliography

Vivi Edström
Astrid Lindgren : a critical study
Stockholm : R&S Books, 2000. - 327 p.
ISBN 9-12964-653-7

Astrid Lindgren is one of the most beloved children’s books authors of the 20th century. Her most famous creation, Pippi Longstocking, has been embraced by many generations of children around the world. Astrid Lindgren: a critical study offers the first elaborate study of Lindgren’s work. She was reluctant to overprotect children and let her characters lead a life without adult supervision. The girls in her books are generally tough, adventurous and independent, which broke with tradition of gender stereotypical children’s literature.

Keywords: children’s literature / writers / sweden / lindgren astrid/ biographical details / literary criticism


Janice McCabe
Gender in Twentieth-Century Children’s Books: Patterns of Disparity in Titles and Central Characters 
- In: GENDER & SOCIETY ; Vol. 25: No.2 (2011), p. 197-226
Keywords: gender/ children’s literature
dd/000079 (digital document)

Victoria Flanagan
Girl Parts: The Female Body, Subjectivity and Technology in Posthuman Young Adult Fiction  
- In: FEMINIST THEORY ; Vol. 12 : No. 01 (2011), p. 39-53
Keywords: female body / girls / technology / literature / children’s literature / adolescence

Nancy Taber ; Vera Woloshyn
Issues of exceptionality, gender, and power: exploring Canadian children's award-winning literature
- In: GENDER AND EDUCATION; Vol. 23: No. 07 (dec 2011), p. 889-902
Keywords: gender / children's literature / discourse analysis / feminism / canada


Michelle A. Abate
“Plastic Makes Perfect”: My Beautiful Mommy, Cosmetic Surgery, and the Medicalization of Motherhood 
- In: WOMEN´S STUDIES; Vol. 39 : No. 07 (2010), pp. 715-746
Keywords: children’s literature/ plastic surgery/ motherhood/  images of women

Louise Collins
Autonomy and Authorship: Storytelling in Children's Picture Books
- In: HYPATIA; Vol. 25 : No. 01 (2010), p. 174-195
Keywords: children’s literature/ autonomy/ ethics

Anne-Marie Dionne
Developing Critical Literacy Skills: Exploring Masculine and Feminine Stereotypes in Children’s Literature
Ontario: Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat, 2010.- 4 p.
Keywords: children’s literature/ stereotyping/ education
dd/000119 (digital document)

Sabrina-Sinigaglia Amadio

Place et Représentation des Femmes dans les Manuels Scolaires en France: La Persistance des Stéréotypes Sexistes
- In : NOUVELLES QUESTIONS FEMINISTES ; Vol. 29 : No. 02 (2010), p. 46
Keywords: teaching materials/ role behaviour/ education/ france

Manu Bühring
' Doe nooit wat je moeder zegt!': moederfiguren in kinderboeken
- In: LOVER ; jaargang 36 : nr 01 (03 2009), p. 8-11

Keywords: children’s literature / mothers

Elizabeth A. Dolan

Collaborative motherhood: maternal teachers and dying mothers in Charlotte Smith's children's books
- In: WOMEN'S WRITING ; jaargang 16 : nr 01 (mei 2009), p. 109-125

Keywords: writers / great britain / 18th century / smith charlotte/ children’s literature / motherhood

Sylvie Cromer
Jeugdliteratuur en gender of hoe kinderen naar prentenboeken kijken
- In: UITGELEZEN ; jaargang 15 : nr 02 (2de trim. 2009), p. 10-18

Keywords: children’s literature / gender / role behaviour/ stereotyping / research

Cyrille Offermans
Nog een halve hond: over het werk van Joke van Leeuwen
In: ONS ERFDEEL ; jaargang 51 : nr 03 (08 2008), p. 48-57

Keywords: writers / children’s literature/ netherlands / van leeuwen joke

Sue Jackson
‘She Might Not Have the Right Tools…and He Does’: Children’s Sense-Making of Gender, Work and Abilities in Early School Readers
- In: GENDER & EDUCATION ; Vol. 19 : No. 01 (2007), p. 61-77
Keywords: teaching materials/ images of women/ labour / role behaviour / attitudes/ children

Rae Lesser Blumberg
Gender Bias in Textbooks: A Hidden Obstacle on the Road to Gender Equality in Education
Paris: UNESCO, 2007.-54 p.
Keywords: international/ stereotyping/ gender/ teaching materials/ education
dd/000120 (digital document)

Marte Engdal
Ricoeur and the girls: on the playful presentation of being a girl in a threatening world and Ricoeur's paradigm of reading
- In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF WOMEN'S STUDIES ; jaargang 12 : nr 04 (november 2005), p. 453-469
Keywords: pupils / epistemology / feminism / girls' culture

Pierrette Bouchard ; Natasha Bouchard
L' imprégnation idéologique et la résistance: étude des réactions d'un groupe de préadolescentes à deux magazines pour jeunes filles
- In: RECHERCHES FEMINISTES ; jaargang 18 : nr 01 ( 2005), p. 5-24
Keywords: girls / periodicals / identity / research / role behaviour

Sue Jackson ; Susan Gee

‘Look Janet', 'No you look John': constructions of gender in early school reader illustrations across 50 years
- In: GENDER AND EDUCATION ; jaargang 17 : nr 02 (may 2005), p. 115-128
Keywords: gender / children’s literature / teaching materials

Lori Baker-Sperry ; Liz Graverholz
The pervasiveness and persistence of the feminine beauty ideal in children's fairy tales
- In: GENDER & SOCIETY ; jaargang 17 : nr 05 (10 2003), p. 711-726
Keywords: fairy tales / images of women / appearance

Robert Balfour
Between the lines : gender in the reception of texts by schoolchildren in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
- In: GENDER AND EDUCATION ; jaargang 15 : nr 02 (juni 2003), p. 183-199
Keywords: education / reader-response theory / gender / south africa

Elizabeth Yeoman

''How does it get into my imagination?': elementary school chldren's intertextual knowledge and gendered storylines
- In: GENDER AND EDUCATION ; jaargang 11 : nr 04 (12 1999), p. 427-440
Keywords: learning processes / gender / reading habits

Sylvie Cromer ; Adela Turin
Que racontent les albums illustrés pour enfants?: ou comment présente-t-on les rapports hommes-femmes au plus jeunes?
- In: RECHERCHES FEMINISTES ; jaargang 11 : nr 01 ( 1998), p. 223-230
Keywords: children’s literature / sexism / role behaviour / comic strips

Christine Hall (e.a.)
Gendered readings : helping boys develop as critical readers
- In: GENDER AND EDUCATION ; jaargang 09 : nr 01 (maart 1997), p. 61-68
Keywords: boys / learning processes / reading habits / research

Alexis Wing

How can children be taught to read differently ? Bill's New Frock and the 'Hidden Curriculum'
- In: GENDER AND EDUCATION ; jaargang 09 : nr 04 (december 1997), p. 491-504
Keywords: children / reading habits / hidden curriculum

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