Who doesn’t love the gleam and smell of a freshly unwrapped book? We believe all children should be able to choose freely the books they like best and we celebrate all the marvellous writers, illustrators, publishers and booksellers that avoid putting boy or girl labels on books. Here we list some of our favourite reads for the very small people in our lives.
All booksellers featured on this page have received the Let Toys Be Toys “Toymark award” – our good practice award for the stores that are getting it right.
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From Letterbox Library – a not-for-profit children’s booksellers specialising in books which celebrate equality and inclusion…and with an allergy to stereotypes!
In this book by Karen Owen, an adventure-fuelled girl and boy conjure up fantastic worlds, picturing themselves as dragons, astronauts and more…A magical rhyming celebration of make-believe, soaring imaginations and being yourself. Includes mask-making tips!
Recommended age: 3-5 Years
From News From Nowhere – Liverpool’s not-for-profit radical & community bookshop.
Prince Jack is strong, rich, a top trampolinist and very, very handsome. But he is also cursed. When he is pricked by a sword he, and his whole castle, fall sound asleep. It’s up to the Princess Engineer to come and save the day!
Recommended age: 3-7 Years
Biff is not like ordinary dogs. He doesn’t do dog stuff like peeing on lampposts, scratching his fleas or drinking out of toilets. If you throw him a stick, he’ll just look at you like you’re crazy.
No, Biff is no ordinary dog. Biff likes music and moonlight and walking on his tiptoes. You see, Biff doesn’t think he’s a dog, Biff thinks he’s a ballerina, which is all very well… but dogs don’t do ballet – do they?
The hilarious story of a small dog with a big personality and even bigger dreams!
Price: £5.99 from News From Nowhere
Can Super Daisy save the world from little green peas (intergalactic lift-the-flaps included!)? A much loved, boisterous character who simply has no time for being conventional!
Recommended age: 3-6 Years
From Bookmarks – the largest socialist bookshop in Britain with a huge variety of kids books to encourage children to think outside the box.
William wants a doll – to hug, to feed, to tuck in, and kiss goodnight. “Don’t be a creep, ” says his brother. “Sissy, sissy, ” chants the boy next door. His father buys him trains and a basketball – but not the doll that William really wants. Then one day, someone comes along who understands why William should have his doll.
A subversive and playful book for children, and adults, to examine how pervasive gender stereotypes are in every aspect of life. This book helps to deconstruct the homogeneity of gender expression in children’s media by showing diverse pictures that reinforce positive gender roles for girls. Girls are not chicks. Girls are thinkers, creators, fighters, healers and superheroes.
Price: £7.99 from Bookmarks
Everyone wants to be the driver! Slip the double-sided figure into the acetate pocket to give the boy or girl the chance to drive a variety of emergency vehicles in these innovative board books. Great for motor-skills development!
Price: £4.99 from Child’s Play
Meet Clive – and his imagination! Clive loves his dolls. He enjoys playing with them, and sharing them with his friends. A gentle, affectionate book, celebrating diversity and challenging gender stereotypes.
Price: £2.50 from Child’s Play