Yes! This! A world of yes!
We, as women, read books with male protagonists all the time but it’s somehow bad or wrong for boys to read a book with a female protagonist? A book is a book, you never know which one will grab you and never let go!
When I asked my friends for fantasy book recommendations for an 11 year old, they had many wonderful suggestions. I hadn’t mentioned the gender of the child in the original post and a few posters made assumptions which appeared to influence the recommendations they gave (much to their chagrin). When I noticed this was happening I pointed it out, and that led into some great conversation. One friend, Lynn, had recommended books that her son enjoyed, but noted that she “assumed the child in question was a girl, but only because she liked the Princess Bride — interesting huh? I kind of hate to admit that.”
“It’s incredibly frustrating that parents, educators, and librarians continue to say that boys don’t have to read books that center on girls. There’s no reason that boys can’t empathize with girls, other than that we don’t teach them to. And as we continue to not teach them…
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