Happy Women’s Day!
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The theme of this year’s Women’s Day is #EachforEqual, emphasising the importance of equality in all aspects of life.
One of the most important ways to achieve equal rights is through representation. Through resources like picture books, children can begin to understand the world around them. There is still a huge gender imbalance in the way women and girls are represented in children’s books.
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While all of our books strive to bring the importance of equality to the fore, in honour of Women’s Day, we’ve also put together a list of Tiny Owl books that challenge stereotypes and celebrate the strengths of women as well as men!
This inspiring poem has a powerful message about individuality. From dancing like a ballerina, to winning a race or washing the dishes – we shouldn’t let a child’s gender determine what they can and can’t do. This empowering poem encourages children to be whatever they want to be. With the likes of Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg doing incredible things to inspire the next generation, it is important that both girls and boys feel that they can dare to be who they want to be!
Children can benefit hugely from hearing strong female voices from across the world. Books such as Beverley Naidoo’s Cinderella of the Nile – exquisitely illustrated by Marjan Vafaeian – bring empowered female voices from different countries right into the home. The strength and courage of this Cinderella is inspiring, as she wins the day without a fairy godmother or a fancy frock!
Author Sufiya Ahmed was inspired to write this story after listening to her mother’s magical tales about the Indian jungle as a child. It is no surprise then, that the golden-hearted Miss Bandari is the heroine of this story. When she spots old crocodile Mr Magarmach, she takes pity on the lonely animal and offers him one of her sweet, juicy plums. Indeed, it is through Miss Bandari’s kindness that Mr Magarmach realises the true importance of friendship and loyalty.
This is a very special book about the power children can have to make us stop and think. A little girl’s empathy and caring nature allows the flowers in her local area to flourish and bloom. When an angry old man’s flower wilts, it is through the little girl’s warm heart that he soon realises that showing kindness and listening to others is very important.
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