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Happy International Women’s Day!

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Here at Tiny Owl, we’ve always sought to give children favourite characters and role models that are more diverse than mainstream literature, in gender as well as culture. One of the most important and effective ways to tackle prejudice and discrimination is through representation in books. This can contribute hugely to children’s understanding of the world around them.

Check out our latest titles striving to empower and challenge stereotypes about women and girls!

Paris Cat

Written by Dianne Hofmeyr, and illustrated by Piet Grobler, Paris Cat is a story of innovation, self-belief, and above all, the strength of female characters. Through perseverance and courage, the protagonist manages to succeed on her Parisian adventures. But that’s not all! The sassy and stylish Kitty meets some very influential people as she makes her way through Paris! Dancer, entertainer and civil rights activist Josephine Baker is one of them, as well as French singer and actress Édith Piaf! It’s so important to continue celebrating the achievements of women, both past and present.

Last

While the text in Nicola Davies’s Last: The Story of a White Rhino follows the journey of a rhino’s return to the wild, the powerful illustrations cleverly highlights that this only becomes possible due to the incredible efforts of a young girl with a green scarf. Follow this inspiring girl as she grows and becomes determined to help the rhino she meets at her local zoo. Can you spot the binoculars and maps through her bedroom window?

Bloom

Ultimately, adults can learn a lot from children, from their energy and enthusiasm, to their refreshing take on life. From Anne Booth and Robyn Wilson-Owen’s Bloom is bursting full of hope. Each day, a little girl speaks to a beautiful flower on her way to school, telling it how much she loves it, until the possessive owner of the flower sends her away. Unable to understand why the flower then closes, he tries to make it bloom again – but only when he asks the girl’s advice will the flower again share its beauty. We all have a lot to learn from this wise and thoughtful little girl.

  • Download: Discover Last teacher resources!
  • Download: Discover our FREE Last activity pack!
  • Read a blog: Discover the inspirational life of Josephine Baker
  • Read a blog: Discover the exciting life of Edith Piaf
  • Read blog: Schools across the UK have been inspired by Bloom!

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