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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Why Girls Read More Than Boys

Those who Love Fire Trucks May want to READ Too!

The fire engine theme is a very cute idea for a 3-year-old party but why make the boy/girl distinction. 
Why girls read more than boys! Inspired idea for a 3-year-old party until they get to the "party favors"?
I'm thinking the assumption is boys like to eat (girls don't because they will get too big) and play with toy cars (girls obviously would not like that) and girls only like to read and wear cute bows.
I suspect there are several boys who would have liked a great book about fire engines and several girls who would have liked the toy truck. -- The preference should not be based on sex and preconceived stereotypical ideas about gender roles.
Here are a few "fire engine" books that could have been part of a child's experience - loving the action and excitement of what goes on at fire stations.  The titles range from a great new early reading chapter book (Butler) to a board book (DK publishing) to a classic title that still resonates in a quiet way (Lenski, Rey).
The Buddy Files: The Case of the Fire Alarm by Dori Hillestad Butler.
The Fire Engine Book (Little Golden Book)
by Tibor Gergely
Touch and Feel Fire Engine (Touch & Feel) [Board book] by DK Publishing

Fire Engines by Anne Rockwell
Richard Scarry's A Day at the Fire Station (Pictureback(R)) by Richard ScarryCurious George and the Firefighters by H. A. Rey and Margret Rey
The Firefighters' Thanksgiving
by Maribeth Boelt
A Fire Engine for Ruthie by Lesléa Newman

1 comment:

  1. So true, Sharron! I love to give little girls books that are stereotypically "boy" books. My father was a trainer for auto mechanics, so he showed my sister and me all the training films he used to train the mechanics. While I don't repair my own car, I've never been afraid to tackle repairing most appliances and even my computer! We need to raise both genders with a "you-can-do-it" attitude!