There are so many fun things to play with at Jamie’s new preschool—baby dolls to care for, toy cars to drive—and Jamie wants to play with them all! But the other children are confused . . . is Jamie a boy or a girl? Some toys are just for girls and others are just for boys, aren’t they? Not according to Jamie!
Jamie Is Jamie challenges gender stereotypes, shows readers that playing is fundamental to learning, and reinforces the idea that all children need the freedom to play unencumbered. A special section for teachers, parents, and caregivers provides tips on how to make children’s playtime learning time.
Reading Level: Grade 2
Interest Level: Ages 4–8
Guided Reading Level: K
Lexile Measure: 600L
Illustrated: color illust.
Trim Size: 8" x 8"
Page Count: 32
Praise for Jamie Is Jamie
“Jamie’s willingness to dance ballet, rock a baby, fix cars, and fight villains carefully breaks down gender stereotypes in toys and role play in an accessible way for children and adults alike.”—Foreword Reviews
“Thoroughly kid friendly. Unreservedly recommended.”—Children’s Bookwatch
Creating a Gender-Neutral Play Space
As much as we want kids to grow up in a world where they are free to be themselves, there is still a strong message given to kids that pink is for girls and blue is for boys—that there are “girl toys” and “boy toys.” From our experiences with kids, we know that their likes and interests do not fall neatly into “boy” and “girl” categories and that gender roles can feel limiting to kids. While we can’t change this overnight, there is a lot we can do as caretakers and educators to give young children the opportunity to play in a gender-neutral environment.
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