Sometimes, I think modern parenting is too black and white. And by “black and white,” I actually mean pink and blue. Marketers designate a specific gender even for the most universal things. (Diaper makers, I’m talking to you.)
And so it is with kids literature. Where the marketers leave off, it seems well-meaning grandparents pick up. My daughters get books about fairies and girl detectives; my son gets books about trucks. And other trucks.
But just like girls need so-called boy books, boys need girl books, too. Which is why I love John Cave Osborne’s feature on “non-macho” books for little boys. I can’t help but add a few more, which happen to be favorites of my toddler son’s.
Be sure you add your picks in comments.