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Children select role models from their friends, movies, television, and books. As teachers, librarians, and parents, we can provide alternative roles that present well-rounded male and female characters who have choices and options. How we can do this through the many genres in children's literature is the subject of this fine collection of essays.
Beauty, Brains, and Brawn offers diverse perspectives on what it means to be a male or female child in children's literature, presenting stimulating views from the field's best-known authors, illustrators, and educators. The award-winning authors and illustrators talk about their motivation for creating the boys and girls in their books and they examine the child as audience. Essays from educators explore larger issues related to current research on gender and the classroom, multiethnic experiences and gender, and gender portrayals in contemporary fiction, historical fiction, and picture books.
Topics include parental roles in books for children, the kinds of books available for very young children and the gender issues housed within them, diversity and gender, the politics of gender and gender stereotypes in children's literature, finding authentic female and male voices in historical fiction, and the clash of conservative and liberal values in children's literature. Popular images in the media are also considered.
The Unquenchable Source, T. A. Barron Author Profile: Gary Paulsen
Deconstructing Harry, D. Thompson
Popular Series Books and the Middle-Class Children Inhabiting Them, J. Armstrong
Picture Books for Preschool Children, B. Chatton Author Profile: Mem Fox Illustrator Profile: Jerry Pinkney Author Profile: Andrea Pinkney
Are Authors Rewriting Folklore in Today's Image?, M. Chang Illustrator Profile: Paul O. Zelinsky
Truth as Patchwork, J. Hickman Author Profile: Karen Cushman Author Profile in Two Voices: Patricia and Fredrick McKissack
Separating the Men from the Boys, D. Woolsey
Representations of Native American Women and Girls in Children's Historical Fiction, D. Reese
Why Gender Stereotypes Still Persist in Contemporary Children's Literature, B. Louie Author Profile: Alice Mead Author Profile: Pat Mora
Parent Characters in Children's Novels, S. Vardell
Parallels, Polarities, and Intersections, A. Trousdale
Why Do Educators Need a Political Agenda on Gender?, K. Short
The Anomalous Female and the Ubiquitous Male, S. Lehr