Some very lovely peeps of mine (thanks Rachel and Trish) pointed me in the direction of a couple of really amazing resources for kiddos around gender non-conformity, and then I found a couple on my own. If you've been sticking with the blog for a bit, you know that working against the grain of gender stereotyping and gendered social rules is an important issue to our family. Boy-o, though in many ways stereotypical "boy", has also been known to wear a princess dress and rock the ponytails now and again. And it's my hope that Girlio will follow her own path and find her own ways to circumnavigate all the heteronormative, gender normative messaging that's so pervasive in our culture. (Because the strict rules we carry around gender limits, and sometimes hurts,both boys and girls.) The reason I was so excited to find these resources, is that there is a veritable dearth of information around rewriting and reworking the concept of gender, and gender roles, particularly for the small set.
Anyhoo -without further blabbing on my part - on to the resources!
Then, while perusing one of the sites that the aforementioned colouring books are available at, I stumbled across a really cool sounding children's book. 10,000 Dresses, written by Marcus Ewert and illustrated by Rex Ray, explores the journey of a young boy who yearns to create and wear beautiful dresses.