Recent research reveal that, in children’s literature, male main characters far outnumber females. Researchers analysed about 6,000 children’s books and discovered that males are central characters in approximately 60% of children’s books published each year, with only 30% having female central characters. An even wider discrepancy is noticed in books with animal themes, where 23% of male animals are main characters, while female animals star in only 7.5%.
Whether consciously or subconsciously, these numbers send a telling message to our kids. Alison Flood, in her May 6th 2011 article in The Guardian, describes the impact this way:
“The messages conveyed through representation of males and females in books contribute to children’s ideas of what it means to be a boy, girl, man, or woman. The disparities we find point to the symbolic annihilation of women and girls, and particularly female animals, in 20th-century children’s literature, suggesting to children that these characters are less important than their male counterparts,” write the authors. “The disproportionate numbers of males in central roles may encourage children to accept the invisibility of women and girls and to believe they are less important than men and boys, thereby reinforcing the gender system.”
Therein lies the impact of MeBookz. Simply put, MeBookz put your kids in the center of its story books. We create completely personalized and fully illustrated picture books with your kid as the main character. Our customizations include using your kid’s name as well as creating a fully illustrated main character in your kid’s likeness. Far beyond any story time experience, MeBookz will transform and enhance story time by making your child, male or female, the star of the story.
For more on Alison Flood’s gender imbalance article, follow this link: Study finds huge gender imbalance in children’s literature
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