Concept illustration for a kid’s book I’ll be doing soon called ‘Billy-Bob - Boy Ballerina"

It’s basically a story geared towards 6 year olds about a tough kid who wears tutus to school and likes to dance. I want to promote an abolition of gender-roles and emphasize the importance of sticking with your hobbies and the things you love just because you love them.

I believe that no child should be punished for expressing themself.

Because I’m a woman, because some of my books have pictures of girls on the cover, because some of my books have ‘princess’ in the title, I’m stamped as 'for girls only.’ However, the male writers who have boys on their covers speak to the entire school.
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Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters author Shannon Hale, who was told by a grade school she’d only be speaking to girls.

Her now-viral response exposes the double standard in kids’ books we need to leave behind