GEC Best Books List

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Sir Tim Bernes-Lee

Please follow this link for the article written by Founder, Nicole Ponsford. 

Here is our current list. Please click on the title to find out more about the books: 

Girls as Heroes

I Know A Woman,  Kate Hodges

Women In Science, Rachel Ignotofsky

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World, Kate Pankhurst

The Paper Bag Princess, Cat Munsch

Zog and The Flying Doctors, Julia Donaldson

Phantom Lollipop Man, Pamela Butchartt

Bedtime Stories for Rebel Girls, Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavello

Ms Marvel (graphic novel)


Boys and Worries

Dogs Don’t Do Ballet, Anna Kemp

Kevin, Rob Biddulph

William’s Doll, Charlotte Zolotow

Walter and the No-Need-To-Worry Suit, Rachel Bright

Jonathon James and The WhatIf Monster, Michelle Nelson-Schmidt

Baking With Dad, Aurora Cacciapuoti

My Princess Boy, Cheryl Kilodavis



The Roman Quests, Carolie Lawrence

Harry Potter, JK Rowling

Porridge the Tartan Cat, Alan Dapre

Arthur, the Unlikeliest of Heroes, Joe Tod-Stanton

Zita The Space Girl, Ben Hatke

Pearl Power (including Pearl Power and The Girl With Two Dads), Mel Elliott

Reeve & McIntyre Production Series, including Jinks & O'Hare Funfair Repair


Grown Up Books

Yes Please, Amy Poehler

Everyday Sexism, Laura Bates

Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg

How Not To Be A Boy, Robert Webb

The Gender Agenda, Ros Ball and James Millar (GEC Steering Group)

GEC Exclusives!

Dad’s Don’t Babysit: Towards Equal Parenting, James Millar (GEC)

Stories of Boys Who Dare to Be Different, Ben Brookes and Quinton Winter (GEC friend for #SmashingStereotypes and our pilot scheme)


What would you add? Please get in touch and share with us. I am sure Sir Tim would be thrilled if you did.

PS We would say that these books are great for boys and girls alike!

Further Reading on Gender Equality and Books


Let Toys Be Toys 

LetterBox Library 

Books For Topics (like Fantastic Females)

Women and Book Awards

Our Graham Andre (GEC Steering Group)’s padlet including book lists

Best Books on Gender Equality

Queens Just Look Out Of The Window article

Books to Help Emotional Health