Creating gender equity plays a significant role in preventing violence against women and children.
Early childhood educators have an important role to play because this is when children’s notions of gender roles are shaped and the foundations for respectful relationships are established.
In 2017, Communities for Children and Centre for Non-Violence in Bendigo, Australia, partnered with Kids’ Own Publishing to produce Rainbow Fox—a picture book written and illustrated by kindergarten children. Now available inclusive of teaching notes, or in a kit with teaching notes, posters and DVD, Rainbow Fox is bursting with quirky characters. They challenge gender stereotypes and live in a cosy cave that’s all the colours of the rainbow.
Use Rainbow Fox with children to explore:
- making friends and playing when there is difference and diversity
- emotions including feeling safe, being brave and building empathy
- how Mums and Dads can show they care and do all kinds of things, regardless of gender—kids too!
Rainbow Fox: Picture Book and Teaching Notes
Soft-cover picture book, 210 x 240mm, 12 pp
ISBN: 978 1 925077 60 5
Authors and illustrators: children from Lightening Reef Early Learning Centre
Teaching Notes: A4 booklet with page-by-page activities for pre-school and early primary school age children; developed by Communities for Children and Centre for Non-Violence with Carla Jeffrey, Early Childhood lecturer, La Trobe University, Bendigo, Australia