bookworms delight!

bookworms delight!

bookworms delight

happy international women’s day! for IWD17 I dusted off this blog to post about something that’s very close to my heart: female representation in children’s books.

books are my fave kind of gift to give or receive, so when an email arrived in my inbox from a local independent kids’ store late last year entitled bookworms delight!,  I was pretty excited. my excitement soon gave way to dismay. they’d divided the books up into a list for ‘boys’ and a list for ‘girls’.

amazing babes was on their list for girls. frida kahlo was on their list for girls. there was not one book on the ‘boys’ list that featured a female protagonist. there was however, a male protagonist on the girls list. insert eye-roll here.

there were so many reasons this email was disappointing, but to pick just one, if all the books we’re reading to boys have male protagonists, the message we’re sending to boys is that the male perspective is the primary point of view. that the male experience is the normal, default experience. we need to undo this way of thinking.

how can boys get comfortable with seeing girls as leaders, or even simply as equals, if they’re never read books where a girl is the main player?

what was even sadder, was that on the list for boys they’d included a book called tough guys have feelings too, so they kind of were getting the idea about the need to break out of traditionally prescribed behaviour for men and women…. but then not quite.

so here are a few books with girls as the main character that we enjoy at our house. you can click through to read more about them. rose (5) and max (9) enjoy all of them in no particular order.

9 of our fave picture books about girls, for girls and boys 

1.  fancy nancy

2. just another ordinary day 

3. clubs: a lolly leopold story

4. best friends for frances and the frances books

5. knuffle bunny

6. rosie revere, engineer

7. princess smarty pants

8. ada twist, scientist

9. sleeping beauty, a mid-century fairy tale

as a side note, to make this list I gathered up a bundle of books that we regularly read from the kids’ bookshelves. what I found when I went to link the list for you, is that quite a few of the books by australian female authors, like the kinder hat and whisper wild freedom child were out of print. you may want to look for these in your local library.

happy reading,

bron x

p.s if you have any picture books you’d like to recommend, I’d love to hear!

the future is female

the future is female


if you’ve seen that awesome ‘the future is female’ t-shirt, you may have wondered, as I have, where it came from (and where to buy it). turns out the original t-shirt design was made in the 1970s for an nyc women’s book shop called labyris books.what-my-daughter-wore-female-tshirt

last year a photo of the t-shirt (worn by alix dobkin and taken by her then-girlfriend, liza cowan) was posted on h_e_r_s_t_o_r_y’s instagram account and rachel berks, an l.a designer who runs otherwild, saw the picture and recreated the shirt. she told the new york times, ‘the shirt is about a reaction to a misogynist and patriarchal culture that affects a lot of people’.

since then, celebs like cara delevigne, musician annie clark (st. vincent) and ariana grande have been seen wearing it (althought not without controversy).

as well as appearing in dozens of beautiful selfies, artwork has been created featuring the shirt like this sketch by artist jenny williams on what my daughter wore, and the quiet creature print by artist jane beaird (top).

and here’s the outfit, styled by myrtle featuring the tee with sechung pants, that inspired the quiet creature artwork:


you can get the shirt in sizes baby to tween to grown-up at otherwild. 25 % of the sale of the tee goes to planned parenthood in the u.s.

the tee at otherwild
the print at quiet creature (shipping in the u.s only)

bron x

welcome to sfr, a blog about being a girl

welcome to sfr, a blog about being a girl

welcome to something for rose.

last week donald trump was made president-elect of the united states. I’m deeply saddened by this on a number of levels. and I guess my answer to this disappointment is to make something that affirms what I believe in. in the face of something ugly, I’d like to make something beautiful.

so I’ve created this blog to record and curate things I’d like to share today, or one day, with my daughter, rose. she’s four.

she often asks me what I liked, or what I felt like when I was her age. things like, ‘were you nervous when you started school?’ or ‘did you like princesses when you were little?’ and ‘did you love your mum so much too?’ (my answers: no, yes and yes).

it’s also a place for me to share things I loved when I was growing up, or that, if I had a time machine, I’d show my younger self. things and ideas that are interesting, beautiful, pro-girl and fun.

there are so many ways to be a girl, and being female is awesome. I hope rose always feels that way too.

if you know of any wonderful books, products, ideas etc I could share with rose, please drop me a line at:

bron x