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Pink Is for Boys

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  985 ratings  ·  328 reviews
An empowering and educational picture book that proves colors are for everyone, regardless of gender.

Pink is for boys... and girls... and everyone! This timely and beautiful picture book rethinks and reframes the stereotypical blue/pink gender binary and empowers kids – and their grown-ups – to express themselves in every color of the rainbow. Featuring a diverse group of
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Running Press
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La Coccinelle
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I wanted to like this one. In some ways, I did. The text is simple and straight to the point, and the illustrations are very, very cute. Pink for girls and blue for boys is a fairly recent idea; before that, it was the other way around. I was looking forward to a book that smashes those gender conventions and lets kids know they can wear (and like) whatever colour they please.

But... when you have a book that's supposed to be about demolishing gender stereotypes, it's not great to see them reinfo
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Stories Deconstructing the Gendered Use of Pink & Blue
One of a new crop of picture-books attempting to dismantle rigidly gendered ideas about childhood play and identity - others titles include: Afsaneh Moradian's Jamie Is Jamie: A Book About Being Yourself and Playing Your Way , Airlie Anderson's Neither , and Sarah and Ian Hoffman's Jacob's New Dress - Pink Is for Boys pairs a simple, sing-song text highlighting the idea that various colors are for everyone, with artwork that is itself vibrantly colorful...

Although I appreciate the inte
Annie ⚜️
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
My son's favorite color is red so when a red item, be it a shirt, soccer ball, thermos, what have you, is not available he chooses pink because he figures red and white make pink. So, I don't see a legitimate reason he can't choose pink. Well, it finally happened. He told me he didn't want the pink thermos because kids said pink's for girls. Well, I proceeded to teach him to use the word IGNORANT correctly and I picked up this book. ...more
Erin Murray
The simplicity of this book is fantastic for all ages. Not only is the text on each page minimalistic, the pictures speak 1000 words. I love the diverse amount of characters within the illustrations and how inclusive they are. The book breaks away from the stereotypical 'blue is for boys' and 'pink is for girls' ideas. All colours are acceptable for everyone and the book reiterates that, I enjoyed it. ...more
Alice Rachel
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book, but the concept and wording are very basic. It’s still good to teach kids to break gender stereotypes. It just felt too simple, also very binary-focused.
Alice Bennett
This is a brilliant book to challenge the classic stereotype that pink is for girls. The simple language makes it accessible for young children and we could discuss our favourite colours; creating a display of what we love and what makes us different.

With lower KS2 we could talk about how the media presents ‘girls and boys’ differently.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to @kidlitexchange #partner for a free review copy of this book. All opinions are my own!

Cheerful, fun illustrations complement the message of this picture book - that all the colors are for everyone. A diverse group of children explore great things in each color, some real and some imaginary. It's a quick read and can lead readers to a discussion about how boys and girls don't have to conform to societal expectations. My 2nd grade students loved this book, and were constantly thinking ab
Amy Brydon Jones
I really wanted to love this book after reading a bit about it, and I didn’t by any means hate it, although I did feel like more could have been done with the text. The message the book conveyed was brilliant but the writing could have been more descriptive. I did love how the book acts as a means to defy gender norms and especially norms such as colours which is such a common thing in primary school ( I have so heard so many children say ‘you’re a boy! You can’t wear pink!’) in this case though ...more
Kara Lauren
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wish this book had been around when I was young. I remember so many people giving me grief because I liked a certain color. One time I colored a bunny purple and the whole girl scouts group was in a frenzy.

I loved the illustrations and that the colors were compared to things like animals, toys, etc. I recommend this to everyone!
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simply told but still manages to convey a strong message that any reader can relate to. Takes color-based gender preconceptions and turns it on its head with fun text and vibrant illustrations.
Baby Bookworm
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Hello, friends! Our book today is Pink Is For Boys, written by Robb Pearlman and illustrated by Eda Kaban, a clever color book that also challenges the notion of gender-exclusive colors.

Pink is for boys AND girls. Blue is for girls AND boys. And orange, green, brown, purple? Both boys and girls can enjoy these too! Each page introduces the reader to a new color of the rainbow, then shows how bo
Kellee Moye
My son loves all the colors. Except, according to him, pink and purple. Where did this come from?! In my house, all colors are wonderful colors and girls and boys can like and do whatever they want, but he must have been told by someone ‘out there’ that pink and purple are girl colors, and Trent, wanting to be accepted, now felt he couldn’t like these colors. I try to counteract this notion in my house, but it is ‘out there’ that minds need to shift or I am fighting a battle so much bigger than ...more
Jillian Heise
Though I like the message this book sends about gender perception and not gendering neutral things like color, and enjoyed the simplicity of how it cheerfully presents it to kids, there is one thing bothering me which makes me question if I would share it. When I look at the illustrations of the diverse children throughout this book, there are two of them that have eyes that look noticeably different in shape from the roundness of all the rest - they have angled lines for eyes seemingly intendin ...more
We really like this book because it features the importance of acceptance, that colours are for everyone, regardless of gender, race and cultural expectations. The illustrations are beautiful and feel very whimsical.
I think we would have enjoyed the book itself if it flowed a little easier, it felt quite choppy to read aloud. Otherwise, well worth a read!
I wanted to like this book, but the binary gender reinforcement bothered me in an otherwise strong picture book about combating gender roles.
Jul 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-picture-books
All this book seems to do is enforce a binary. There are attempts at inclusivity that feel like tokenization.
Ben Truong
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pink Is for Boys is a children's picture book written by Robb Pearlman and illustrated by Eda Kaban, which focus on a noble princess and a beautiful maiden come together and finds true love together.

Peralman's text is simplistic and straightforward. It is a book of colors and questions the stereotypical gender associations to them. Kaban's illustrations resemble 1960s animation, which create an inviting, kinetic world. Her characters are bundles of mischievous, untrammeled energy, with mouths wi
Dec 15, 2018 rated it liked it
The idea behind the title appealed to me, which is why I ordered this book for my son's Christmas gift. I read it ahead of time (can't resist a good picture book) and while I like it, I have to say that the execution lacks something that could've really made it special.

Being titled Pink for Boys, I would've thought that there would be more time spent on that and going outside the expected assigned binary colors, but I didn't see that except for a page or two in the beginning. There were more col
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
I loved this book so much. I love that it celebrates girls and boys loving all colors and not assigning them to a gender. My son loves pink and purple and gets teased for it. I always tell him to love what you love and to never feel like you have to explain it to anyone. This books is an important message for young ones, early on in life, to aid in explaining that girls and boys can love all the colors because all the colors make up this bright beautiful world we live in! This book is bursting w ...more
Jan 12, 2020 added it
Shelves: week-2
Text to the World:

This book relates to the real world because it shows how different age,race, and/or gender can come together and get along with one another without judgement. This is really big because in the world we still have people today that are racist and look down on others. The book also relates to the world because its justifying that its ok to have the same job titles, wear the same clothes, or like the same sports. We live in a free country where we have our own thoughts, feelings,
Jessica Rodrigues
A lovely reminder that there's no such thing as "girl colors" and "boy colors" and girls and boys can play baseball or put on their fanciest clothes and pretend they're at the royal wedding. It's silly to gender unnecessary things. ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: story-time

But...really...this book might be a bit TOO simple. For kids, it might be just fine. It certainly has a good message and wonderful art. Just...y'know...throw in a rhyme every once in awhile or some alliteration or SOMETHING.
Marlaina Jean-Baptiste
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: week-2
Text to text connection

This book is very similar to Brown Bear,Brown Bear, What do you see by Bill Martin & Eric Carle. These two books provide vivid images that explains the content on the cover of the book. Teaching the children about colors in a creative way, the stories are playful and easy to read. It's interesting to see the shapes being used in the drawings inside the books. Making learning colors a breeze.
Jk Jensen
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well-suited for the youngest readers, Pink is for Boys helps us all understand the diversity of interests people have. It encourages expanding social norms and allowing people to express themselves freely.
Jessica Furtado
A great concept that lacks power in its execution.
Faith Tydings
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Love this book!
Maude P. Ragsdale Hiram Library
very cute
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
A nice color book that's a bit left of center (if you want to look at it that way... I just see this book as a long time coming). Thank goodness for a deliberate picture book of this sort. (Great for people who want to scream over gendered books, toys, colors, and everything else.) ...more
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Colors are genderless.
Mia Vicino
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
on vacation in san diego and checked out the LGBTQ+ exhibit at the history museum! there was a picture book section and my friend and i gave this one a read. cute! pink is for EVERYONE! :)
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