A funny, quirkily illustrated and heartwarming list of the rights of boys and girls, presented as a flipbook to be read from either end. A book for those who believe in gender equality, self-expression and the right to be who we are.
Girls, just like boys, have the right to be scruffy, untidy, hyper, to do any job they like, not to be princesses, to love whoever they like.
Boys have as much right as girls to cry, to play with dolls, to wear pink, to like reading, not to be superheroes, to fall in love with anyone they like.
If you’d like to know more, check out this piece in the Irish Times written by publisher and translator Siobhán Parkinson about the book!
PRAISE FOR DECLARATIONS
‘Possibly the best kids book ever … two books in one and it’s FANTASTIC’ – Roisín Ingle, journalist
‘Fiction for the six-plus crew is often highly gendered, so Elisabeth Brami and Estelle Billon-Spagnol’s non-fiction manifesto … is incredibly welcome as a title that draws attention to gender stereotyping. It encourages readers to remember that gender stereotypes affect everyone; that just as girls should have the right to have any job they like and stand up for themselves, boys too must have “the right to cry and to be hugged” and “the right not to be a superhero every day”… The vibrant and funny illustrations take the potentially preachy edge off this important book for the under-10s.’ – The Irish Times
‘An important book that deserves a special place in every classroom across the globe as a reminder of our equal rights, and to encourage us not to be restricted by expectation or particular stereotypes, but to do what we enjoy doing.’ – RTÉ Junior Book Club
‘The book does a fantastic job of spreading a message of equality without being preachy or insulting to anyone’s faith. There’s really not much else to say except buy it now. A must read for all ages.’ – John Ryan
Elisabeth Brami was born in Warsaw. After graduating from studies in humanities and literature, she became a psychologist. She has been practising this profession since 1974 in a hospital for teenagers in the Paris region. Married and a mother of three children, she became an author for young people in 1990. Since then, she has not stopped writing and she has been translated into many languages.
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Estelle Billon Spagnol was born in the Champagne region of France and grew up surrounded by books, crayons and vineyards. After studying law, Billon-Spagnol entered the police force, but at the age of thirty she turned 180 degrees and has since published twenty books as an illustrator, author or both. She now lives, writes and draws in Paris.