Stories Beyond Stereotypes


Our Health Promotion Team was delighted to take part in the launch of Stories Beyond Stereotypes – a booklist featuring real and imaginary characters who follow their own path, unconstrained by gender stereotypes.

Stories that promote gender equality teach children that anything is possible and provide an opportunity to set the foundations for healthy and respectful relationships in adolescence and adulthood.

This booklist has been designed as a guide for teachers, educators, families and carers of children aged 7 to 12 years to go beyond gender stereotypes and promote healthy, equal, respectful and positive relationships. If your school is working on embedding Respectful Relationships into your school curriculum, these books a perfect!

Melbourne-based author Alex Miles (Girl Geek, Olive Black and Zac Power series), was the leading guest speaker and spoke about her writing process, why it’s important for children to read books that break down gender stereotypes and how to make reading more fun.

Catherine and Alex_Author_SBS 2019

This initiative is a partnership between Eastern Regional Libraries, Knox City Council, Maroondah City Council, Yarra Ranges Council, Women’s Health East, Inspiro, EDVOS, Level Playground and EACH.

Group photo_SBS launch_2019

The EACH Health Promotion Team was successful in receiving a grant of $1000 provided by The Department of Education and Training to support Childrens Week activities to highlight the importance of children’s health and wellbeing. The grant was utilised to support this event, providing the opportunity to have key speaker Alex Miles, as well as the purchase of 3 sets of book collections from the booklist, which were raffled off on the night.

The booklist is available at

To find out more about the Stories Beyond Stereotypes booklist, please contact Catherine Delaney, Health Promotion Officer, EACH on (03) 9757 6278 or via


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