Mattel’s First-Ever Gender Neutral Doll

Mattel’s new “Creatable World” Doll kit is a gender-fluid doll that can be feminine-presenting, masculine-presenting, both or neither. The doll represents an important shift and is evidence of how the company is helping to usher in acceptance and understanding. “I think if we could have a hand in creating the idea that a boy can play with a perceived girl toy and a girl can …

“Gender Reveal” Party Originator Speaks Out

Jenna Karvunidis, a blogger credited with popularizing (and even inventing) the “gender reveal” party 11 years ago, is rethinking the trend—thanks to the child for whom her party was thrown. “PLOT TWIST!” she wrote in a Facebook post, before explaining that her child is “telling me ‘Mom, there are many genders. Mom, there’s many different sexualities and all different types,’ and I take her lead …

Fall Reading for Children of All Ages

Eight beautiful books on friendship, identity and the world around us

Earlier this year we became smitten with the messages, meaning and heart of “Lulu is a Rhinoceros,” a powerful book for children by Jason and Allison Flom. Pets, the quest for identity, friendship and the value of animals in our lives all make for important themes—worth instilling in youth and revisiting time and time again at any age. The following eight books address various aspects …