There was a study conducted by Janice McCabe at Florida State University in 2011. She looked at over 6,000 children’s books from the past century and found that central characters in the books were female in less than one third. How does one counter this trend? Well, it seems other parents are finding it easy enough to switch the gender roles when reading stories to their kids. I don’t remember doing this with my daughter when she was younger, but here’s one writer’s story about Bilbo Baggins as a girl. Sounds like it works pretty well for some stories, too!