Ode to a Tomboy
“Every girl is very different, it’s really great so I get annoyed. When people call some princesses, and other girls Tomboys.” – Emma-Jane Leeson, Ode to a Tomboy.
Why do ‘they’ label some girls princesses and others Tomboys?
This snappy rhyming and beautifully simple illustrated story explores what it predominately meant for a little girl to be called a Tomboy. It challenges the stereotype in a fun way and reassures children you don’t and shouldn’t have to tick certain boxes to fall into a label. This book will give reassurance to young girls who might be labeled a Tomboy already that it’s ok to enjoy and explore all aspects of their lives.
Suitable for up to 7 years old.
About the Tomboy book
Emma-Jane grew up as a quintessential Tomboy and was happiest in her dirty ‘working clothes’ (combats and a cowboy hat!) and hanging out with the boys.
She noticed her youngest daughter had similar traits and was inspired to write this story following a conversation with her. Her daughter was hiding that she liked certain things because people had told her ‘you can’t like/do that, you’re a Tomboy.’
It struck Emma-Jane then just how many people had said that to her throughout her life.
She hopes this book will empower young girls to be, do and like whatever they want to.
Illustrations by Emma Healy.
Emma Healy is a freelance 2d animator and illustrator based in the west of Ireland.
She has a BA in animation and motion design. She loves to work both traditionally and digitally.
Emma has been drawing since she was old enough to pick up a pencil, She has not put it down since.