We talk about the need for diverse books for children, but when we import 40% or 50% of our books from a generation ago or more, diversifying the bookshelf becomes a much more difficult problem.
When I analyzed the board books in our house, the imbalance between genders was striking: in 30 books, we have 14 male protagonists and 4 female. Distribution of speaking parts for characters was even worse. But I'm not ready to toss good books for bad gender politics. I have a few strategies to decrease the gap.