General Resources and Tools


Virtual Story Time - Beyond Sparkles and Superheroes

In 2018 a number of organisations across the EMR developed the “Beyond Sparkles and Superheroes Booklist” - a picture booklist that present characters in a way that challenges gender stereotypes.

In response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the Beyond Sparkles and Superheroes project group developed a primary prevention virtual story time, using books from the booklist. The virtual story time will run for 4 weeks from 16 April until 7th May every Thursday at 3pm. It will involve a number of the books being read with activities, songs and rhymes to compliment.

The goal is to increase access for families to engage with books and activities that promote gender equity and respectful relationships during Covid-19, through a collaborative approach across the EMR.

The live story times will only be available for the duration of libraries closure during Covid-19. Supporting resources and activities can be found on the Level Playground website below.

Organisations: Eastern Regional Libraries, Yarra Ranges Council, Maroondah City Council, Knox City Council, Inspiro, EDVOS, Women’s Health East, EACH

Infographic: Beyond Sparkles and Superheroes

Booklist and Recordings: Beyond Sparkles and Superheroes

Resources: Level Playground