NURSERY kids are being encouraged to question their gender by being read stories that challenge male and female stereotypes.
The books, which include characters who believe they are the wrong gender, will be read to children as young as three.
They were put on primary and nursery school reading lists by LGBT inclusion group Educate and Celebrate, Sunday Times reports.
One of the books features a teddy bear called Thomas, who says: “In my heart, I’ve always known that I am a girl teddy, not a boy teddy. I wish my name was Tilly, not Thomas.”
Introducing Teddy, which is published by Bloomsbury, also features an exchange between the bear and his pal where Thomas says: “I need to be myself, Errol.”
Another of the books, called Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?, has a main character called Tiny who questions their identity.
Topics listed at the back of the book include “Does it matter if Tiny is a boy or a girl? Should Tiny be allowed to play football and dress up as a fairy?”
The move has been branded a mistake by Campaign for Real Education chairman Chris McGovern.
He said: “I do not question the intentions of the people using and promoting this material, but it is misguided.
“They are inflicting adult neuroses about gender onto children who are not interested in gender. Children do not have issues about their gender in 99.9 per cent of cases.
“Adults need to stop thinking children see the world the way they do. They do not.
“They may play at being a goblin one day, a dragon the next. They do not see the world in the way adults do and inflicting adult neuroses about gender onto children is damaging and cruel.”
Educate and Celebrate were funded by the Department of Education and have backed schools in adopting gender-neutral toilets and uniforms.
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Founder Elly Barnes said: “The book collections we have sourced for schools are much needed to break the heteronormative model to reflect real-life families, which come in all different shapes and sizes.
“Our young people are not born racist, sexist, homophobic or transphobic. The problem lies with the grown-ups and giving them the confidence and the resources to be inclusive of gender identity and sexual orientation — the books provide an accessible way for teachers to do this.”
The Department for Education confirmed it had funded the organisation the past but said it was not involved in their work providing the reading lists to schools.
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