Although I don't think anyone ever tried to guide me to the girls' books, I did have a stunning blow as an adult when I read a newspaper article about the Black Stallion series, in which the author said, 'Every boy can imagine he's Alec Ramsey.'
but it didn't bother me for long.
When I was at the pediatrician's office one afternoon when I was about 7, I came across a beautiful shiny book titled something like "Children's Bible Stories".
I read it & really liked it, since it was written in story form, & then I found a card in a pocket in the back of the book;
you could fill out the card & put it back in the pocket & someone would tell you how to get a whole set of these books!
*Of course* I filled out that card!
(Evidently in those long-ago days, the sales rep collected the cards so you didn't have to mail them in.)
One day not too long after that, a nice man in a nice suit came to our house, & by the time he left, we had ordered the entire set of Bible stories (seems like it was about 7 books, like an encyclopedia), a set of Grolier encyclopedias, & the Book of Knowledge, a children's encyclopedia that included poems & stories as well as informational articles.
I would read all those books, all the time, & sometimes my mother would read them to us when we were supposed to be taking our naps.
I still have the Book of Knowledge.