It feels good to be yourself A book about gender identity

Theresa Thorn

Book - 2019

A picture book that introduces the concept of gender identity to the youngest reader from writer Theresa Thorn and illustrator Noah Grigni. Some people are boys. Some people are girls. Some people are both, neither, or somewhere in between. This sweet, straightforward exploration of gender identity will give children a fuller understanding of themselves and others. With child-friendly language and vibrant art, It Feels Good to Be Yourself provides young readers and parents alike with the vocabul...ary to discuss this important topic with sensitivity.

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Henry Holt and Company [2019]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
9781250302953
1250302951
Main Author
Theresa Thorn (author)
Other Authors
Noah Grigni (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Ruthie, a transgender girl, and her cisgender brother, Xavier, are the first two characters readers meet in this ambitious book for the youngest readers about gender identity. Next up is Alex, who is both a boy and a girl; and here comes JJ, who is neither. Together, these four kids epitomize the sometimes bewildering multiplicity of gender identities kids may encounter in their real lives, for, as Thorn writes, "There are a never-ending number of ways to be yourself in the world." Thorn does a generally good job of dealing with these, er, thorny concepts, though—for full clarity—the book begs adult involvement in the reading experience. The adults will be helped by the presence of an appended glossary, an additional resource list, and a note on pronouns; speaking of which, the character JJ employs the gender-nonspecific they and them. Grigni's boldly outlined but rather flat pictures—executed in watercolor, gouache, and ink—will help kids conceptualize the terms they're encountering. The illustrators also expand the text by depicting gay and lesbian characters, boys wearing skirts, mixed-race couples, a character in a wheelchair, and an assortment of races and ethnicities. Obviously, as the song has it, we're living in a big, wide wonderful world. And this book is a welcome addition to it, as it fills a large gap in the literature. Grades 1-3. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Thorn offers an inclusive primer about gender that integrates vocabulary words and definitions into the text ("Non-binary is a helpful word that can describe a kid who doesn't feel exactly like a boy or a girl"). Illustrations feature gender-expansive individuals going to school, making art, and spending time with family, normalizing the expressions. With heavy lines and textured forms, the images by #OwnVoices illustrator Grigni are a blend of jewel-toned shapes with textured lines reminiscent of block prints. The spirit of free expression and creativity infuses every spread of this inclusive exploration. Ages 4–8. (May) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Provides a sensitive vocabulary for initiating discussions and exploration of gender identity.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Providing sensitive vocabulary for initiating discussions, a warmhearted, straightforward exploration of gender identity offers children a fuller understanding of themselves and others, in a compassionate story written by the mother of a transgender child and illustrated by a non-binary transgender artist.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A picture book that introduces the concept of gender identity to the youngest reader from writer Theresa Thorn and illustrator Noah Grigni.Some people are boys. Some people are girls. Some people are both, neither, or somewhere in between. This sweet, straightforward exploration of gender identity will give children a fuller understanding of themselves and others. With child-friendly language and vibrant art, It Feels Good to Be Yourself provides young readers and parents alike with the vocabulary to discuss this important topic with sensitivity.