cover image If You’re a Kid Like Gavin: The True Story of a Young Trans Activist

If You’re a Kid Like Gavin: The True Story of a Young Trans Activist

Gavin Grimm and Kyle Lukoff, illus. by J Yang. HarperCollins/Tegen, $18.99 (40p

Activist Grimm and author Lukoff’s voices blend powerfully in this autobiographical picture book that’s also a call for action, authenticity, and equity. In immediately engaging lines, the authors ask what choices kids get to make, establishing children’s autonomy (“You can choose which way to ride your bike”) and recognizing its limits (“You don’t choose your skin color”). They next combine the concepts in a portrait of Grimm’s childhood, centering his choice to discuss his innate gender identity: “I’m really a boy on the inside.” Framing biographical beats as further decisions, the text traces how discriminatory practices at school led to Gavin’s advocating for trans rights all the way to the Supreme Court. Crucially, readers can connect with the text both as people “like Gavin” and people who, “like Gavin,” understand that everyone has the right to be themselves. Using the blues and pinks of the trans flag alongside jewel tones, Yang’s digital illustrations emphasize Grimm’s experience and legacy: “When you’re a kid like Gavin Grimm, you know the only choice you have is to fight back.” Ages 4–8. (July)