Gender Identity for Kids: A Book About Finding Yourself, Understanding Others, and Respecting Everybody!
Andy Passchier. Little, Brown, $15.99 (96p) ISBN 978-0-3164-1122-6
Seeking to educate young readers about gender, Passchier’s digestible narrative in five chapters covers sex vs. gender, identity, the gender binary, expression and exploration, and challenges and support. Throughout, expository text centers on straightforward definitions and examples (“This is called your assigned sex at birth”), while variously diverse, doodle-like human characters create a through line for deeper understanding. Affirming sentences support self-care (“It’s okay to take a break at any point”) and reassure that uncomfortable feelings are alright and even expected (A “label can feel restrictive.... It’s OK not to have one!”). Each chapter ends with “Now We Know” and “Questions” sections. At every turn of this gentle read, readers are encouraged to think about how they relate to their body and what gender means to them, regardless of others view them. Resources conclude. Ages 7–10. (June)
Reviewed on: 05/11/2023