Title: It Feels Good to Be Yourself, A Book about Gender Identity
Author: Theresa Thorn
Illustrator: Noah Grigni
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, 2019
Themes: gender identity, being yourself, lgbtqia+, transgender, nonbinary
This is Ruthie. She’s a transgender girl.
That means when she was born, everyone thought she was a boy. Until she grew a little older — old enough to tell everyone that she was actually a girl.
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.
Why I like this book:
This is a very well done primer of acceptance on the words listed in the appendix: Sex assigned at birth; Intersex; Gender Identity; Gender Expression; Cisgender; Transgender; Non-Binary. These sort of books are not just essential for those with gender nonconforming children in their lives, they are also a critical tools for discussing issues of gender identity and expression in a way that is empathetic, respectful, and affirming. Noah Grigni’s colorful illustrations are wonderful, and they explore further elements, such as diversity, intersectionality and non-gendered clothing and play, giving kids and parents even more avenues to discuss all the wonderful ways we can be different. Great book for kids AND adults.
More very helpful concise list of resources in the appendix.
Great read for individual and group discussions.
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