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Being You: a First Conversation About Gender
Megan Madison & Jessica Ralli, Penguin Random House 2021
Clear, simply said, wonderfully illustrated - Being You is a perfect book for three to eight year olds (and their parents and teachers) about gender identity and body positivity in it's many forms. "There's only one you in the whole world. Isn't that amazing"? the book begins. And in a tone of joy the book describes how babies get named "boy" or "girl" - and then says "Some babies grow into a different gender than the one that grown-ups called them. There are lots of different genders that people grow into. Some people are girls. Some people are boys. Some people are neither. Some people are both". There are easily understood descriptions of gender bias and unfairness and a proud statement of "We want the world to be more fair, because each one of us is just right, exactly as we are". Hooray! Research shows the importance of these discussions with children as young as two. A section for adults is at the back of this book.
Ages: Transition (4-5), Young School Age (5-8), Play Years (2-4)
Book Types: Non-Fiction
Identity Groups: Non-Stereotypical Females, Non-Stereotypical Males, African American, Asian American, Latino American, Trans/Non-Binary Gender
Special Topics: Activism, Bodies
Strands: Joy in Diversity, Creative Conflict Resolution & Sense of Justice