Books of the Week: Celebrating Pride Month!

IT FEELS GOOD TO BE YOURSELF: A BOOK ABOUT GENDER IDENTITY by Theresa Thorn; illustrations by Noah Grigni (Henry Holt BYR, May 14, 2019, ages 4-8)

I really like this book because it provides children ages 4-8 with language/vocabulary so they can understand gender identity. It is a fun to read book that young children will really enjoy!

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Theresa and her husband Jesse Thorn run the Maximum Fun podcast network, which produces enormously popular podcasts such as Bullseye; Jordan, Jesse, Go!; and The Adventure Zone.

Illustrator Noah Grigni’s art is adorable and accessible.

Theresa is the mother of a gender-nonconforming child, and Noah is transgender. The subject of IT FEELS GOOD TO BE YOURSELF is close to both their hearts.

THE BREAKAWAYS by Cathy G. Johnson (First Second, March 5, 2019)

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Ignatz-award winning author Cathy G. Johnson makes her middle-grade graphic novel debut with The Breakaways!

This book is the story of Faith, who joins the girls soccer team to make friends — but because she’s never played before, she’s put on the team with all the misfits.

This is a really fun to read book that middle school age children will be able to relate to!

The Breakaways tells the stories of the whole team of soccer players as they struggle to fit in in school and with each other – they’re a very diverse cast of characters.

Cathy explores the topic of identity without being heavy handed. Her cast is diverse but authentic including people of all genders, races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations—nothing about this book feels cookie-cutter.

Cathy G. Johnson identifies as queer and non-binary.

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to feature. Images were also provided.

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