Sunday, July 26, 2020

Nurturing a Seed: A Story of Surrogacy

Nurturing a Seed: A Story of Surrogacy 
by Mardi Palan 
illus. by Amy Suha Kuttab 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2020. 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1719582661; 9781719582667 
Summary: Join two children as they discover how a surrogacy is similar to nurturing a seed. This is a story of completing a surrogacy for a family that did not have all the necessary materials to grow their special plant. With the support of the community, it is made possible. This metaphor is also great for preparing future surrogates on their journey. Authored by Mardi Palan who surrogated twins for an Israeli couple, this true story can be found on Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) and National Public Radio (NPR). This book is also translated into Hebrew, which is read from the back cover to the middle. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1719582661

אַבָּא וְאַבָּא יָצְאוּ לַדֶּרֶךְ

אַבָּא וְאַבָּא יָצְאוּ לַדֶּרֶךְ 
by Dvir Dahan 
illus. by Roi Rahamim 
Language: Hebrew 
[Israel]: 2019. 
p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 
Summary: 
Available: https://headstart.co.il/project/54805#utm_source=instagram_page_01_12&utm_medium=instagram&utm_campaign=HS_Dvir_Dahan_54805

אני רק רוצה להיות אני

אני רק רוצה להיות אני 
by Galit Tzuk 
Language: Hebrew 
[Israel]: 2016 
40 p : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 
Summary: אֲנִי רַק רוצה לִהְיוֹת אֲני הוא ספר הילדים הטרנסי הראשון בישראל. בספר שלושה סיפורים מחורזים. שניים מובאים מנקודת מבטם של ילדים טרנסג'נדרים, והשלישי מנקודת מבטה של ילדה לאישה טרנסג'נדרית המתמודדת עם אביה שיצאה מהארון כאישה טרנסג'נדרית. 
Available: https://www.e-vrit.co.il/Product/7410/%D7%90%D7%A0%D7%99_%D7%A8%D7%A7_%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%A6%D7%94_%D7%9C%D7%94%D7%99%D7%95%D7%AA_%D7%90%D7%A0%D7%99

Friday, July 24, 2020

Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope

Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope 
by Jodie Patterson and Charnelle Pinkney Barlow 
Language: English 
Crown Books for Young Readers, 2021. 
40 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 0593123638 ; 9780593123638 
Summary: Penelope knows that he's a boy. (And a ninja.) The problem is getting everyone else to realize it. In this exuberant companion to Jodie Patterson's adult memoir, The Bold World, Patterson shares her son Penelope's frustrations and triumphs on his journey to share himself with the world. Penelope's experiences show children that it always makes you stronger when you are true to yourself and who you really are.
Available: https://www.amazon.de/Born-Ready-Story-Named-Penelope/dp/0593123638

Duncan's Journey

Duncan's Journey 
by Richard James Tomack
Language: English 
XLIBRIS, 2013. 
44 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1493103113 ; 9781493103119 
Summary: Duncan's Journey is a book that teaches a valuable lesson. "Everyone should be treated the same no matter what you are or who you love" You will be reading about how a young Elf named Duncan goes through his own journey and learns this lesson. Duncan does not think he will be accepted because he is gay, but he learns that God, Santa, his family, and his friends accept and love him unconditionally. 
Available: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Duncans-Journey-Richard-James-Tomack/dp/1493103113/

Lance & Lot zoeken zich rot: naar het verhaal van Tim en Steven

Lance & Lot zoeken zich rot: naar het verhaal van Tim en Steven 
by Linda De Haan 
Language: Dutch 
Ploegsma, 2016. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9021676591 ; 9789021676593 
Summary: Ridder Lance en ridder Lot zijn heel gelukkig samen. Toch ontbreekt er iets in hun veel te grote kasteel. Maar wat of wie ...? Ze zoeken in de moestuin, ze zoeken op alle markten van het land, ze plakken posters en ze vliegen naar het land van de kangoeroes.
Available: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lance-Lot-zoeken-zich-rot/dp/9021676591

Kensie's Queen

Kensie's Queen 
by Jennifer Leider 
illus. by Carrie King 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2018. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1721775153 ; 9781721775156 
Summary: Sasha Velour reviewed "Kensie's Queen" and had this to say: "I was so proud and excited to see what this creative team came up with, and they did NOT disappoint! Kensie's Queen is a heartwarming but stunningly realistic story about the fabulous world of drag, a world of dress-up for all ages, where every style is welcome, as long as it's done with love! It made me tear up! Also particularly loved Aunt Esmerelda's gorgeous dog and impeccable closet (*wink wink*) Love, Sasha Velour" 
Available: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kensies-Queen-Jennifer-Leider/dp/1721775153

Lennox Learns about Love

Lennox Learns about Love 
written and illustrated by T. J. Watkins 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2019. 
38 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1090658834 ; 9781090658838 
Summary: LGBT Equality has come a long way in our lifetimes, but we still have more to go. It's important for the coming generations to have a healthy view of different sexual orientations. Whether it’s for understanding the people around them (in their own families or elsewhere), or to understand themselves a little later in life, this could be a good start. This book is very kid-friendly; it is simply about love. Enjoy, for you and the little ones in your life! 
Available: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lennox-Learns-about-Love-Watkins/dp/1090658834

What Am I?

What Am I? 
by Eric Allen and Jessica Allen
Language: English 
Independently published, 2019. 
24 p. : col. il. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1095158481 ; 9781095158487 
Summary: What Am I? is a story about gender confusion from a child's perspective. The child questions their likes, feelings, and how they act in terms of gender norms, expectations, and stereotypes. Follow along as they come to the realization that they're both ordinary and extraordinary! 
Available: https://www.amazon.co.uk/WHAT-AM-I-Eric-Allen/dp/1095158481

Beez The Lizard: And Her First Day at School

Beez The Lizard: And Her First Day at School 
by Adam Gharavi  
illus. by Mare-Liis Balles
Language: English 
Independently published, 2019. 
30 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1088468314 ; 9781088468319 
Summary: Beez the Lizard, is a kitten with an identity struggle. She truly believes that she is a lizard. Due to this belief, she dresses like a lizard and is absolutely insistent she be treated as one. With the help of her “Dad”, she enrolls in the local school. She quickly finds out that not everyone is willing to accept her. Beez deals with bullying, loneliness, isolation, and finally redemption, learning that being true to yourself is the best way to be. Somewhere inside all of us, there is a Beez. 
Available: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beez-Lizard-Her-First-School/dp/1088468314

Dracula Spectacular

Dracula Spectacular 
by Lucy Rowland 
illus. by Ben Mantle 
Language: English 
Macmillan Children's Books, 2019. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1509845976 ; 9781509845972 
Summary: t’s tough being a vampire when you’re more giggles and glitter than beastly and bitter. But will Dracula Boy dare to follow his heart and live life in technicolour? Full of spooks and sparkles, Dracula Spectacular is a heart-warming story about learning to be brave, kind and above all, proud to be yourself. 
Available: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dracula-Spectacular-Lucy-Rowland/dp/1509845976

A Family Just Like Mine

A Family Just Like Mine 
by Barbara-Anne Puren 
Language: English 
Springtime Books, 2018. 
76 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 099550279X ; 9780995502796 
Summary: The era of the nuclear family, with a working dad and stay-at-home mom is fast disappearing. There is no longer any such thing as a Typical Family, but rather, a whole grab bag of family arrangements. Families are now more ethnically, racially, religiously and stylistically diverse than a decade ago. Postmodernists argue that the increase in diversity of family household structures reflects that we now live in a tolerant society. The family unit is thriving and continues to play a central role in shaping the health and wellbeing of family members. In A Family Just Like Mine, Gemma, an inquisitive, adopted child, travels the world looking for a family like her own. Her journey begins in London, from there she meets giants in Bolivia, rides an elephant in India, slides down dunes in Egypt and skis in Switzerland. Children will love jumping, high-fiving and stomping along with Gemma on her amazing adventure. 
Available: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Family-Just-Like-Mine/dp/099550279X

The Pledge of Acceptance

The Pledge of Acceptance 
by Joseph and Marita Fox
Language: English 
Independently published, 2019. 
44 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1797428616 ; 9781797428611 
Summary: In December 2018, Second Lady Karen Pence accepted a teaching position at Immanuel Christian School that required her to sign a pledge stating that marriage could only exist between a man and a woman. This pledge not only discriminates against the LGBTQ community by barring its members from becoming students and teachers at that school, but it also runs counter to the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution and the 2015 Supreme Court ruling that holds that same-sex couples possess the fundamental right to marry. As a result, the pledge that Second Lady Karen Pence and her fellow teachers made is not only inaccurate, but also unconstitutional. Joseph & Marita Fox's well-timed and compassionate picture book helps children explore the meanings of "love," "marriage," and "liberty" and instills in them a culture of inclusion and acceptance rather than one of exclusion and condemnation. In so doing, "The Pledge of Acceptance" encourages kids to be active citizens in their society by soliciting their aid in helping the Second Lady of the United States come to terms with the constitutional meanings of love, liberty, and marriage—meanings that she is bound to honor and promote by virtue of her position as a representative of the United States of America and all of its peoples. 
Available: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pledge-Acceptance-Joseph-Marita-Fox/dp/1797428616

Betty's ABC's

Betty's ABC's 
by Greta King 
illus. by Dane Eichinger
Language: English 
Independently published, 2019. 
65 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1090886543 ; 9781090886545 
Summary: Join Betty as she takes you along with her on a fun-filled adventure of learning the ABC's, with help from her mom's Judy and Linda, she discovers just how fun learning can be. 
Available: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bettys-ABCs-Greta-King/dp/1090886543

Simon and Steven's Special Surprise

Simon and Steven's Special Surprise 
by Sarah Morrish and Kathryn Morrish 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2019. 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1693566559 ; 9781693566554 
Summary: Written by a mother-daughter duo, Simon and Steven's Special Surprise is based on the real-life tale of two male penguins who wanted to have a baby for themselves. Featuring beautiful watercolour illustrations, this book is a simple and accessible way of teaching children all about sharing, community, and equality. Join Simon and Steven as they search for an egg of their own! 
Available: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Simon-Stevens-Special-Surprise-Morrish/dp/1693566559/

My Two Daddies

My Two Daddies 
by Joan Nicoletti Santangelo 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2020. 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798607452667 
Summary: Story of a little girl who is adopted by 2 Daddies and learns there are all different types of families. The most important thing is the love they all have for each other. 
Available: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Two-Daddies-Joan-Nicoletti-Santangelo/dp/B084Q7PP31

My Family is Awesome: (A children's book about family diversity)

My Family is Awesome: (A children's book about family diversity) 
by Anna Rayo 
illus. by Mónica Armiño Yela 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2020. 
24 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798636815471 
Summary: Traditional families are now joined by new family models, such as families where the parents are legally separated, families with same-sex parents, single-parent families... or even couples who do not want to have children. This book showcases different family models through the eyes of a ladybug that works for the post office and visits every house. The ladybug leaves a mysterious letter in each home, inviting the younger ones to find it. These letters bring us to the final scene, where an elderly lady who lives alone is visited by all of these families on the occasion of her birthday. A charming book showcasing all different types of families! 
Available: https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Family-Awesome-childrens-diversity/dp/B08732KC4K

Basil's Unkie Herb

Basil's Unkie Herb 
by Mary Shaw 
Language: English 
Tellwell Talent, 2020. 
52 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 0228821304 ; 9780228821304 
Summary: Basil's Unkie Herb microwaves socks, plans fabulous birthday surprises and has a friend with a donkey, a monkey and a garbage truck. This book chronicles the special relationship between Unkie Herb and Basil, and grandma's worries about "lonely" Unkie Herb. It ends with Unkie Herb finding love, and Basil learning, contrary to what the girls in school say, "where we live, you can marry whomever you love." 
Available: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Basils-Unkie-Herb-Mary-Shaw/dp/0228821304

Charlie and the Missing Hat

Charlie and the Missing Hat 
by Jenny Worthington 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2018. 
26 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1717421598 ; 978-1717421593 
Summary: Charlie the dog is busy chasing seagulls on the beach when his two mums realise their little girl’s hat is missing. Can Charlie be the hero and find the missing hat? Come along on this adventure with Charlie. This beautifully illustrated story will delight both same-sex parents and children. 
Available: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Charlie-Missing-Hat-Jenny-Worthington/dp/1717421598

Princess Pumpkin the Pocket Alpaca

Princess Pumpkin the Pocket Alpaca 
by Michael James and Amber Cavalier Spiler 
illus. by Kristin Llamas 
Language: English 
Mountain Arbor Press, 2018. 
30 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1631834312 ; 9781631834318 
Summary: Princess Pumpkin the Pocket Alpaca, the book, is an inspired and whimsical children's story for ages 4 to 7. It contains 29 full-color illustrations that tell the story of a small, rejected, impish and real-life little alpaca born too small to survive at only 5 1/2 pounds (most baby alpacas are born 15-20 pounds). Adopted by humans and raised as a Princess, she seeks out friendship from other alpacas and learns that just being yourself is the key to acceptance. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Princess-Pumpkin-Pocket-Alpaca-Michael/dp/1631834312

Paul joue à la poupée

Paul joue à la poupée 
by Clarisse Commes 
illus. by Alicia valverde De la Rosa
Language: French 
SGB, 2018. 
p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 2956461311 ; 9782956461319 
Available: https://www.amazon.fr/Paul-joue-poup%C3%A9e-Clarisse-Commes/dp/2956461311

Pâquerette et Mimosa

Pâquerette et Mimosa 
by Laure Dresler 
Language: French 
Books on Demand Editions, 2020. 
44 p: col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 2322220663 ; 9782322220663 
Summary: Mais qu'est-ce qui fait battre le coeur de la petite Pâquerette? Pourquoi reste-t-elle insensible aux princes les plus charmants ? Pâquerette et Mimosa est la découverte de l'amour entre deux jeunes filles. un récit doux et poétique sur les différentes manières d'aimer, volontairement non didactique. Une histoire d'amour, tout simplement. 
Available: https://www.amazon.fr/P%C3%A2querette-Mimosa-Laure-Dresler/dp/2322220663

Mes deux mamans à moi : L'homoparentalité

Mes deux mamans à moi 
by Brigitte Marleau 
Language: French 
 Morin-Heights, Québec : Boomerang éditeur jeunesse, 2020. 
p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9782897093891 ; 2897093897 
Summary: Mes deux mamans à moi : Cette semaine, c'est la fête des Mères. Moi, je suis chanceux, car j'ai deux mamans. ― Madame Luce, pourquoi on dit tout le temps que ça prend un papa et une maman pour faire des bébés ? Isaac, lui, il a deux mamans et il n'a pas de papa... Madame Luce regarde Layla. Elle bouge la tête à droite. Elle bouge la bouche à gauche. Elle bouge les yeux vers le haut. Elle plisse le front. Elle ouvre la bouche et puis la referme. Elle se gratte la tête. ― D'accord. Ecoutez bien, les enfants... 
Available: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mes-deux-mamans-moi-Lhomoparentalit%C3%A9/dp/2897093897

Si, Si, Je Suis Une Fille!

Si, Si, Je Suis Une Fille! 
by Mariela Astudillo Ramírez
illus. by Gwendoline Couvé
Language: French 
Editorial Círculo Rojo, 2020. 
44 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 8413506530 ; 9788413506531 
Summary: Émilie est un projet qui est né de la nécessité ressentie par son auteure, la logopède Mariela Astudillo, de sensibiliser ce monde face à la richesse de la différence dès le plus jeune âge à travers la communication et l’information. En effet, tout au long de sa carrière, que ce soit dans le milieu professionnel ou personnel, elle a souvent été confrontée à un public peu réceptif, mal informé, et ayant souvent des idées ou connaissances erronées relatives à la transidentité et au transgénérisme. Pour cette raison, Mariela Astudillo a commencé à donner forme au projet d’Émilie il y a quelques mois afin de sensibiliser les enfants non seulement dans un cadre scolaire, mais également chez eux, au sein des collectifs et associations, et dans tout autre type d’environnement où l’on cherche guider l’enfant vers des valeurs de partage, d’empathie, de découverte, de prise de conscience et d’acceptation de la différence. C’est avec beaucoup d’émotion que ce livre a fait surface, de la main d’une équipe de personnes qui, main dans la main, croient en un monde libre en ce qui concerne l’expression, la réalisation de soi et le développement de chacun… Une équipe de professionnels de la santé, de musiciens, de passionnés de la vie et de l’être humain qui se bat chaque jour pour véhiculer un message d’information sincère relatives à des concepts qui parfois encore sont beaucoup trop fermés et archaïques, tels que le genre, l’identité, le sexe, le concept de féminité et de masculinité, l’image et les stéréotypes qui encadrent (ou emprisonnent) la femme, l’homme, et toute représentation de ceux-ci dans nos sociétés actuelles. Émilie devient ainsi un symbole de liberté, d’espoir et d’évolution. Auteur : Mariela Astudillo Ramírez Illustratrice : Gwendoline Couvé Assistantes de rédaction : Marianne Compart, Gwendoline Couvé, Marion Darcy Editoriale : Editorial Círculo Rojo Couverture rigide Nombre de pages : 44 
Available: https://www.amazon.fr/SI-JE-SUIS-UNE-FILLE/dp/8413506530

Sunday, July 19, 2020

It's Me!

It's Me! 
written and illustrated by Nina Benedetto 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2016. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1530190274 ; 9781530190270 
Summary: A wordless picture book: Beyond he or she. Something is taken from you when a pronoun defines who you are and you do not fit one of the two genders. We are labeled one or the other, either/or, and the possibilities are diminished. This storybook [literally] illustrates a continuum of gender possibility. After reading the pictures my 4-year-old grandchild said it well: “You can be all kinds of ways!” 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Its-Me-Nina-Benedetto/dp/1530190274

Rebekah's Secret Grandpa

Rebekah's Secret Grandpa 
by Andy Thornton 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2017. 
28 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1521068895 ; 9781521068892 
Summary: Rebekah's Secret Grandpa is a heart-warming tale of a dearly loved Grandma who starts acting strangely. Her family becomes very worried, explaining to Rebekah that "Grandma's getting old." However, Rebekah discovers there may be a different reason.. Filled with charming hand-made illustrations, and an interactive page giving children the opportunity to make the story personal to them, Rebekah's Secret Grandpa is a classic tale of how a little love and understanding goes a long way. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Rebekahs-Secret-Grandpa-Andy-Thornton/dp/1521068895

The Sisters from the Stars

The Sisters from the Stars 
written and illustrated by Amy Eleanor Heart 
Language: English 
Heartspeak Press, 2018. 
48 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 0999673041 ; 9780999673041 
Summary: Hailey loves being a girl from the stars, but she wishes she knew another eleven-year-old who is fantastically strange like her. She discovers Violet, a maybe-weirdo who draws magical dragons on her own arms and colors her hair like a delicious mint chip milkshake. But before they can talk, Hailey has to fight her way through bullies and make herself become a giant woman. When Hailey and Violet finally meet, they open up a wormhole full of french fries, dragons, and magic. Through the power of out-of-this-world friendship, Violet and Hailey share the wonder of being their very own weirdos, together. New friendships open up new galaxies, but they can also create new problems. Even though Violet finally feels free to be her own self with Hailey, the rest of the world can't see Violet for who she really is. Violet is forced to confront what it means to be a weirdo in a world that wants you to be normal. With the help of Hailey, her magic wand, and the Universe, the girls team up to break free from everyone's expectations and take flight to the stars and beyond. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Sisters-Stars-Amy-Heart/dp/0999673041

I Love Pink! (A Trans Tale)

I Love Pink! (A Trans Tale) 
by Trina Casey 
Language: English 
This Real Life Books, 2019. 
38 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9083017109 ; 9789083017105 
Summary: I Love Pink is the story of Juanita and Kiana, two girls who support each other through life's challenges and learn to Always Speak Your Truth! Their differences don't get in the way of a deep friendship that eventually makes them family. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/I-Love-Pink-Trans-Tale/dp/9083017109

The Dreaded Groak: Overcoming prejudice and discrimination

The Dreaded Groak: Overcoming prejudice and discrimination 
by Peta Lemon 
illus. by Maria Dasic Todoric 
Language: English 
Quirky Picture Press, 2019. 
37 p. : col. ill. cm. 
ISBN: 1999956680 ; 9781999956684 
Summary: Time has come for Hazel the rat to leave his mum and make it on his own in the big, wide world. Hapless Hazel must learn how to build a nest and find food. Hazel must also watch out for the DREADED GROAK, the most feared and loathsome creature in the woods. When Hazel suddenly finds himself face to face with the dreaded groak, he is forced to confront his fears. He finds that sometimes things aren’t quite as they seem and those special friendships can be found in unexpected places. The Dreaded Groak is a beautifully illustrated, rhyming picture book, suitable for children age 3-5 years or an early reader age 6+. It subtly introduces awareness of prejudice, discrimination (e.g. racism, disability or LGBT) and bullying and contains positive messages such as: • being aware of the effect of behaviour on others; • the importance of being kind; • facing up to and confronting one’s fears; • giving everyone a chance - those who don’t miss out; • never judging a book by its cover; • accepting and embracing other’s differences; • finding friendships in unexpected places. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Dreaded-Groak-Overcoming-prejudice-discrimination/dp/1999956680

Why Do Some Families Look Different?

Why Do Some Families Look Different? 
by Amber Rae Johnson 
illus. by Felipe Reis 
Language: English 
Urth Publishing, 2019. 
42 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 0578225840 ; 9780578225845 
Summary: The Big Questions gentle book series addresses heavy topics in a kind and loving way that children can understand. Without agenda, it strives to teach our youngest generations how not everyone may think, act, or live the same, but we all deserve respect and acceptance. Why Do Some Families Look Different is the perfect book for every child! It demonstrates and talks about blended families with step/half-siblings, large families, small families, mixed ethnicity families, single-parent homes, same-sex parent homes, families where the parents are friends, and families where the parents don't get along. It is my hope that by normalizing differences, children will learn that not every family looks the same, and that's actually really wonderful! Since Big Questions books aim to be communication tools for families, we thought we would start including activity sheets within the books. This is something new with this book that we haven't done before. We hope you enjoy it!I would encourage you to find and follow the Big Questions book series on your favorite social media platform so you can stay up to date on all new releases. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Some-Families-Look-Different-Questions/dp/0578225840

Muffy was Fluffy

Muffy was Fluffy 
by Rikki Marie DuBois 
illus. by Denis Grenier 
Language: English 
Friesen Press, 2019. 
28 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1525556495 ; 9781525556494 
Summary: Many people are finding that the gender in which they were raised is not the one that they are comfortable with. Whether they are changing from male to female or female to male, these changes affect everybody in a person's life. The changes are required in order for the person to live fully and completely as their true selves. How does one explain to a young child why their loved one is changing their gender? "Muffy was Fluffy" was written to show young children how a beloved pet, Fluffy, is not comfortable with the way she was born, and in order to be truly happy, she must change into Muffy, the type of pet she was meant to be... 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Muffy-Fluffy-Rikki-Marie-DuBois/dp/1525556495

I'm a Parsnip!

I'm a Parsnip! 
by Edward Picot 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2019. 
53 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1709986395 ; 9781709986390 
Summary: Penny the Carrot realizes that actually, she's a parsnip. This is her story. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Im-Parsnip-Edward-Picot/dp/1709986395/

Jesse's Dream Skirt

Jesse's Dream Skirt 
by Bruce Mack 
illus. by Marian Buchanan 
Language: English 
Zoetic Endeavors, 2019. 
38 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 0994883749 ; 9780994883742 
Summary: Jesse is a little boy who likes to wear things that “whirl, twirl, flow and glow.” He dreams of a perfect skirt that fits him just right and has lots of colors that flow together when he spins. His mother helps him make his dream skirt and he wears it to daycare. How will the other children react? First published by Lollipop Power in 1979, this version of the author’s story has become a sought-after classic in progressive and anti-bullying education circles. In 1999, it was included in the lesson plan guide Preventing Prejudice, used in schools. Out of print for decades, it had been very hard to find an affordable copy – until now. The late author’s brothers and the book’s original illustrator are pleased to bring you a new edition, under the Zoetic Endeavours imprint, just in time to mark the 40th anniversary of the first book publication. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Jesses-Dream-Skirt-Bruce-Mack/dp/0994883749

Patrick's Polka-Dot Tights

Patrick's Polka-Dot Tights 
by Kristen McCurry 
illus. by MacKenzie Haley 
Language: English 
Capstone Editions, 2021. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1684460697 ; 9781684460694 
Summary: Patrick's tights are smooth and stretchy, purple and polka-dotty, and absolutely perfect for pretend play. But Patrick's tights aren't his at all. They belong to his sister, Penelope, who does NOT deserve them. Author Kristen McCurry proves that a pair of tights and a little imagination can provide endless fun in this charming picture book about a boy's creativity. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Patricks-Polka-Dot-Tights-Kristen-McCurry/dp/1684460697

A Fox Called Herbert

A Fox Called Herbert 
by Margaret Sturton 
Language: English 
Andersen Press USA, 2021. 
32 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1728424119; 9781728424118 
Summary: Meet Herbert, the rabbit who knows he was born to be a fox. When his mommy isn't looking, he puts on pointy fox ears, makes himself a bushy tail, and asks his sister to paint him orange, just like a fox. But Mommy doesn't understand; why can't he just be a good rabbit? 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Fox-Called-Herbert-Margaret-Sturton/dp/1728424119

Different Just Like Us

Different Just Like Us 
by Lexi Layton and Tammi Croteau Keen 
illus. by Eddie Yeung and Joycelyne Guerra
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2018. 
40 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1973887460 ; 9781973887461
Summary: “If love is what makes us different, then I hope everyone can be different, just like us.”Nine-year-old Lexi shares the story of her very special family and how it came to be. It might not look just like yours, but it’s full of fun and love. Lexi hopes all children can be kind to one another, no matter what their families look like on the outside. A portion of proceeds from sales will benefit Carrollwood Day School. Five-star review from Readers' Favorite for Different Just Like Us: Readers' Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the "Best Websites for Authors" and "Honoring Excellence" awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited bythe BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies. Reviewed By Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite: "Let's get to know Lexi and her family in the storybook Different Just Like Us by Lexi Layton with Tammi Croteau Keen. She has a dog, Teddy, and a puppy, Toby, who are half-siblings because they have the same dad. Lexi loves dogs and she loves to bake. She has her own business which is making treats for dogs. Sometimes she spends the money she gets from selling the dog treats and sometimes she saves it. Her family also helps her in making the treats and selling them. They have fun together and they all love music. Every family is different and Lexi is proud of her family. She has two moms and she loves both of them. Her older brother Logan is strong and healthy and he likes to work out. Lexi's favorite story is the one about how she was created. Lexi is happy with her life and the way things are. Her life is filled with love and she doesn't want to change anything. The book tackles the concept of donor children from a child's perspective and teaches children to love each other irrespective of what their families are. The story is about kindness and acceptance and the illustrations bring the concept and the characters alive for young readers. It is a good story to read out to children in classrooms to encourage them to be kind to each other, no matter what their background is. Every family is different and it is important to accept people for what they are and celebrate them. Stories like this are wonderful for children because it makes it easy for them to understand the concept in an interesting way without sounding complicated and difficult."You can learn more about Lexi Layton with Tammi Croteau Keen and "Different Just Like Us" at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/different-just-like-us where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1973887460

Friday, July 17, 2020

I Believe In Me!

I Believe In Me! 
by Victoria Anne Darling
Language: English 
Independently published, 2020. 
34 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798644053537 
Summary: Who would you have been had you been given the opportunity to explore and self-select your identity, gender, and gender expression? How much shame could you have avoided, or much joy could you have embraced? This book provides an example of a child with those freedoms, without judgments or shame, to choose from moment to moment and day to day who they wish to be, how they wish to express themselves, and what that will or will not mean. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Believe-Me-Victoria-Anne-Darling/dp/B088B4JD81

Art Is Life: The Life of Artist Keith Haring

Art Is Life: The Life of Artist Keith Haring 
by Tami Lewis Brown 
illus. by Keith Negley 
Language: English 
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2020. 
48 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 0374304246 ; 9780374304249 
Summary: Keith Haring believed that art should be enjoyed by everyone. When Keith first moved to New York City, he rode the subway and noticed how the crowds were bored and brusque, and that the subways were decayed and dreary. He thought the people of New York needed liberating, illuminating, and radiating art. So he bought a stick of white chalk and started drawing. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Art-Life-Artist-Keith-Haring/dp/0374304246

I'm Just Me!!

I'm Just Me!! 
by Kody Christiansen 
illus. by Alexandrea Mallia Language: English 
Indy Pub, 2020. 
42 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1087858631 ; 9781087858630 
Summary: A children's book aimed at gender curious and gay youth who need a character they can relate to. This book is based on the author's own childhood and represents those who are particularly unrepresented. Being free to be exactly who you feel on the inside is a human right. This book sends a message of hope and tolerance to future generations. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Im-Just-Me-Kody-Christiansen/dp/1087858631/

Someday for Lucas

Someday for Lucas 
written and illustrated by Andres Antunez 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2020. 
26 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798637036035 
Summary: This is the story of a child's loss and struggles to find acceptance. When Lucas' mother is taken from him suddenly, he must learn to be brave and fend for himself in the school yard. Will his love of the color pink, books, and art help him find a friend? Will his schoolmates accept his special, sparkly scarf? 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Someday-Lucas-Andres-Antunez/dp/B0873VGLTX/

Hilda the Rooster

Hilda the Rooster 
by Joy Wydra 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2020. 
45 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798635976265 
Summary: Hilda feels like he doesn't fit in with the other chickens. Read as he overcomes social norms and learns that self-love is the best love of all! 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Hilda-Rooster-Joy-Wydra/dp/B0875XDKMW

They Play

They Play 
by Monica McGue 
illus. by Toby Cowan 
Language: English 
McGue Enterprises, LLC, 2020. 
26 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1733487336 ; 9781733487337 
Summary: Acceptance is the overall theme of They Play, a children's book for ages 4-6. "They" is used as a pronoun - like "he" or "she" - to help educate young children about the meaning of inclusiveness and acceptance of each other. Whether identifying as she, he or they, everyone is the same yet different. Introducing this concept to young children, without attaching a gender judgment, can help develop an aware and healthy young person who can grow into a strong and sensitive adult. Everyone deserves respect. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/They-Play-Monica-McGue/dp/1733487336

The Butterfly Inside: A Story of Courage, Determination, Self-esteem and Friendship

The Butterfly Inside: A Story of Courage, Determination, Self-esteem, and Friendship 
by Serena Lane Ferrari 
illus. by Giorgia Vallicelli
Language: English 
Serena Ferrari, 2020. 
39 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9791220061612 
Summary: Every night Oliver dreams of becoming a butterfly. He wants to fly and flutter around the forest with all the other butterflies. The butterfly within him, trapped in the prison of his elf body, is battling to come out. Despite Crow’s laughing, Oliver has many friends that support him in finding his power and path to transformation. Can Oliver hold onto his dream and become a Butterfly? 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Butterfly-Inside-Determination-Self-esteem-Friendship/dp/B087RGBVPP

Foot-Foot Meets Riff-Raff

Foot-Foot Meets Riff-Raff 
by Cindy Hickox 
illus. by Indigo Chapman Language: English 
Independently published, 2020. 
40 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798642002834 
Summary: Foot-Foot's friend Roxy see's herself differently than others. As a result, sometimes others see her differently and do not respond well. This is a story of friendship, conflict resolution, and overcoming differences. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Foot-Foot-Meets-Riff-Raff-Foots-Feats/dp/B0882LBL89

Sheep'ingly Different: Let a sheep family inspire you to be YOU!

Sheep'ingly Different: Let a sheep family inspire you to be YOU! 
by Aunt Cherry 
illus. by Kseniya Shagieva 
Language: English 
Aunt Cherry, 2020. 
48 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 8194482674 ; 9788194482673 
Summary: A “Baa-Baa” family book about celebrating who you are; No matter how different you may seem to the world. Let a sheep family inspire you to be YOU! 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Sheepingly-Different-sheep-family-inspire/dp/8194482674

A Garden of Gratitude

A Garden of Gratitude 
by Jessa Brock 
Language: English 
Independently published, 2020. 
30 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9798644594030 
Summary: A bedtime story in the form of a mother's letter of gratitude for her child. The whimsical pictures, and easy to read rhymes will delight children as they learn about the importance of daily gratitude. This book is a perfect addition to your child's library! 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Garden-Gratitude-Jessa-Brock/dp/B088GMHQ1D

Jamie the Germ Slayer in a Place Called Little While

Jamie the Germ Slayer in a Place Called Little While 
by Suzanne DeWitt Hall 
illus. by Dan Hayes 
Language: English 
DH Strategies, 2020. 
39 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1734742704 ; 9781734742701 
Summary: Jamie doesn't like the changes taking place. Worried parents, school at home, and not seeing the Nanas is so alien that it seems almost like a different world. Mama weaves a story about a place called Little While, where Jamie becomes a germ-fighting superhero. Jamie the Germ Slayer in a Place Called Little While helps kids process their new reality, and offers reminders about keeping safe and fighting the pandemic, together. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Jamie-Slayer-Place-Called-Little/dp/1734742704