It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity
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As a 70 year old woman, it's hard for me to believe that this situation arises as frequently as this book may imply. I loved the artwork, which is done by a non-binary illustrator (and the words are written by the parent of a trans child). This expansive, straightforward framing of gender emphasizes curiosity, joy, and positive self-expression .
This sweet, straightforward exploration of gender identity will give children a fuller understanding of themselves and others. June, at least in my part of the world is LGBTQ Pride Month, which I plan to read one children's book, which pertains to the subject everyday this month.This book is essential reading for children in this wonderful age where people are (for the most part) free to be themselves. What children feel may be a moot question, but how they articulate their feelings is in the language and categories adults teach them. The long-awaited second instalment in Samantha Shannon's Sunday Times and New York Times-bestselling series Tunuva Melim is a sister of the Priory.
Their art ranges from vibrant watercolor illustrations, to meticulous anatomical drawings, to promotional graphics for activist groups.I think this is a great book for those members of society who want to be sure their children grow up with every option open and available to them. For instance, it displays adults standing about, hands on chin, looking puzzled, unable to decide what the sex of a new baby is, BECAUSE the baby is unable to tell them, so it says they make a guess. These objections are sometimes associated with bigotry around alternative sexualities, but that is a distraction, because many gay and lesbian voices are no less outraged at this form of gender theory. Via fictionalized children, Thorn presents transgender, cisgendered, non-binary, gender-fluid, and gender identities that cannot be captured in words.
Very simple, clear, and gentle, with adorable illustrations showing a variety of characters with different gender expressions. Noah Grigni, the illustrator, mentions in their note at the end that they grew up without access to words like transgender.Children should be allowed to be children without their gender being questioned (or encouraged to change) for liking pink, or football, or "boy things" or "girl things. Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book is woefully inadequate, and I'm glad that it didn't exist to confuse me when I was a child. She lives in Los Angeles, California, and It Feels Good to Be Yourself is her first book for children. It would be much less confusing, and more accurate, if it actually said that you were assigned boy at birth because traditionally boys have a penis and girls do not.