FICTION

What Riley Wore

S. & S./Beach Lane. Aug. 2019. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481472609.
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PreS-Gr 1– Acceptance and self-identification are at the core of this charming title about a nonbinary child. Riley loves to dress up and wears a different costume every day of the week, from a ball gown to a hard hat and overalls, from a bunny costume to outer space jammies. The climax of the story happens when Riley goes to the park on Sunday dressed in purple jeans, a tutu, a monster shirt, and a hat with dinosaur spikes. Another child asks, “Are you a girl or a boy?” Readers will applaud Riley’s response and cheer the grand finale. Illustrations are rendered digitally and feature bright colors and bobble-headed children with a variety of skin tones.
VERDICT Affirming and needed, this picture book deserves a place in most libraries.

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