Gender Identity for Kids: A Book About Finding Yourself, Understanding Others, and Respecting Everybody!

Little, Brown. Jun. 2023. 96p. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780316411226.
Gr 2-5–Passchier presents a remarkable, approachable exploration of gender; the chapter book format, complete with generously sized text, spacing, and full-color illustrations, divides the robust subject matter into easily absorbed sections. A generous “how to use this book” introduction encourages readers to practice exceptional self-care as part of their reading journey. Bright, inclusive illustrations usher readers through narrative text, vocabulary explainer boxes, and amusing dialogue. Chapters cover gender identity, binaries, exploration and expression, and challenges. While the presentation is clearly intended for audiences in North America, historical and cultural information from around the world helps broaden perspective. A robust resources page includes print and digital options for a variety of age ranges and reading levels. This work has broad appeal, potentially down to preschool ages when used intentionally. However, even confident, independent readers will need the support of a loving caregiver to help process the information and pronounce some of the trickier vocabulary words. Passchier does not shy away from complex topics (e.g., the lasting effects of patriarchal, colonial cultures) but offers the information in a concise, meaningful fashion.
VERDICT An overwhelmingly helpful and inclusive book that will benefit kids and grown-ups alike.

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