Riley Reynolds Crushes Costume Day

Stone Arch. (Riley Reynolds). Aug. 2022. 64p. Tr $23.99. ISBN 9781666344042.
Gr 2-4–Nonbinary, using they/them/their pronouns, Riley Reynolds is the star of a gentle new early chapter book series. The book opens with a comic book-style intro to Riley, as well as a glossary of terms such as nonbinary, cisgender, and queer. These descriptions are written at a higher reading level than the rest of the book. The plot consists of Riley helping their classmates find the perfect costumes for dress-up day. There is a brief discussion about whether or not girls can be knights. The students are kind and collaborative. Illustrations are frequent, and comic book-style interludes occur between chapters. Discussion questions and writing prompts are included in the back matter, making this a great book for classroom discussions. In the end, everyone finds the perfect costume.
VERDICT An essential addition to early chapter book collections.

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