Who Are You?: The Kid's Guide to Gender Identity

illus. by Naomi Bardoff. 40p. further reading. websites. Jessica Kingsley. Dec. 2016. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781785927287.
PreS-Gr 2—This primer on sex, gender, and identity is an ideal title for caregivers and educators to share with children. An opening "Note for the Grown-Ups" instructs adult readers on how to use and discuss the book with kids. The text addresses young readers directly ("This is a story about you") and goes on to define sex (a guess based on body parts observed at birth) and gender identity ("who you feel like inside, who you know yourself to be"). A middle section features a number of illustrated clothes, toys, and accessories accompanied by the question, "What do you like?" A removable "Gender Wheel" that students can turn to complete three sentences ("I have," "I am," and "I like") using a range of terms/expressions (gender neutral, trans, not sure, etc.) is also included. Bardoff's illustrations are colorful and bright and depict a diverse group of carefree children playing together in a variety of settings.
VERDICT A solid package for families and educators interested in an introduction to gender identity.

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