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It Feels Good to Be Yourself

It Feels Good to Be Yourself

A Book About Gender Identity

Book - 2019 | First edition
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A picture book that introduces the concept of gender identity to the youngest reader from writer Theresa Thorn and illustrator Noah Grigni. Some people are boys. Some people are girls. Some people are both, neither, or somewhere in between. This sweet, straightforward exploration of gender identity will give children a fuller understanding of themselves and others. With child-friendly language and vibrant art, It Feels Good to Be Yourself provides young readers and parents alike with the vocabulary to discuss this important topic with sensitivity.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2019
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781250302953
Call Number: j Facts 305.3 T496i 2019
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Grigni, Noah - Illustrator
Alternative Title: Book about gender identity


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Grade PreK-3. You might feel like you're a girl, a boy or a person that is neither of those. The characters here include Ruthie, a transgender girl, Xavier a cisgender boy, Alex, who is both a boy and a girl; and JJ, who is neither. This book shows there are millions of ways to be yourself in the... Read More »

A picture book that introduces the concept of gender identity to the youngest reader

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Jan 18, 2021

Joyful, beautiful book that is a great reading experience with kids.

This one is my new favorite for the topic, and I see why so many other parents have been recommending this as their go-to. Great intro when needed, but also good for kids to see themselves reflected...positive, no bullying depicted. Beautiful illustrations that kids connect to, and carry positivity.

The author’s note says:

“I wanted to give my daughter a book in which she could see herself. A book that reflected her back without judgement. I wanted, further, to give that experience to all kids. I wanted a book that is less about accepting one child’s difference and more about celebrating the amazing diversity of all children.

It is my wish that this book helps children to better understand themselves and others, and that it facilitates conversations within families. This book is for trans kids, cis kids, non-binary kids, gender-fluid kids, gender-expansive kids, questioning kids, and all kids, everywhere.”

Both Theresa & Noah do this beautifully. (Make sure you read the illustrator’s note when you get the book, as it’s touching!)

A number of my other picture book favorites are listed in the back of this book, and to that list I would add: “A House for Everyone” by Jo Hirst, “When Aidan Became A Brother” by Kyle Lukoff. Some others are the pronoun books & gender wheel book by Maya & Matthew at Reflection Press, 47,000 Beads, The Last Place You Look, and Rachel’s Christmas Boat at Flamingo Rampant Press, Peanut Goes for Gold, and Phoenix Goes to School. This list has more books on the topic:

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LPL_MargoM Jul 29, 2019

It Feels Good to Be Yourself is an absolute joy to read and look at. It explains gender identity and expression in a simple way that even younger kiddos can understand. The watercolor illustrations are absolutely amazing and the character design is adorable. It's a book about letting kids be kids, no matter how they want to express themselves.

SnoIsleLib_BridgetS Jun 19, 2019

"It Feels Good to Be Yourself" is a beautiful book that explains simply how gender identity works. A valuable resource for both kids and adults.


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