“Red has a bright red label, but he is, in fact, blue. His teacher tries to help him be red (let’s draw strawberries!), his mother tries to help him be red by sending him out on a playdate with a yellow classmate (go draw a nice orange!), and the scissors try to help him be red by snipping his label so that he has room to breathe. But Red is miserable. He just can’t be red, no matter how hard he tries! Finally, a brand-new friend offers a brand-new perspective, and Red discovers what readers have known all along. He’s blue! This funny, heartwarming, colourful picture book about finding the courage to be true to your inner self can be read on multiple levels, and it offers something for everyone!” Goodreads
I have just ordered this for our picture book collection. It’s going to be a great title to use to to inspire thought and provoke conversations about identity and diversity. This seems such a simple message and one kids will get a lot more quickly than most adults and politicians. This should be compulsory reading for the adults in this world who just don’t understand that difference isn’t a lifestyle choice.
“It’s about being true to your inner self.” (Author)
And for curious children wondering how crayons are made:
Red : a crayon’s story / Written and illustrated by Michael Hall.
Published by Greenwillow Books, 2015.
Read this article from the NZ Herald and watch the Mum’s video before reading this post. We need to think about how we can support all kids in our schools.
The story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transkids everywhere
“This is an essential tool for parents and teachers to share with children whether those kids identify as trans or not. I wish I had had a book like this when I was a kid struggling with gender identity questions. I found it deeply moving in its simplicity and honesty.”—Laverne Cox (who plays Sophia in “Orange Is the New Black”)
From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn’t feel like herself in boys’ clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz’s story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers“. Publisher.
“We understand now. Be who you are. We love you no matter what.”
How I wish every transgender child had parents as accepting and loving as the parents of Jazz Jennings. This is a book I think every school librarian should at least be aware of, or have available for the parent curious about whether their child is transgender and for the child who needs positive affirmation that everything is OK and they are not alone. I’d like to think it could be used to help other children become more empathetic.
I am Jazz / Written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, pictures by Shelagh McNicholas.
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers, 2014.
I borrowed this copy from Auckland Libraries.