Title: I am Jazz
Author: Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings
Recommended for: K-2
Call Number/Link: JPL doesn’t own, but you can put it on hold
Synopsis: 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 teacher.
We don’t own this one at JPL, but I still wanted to do a post about it. Just in case anyone is ever looking for a younger book on transgender. There have been plenty of news stories about transgender kids in elementary, so I figured it could eventually come up. It handles the whole transgender thing very nicely & explains it in a way that most kids could understand. The only thing I don’t like is how they pulled out the stereotypes. Jazz was didn’t like trucks/tools/super heroes, only princess and mermaid costumes, so that meant she HAD to be a girl. And I know it was put that way to make younger kids understand, but there are plenty of girls who like trucks and boys who like princesses. It doesn’t have to be an either or type thing. Other than that it’s an excellent picture book on this subject.