On her blog Today You Are You, Jennifer Carr writes about her daughter’s growth from boy to girl — a transformation that began at age four. As a longtime fan of both Jenn and her blog, I was beyond stoked when I learned that she produced a children’s book about gender diversity, Be Who You Are.
Be Who You Are is about a kid named Nick. He has all outward appearances of being a boy, but inwardly feels like he’s a girl. Luckily for Nick, his parents and family are incredibly compassionate and understanding, and actively encourage him to explore these feelings and grow into his new identity as a girl named Hope.
Be Who You Are is a unique piece of work. Even in 2011, there still aren’t many books about transgender children — let alone books that portray transgender characters in a positive light. Whether or not you or your children identify as transgender, the book is a perfect way to introduce your family to the complexities of the concept.