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You Be You!: The Kid's Guide to Gender, Sexuality and Family

by Jonathan Branfman Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Hbk 80 pages
AU$29.99 NZ$31.30
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This is an illustrated children's book for ages 7-11 that makes gender identity, sexual orientation and family diversity easy to explain to children.


Throughout the book kids learn that there are many kinds of people in the world and that diversity is something to be celebrated. It covers gender, romantic orientation, discrimination, intersectionality, privilege, and how to stand up for what's right. With charming illustrations, clear explanations, and short sections that can be dipped in and out of, this book helps children think about how to create a kinder, more tolerant world.
'You Be You! is a much needed honest, inclusive and respectful guide that should be
read by all kids and adults alike! The author's comprehensive approach including
discussions about discrimination, intersectionality and privilege make this book an
exceptional and timely resource.' - Kimberly Zieselman, JD, Executive Director,
interAC T: Advocates for Intersex Youth
'You Be You! offers kids and adults a colorful easy to read and engaging guide about
gender, sexuality and the many normal and healthy ways to be a family. Like a verbal
power bar, readers enjoy simple bite size explanations for complex ideas. Every page
abounds with messages about the value and ordinariness of diversity among us - "You
are great! Perfectly okay! Totally fine!" - offering children mirrors and windows to
understand their own and others' bodies and the importance of respecting each
individual's authentic identity.' - Julie Nicholson, Ph.D. Adjunct, Associate Professor of
Practice, Mills C ollege

Jonathan Branfman is a PhD candidate in Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies at the Ohio State University, Ohio. He has experience of teaching in schools and has been a camp counsellor.

Julie Benbassat is a student at the Rhode Island School of Design.