Being You: A First Conversation about Gender - (First Conversations) by Megan Madison & Jessica Ralli (Board Book)

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Specifications

Suggested Age: 2-5 Years
Number of Pages: 38
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Sub-Genre: LGBT
Series Title: First Conversations
Format: Board Book
Publisher: Rise X Penguin Workshop
Author: Megan Madison & Jessica Ralli
Language: English
Street Date: August 17, 2021
TCIN: 81992654
UPC: 9780593382646
Item Number (DPCI): 247-26-4175
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported

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About the Book



"While young children are avid observers and questioners of their world, adults often shut down or postpone conversations on complicated topics because it's hard to know where to begin. Research shows that talking about issues like race and gender from the age of two not only helps children understand what they see, but also increases self-awareness, self-esteem, and allows them to recognize and confront things that are unfair, like discrimination and prejudice. This second book in the series begins the conversation on gender, with a supportive approach that considers both the child and the adult. Stunning art accompanies the simple and interactive text, and the backmatter offers additional resources and ideas for extending this discussion"--



Book Synopsis



Based on the research that race, gender, consent, and body positivity should be discussed with toddlers on up, this read-aloud board book series offers adults the opportunity to begin important conversations with young children in an informed, safe, and supported way.

Developed by experts in the fields of early childhood and activism against injustice, this topic-driven board book offers clear, concrete language and beautiful imagery that young children can grasp and adults can leverage for further discussion.

While young children are avid observers and questioners of their world, adults often shut down or postpone conversations on complicated topics because it's hard to know where to begin. Research shows that talking about issues like race and gender from the age of two not only helps children understand what they see, but also increases self-awareness, self-esteem, and allows them to recognize and confront things that are unfair, like discrimination and prejudice.

This second book in the series begins the conversation on gender, with a supportive approach that considers both the child and the adult. Stunning art accompanies the simple and interactive text, and the backmatter offers additional resources and ideas for extending this discussion.



Review Quotes




"This primer on gender lays the groundwork for affirming conversations and creates opportunities for self-identification." - Kirkus (STARRED REVIEW)

Named a BEST BOOK OF 2021 --Kirkus




About the Author



Jessica Ralli is the Coordinator of Early Literacy Programs at Brooklyn Public Library where she develops and manages programming for BPL's award-winning First Five Years initiative. She received her M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and previously taught in schools, childcare centers, and museums. She has written about early literacy and library services for young children in School Library Journal (where she co-authors the First Steps column with Rachel G. Payne) and has presented on play-based learning at the American Library Association Conference, Young Child Expo, and the Bank Street Center for Children's Literature.

Megan Pamela Ruth Madison is a lifelong student of radical Black feminism and an early childhood educator. She holds an MS in early childhood education from Dominican University and a BA in studies in religion from the University of Michigan. She is currently pursuing her PhD at Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy. When she's not working on finishing up her dissertation, she works as a trainer for the Center for Racial Justice in Education, the Human Root, and the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute, facilitating workshops for teachers on race, gender, and sexuality.

Anne (Andy) Passchier is a non-binary illustrator from The Netherlands, currently based in the USA. They have illustrated several children's books focusing on identity and the LGBTQIA community, including Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart; Trans+: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You by Karen Rayne, PhD and Katherine Gonzales, MBA; Benny's True Colors by Norene Paulson; and What Are Your Words? by Katherine Locke. They also create online comics about their experiences as a non-binary person under the pseudonym Andyrogyny. Passchier lives with their two cats, loves to travel and draw, and enjoys all things spooky and Halloween.

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4.0 out of 5 stars with 8 reviews
75% would recommend
4 recommendations

Our young kids love this

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Kelli P - 1 year ago
Our four year old son is obsessed with this book. We renewed it as many times as we could at the library before we had to return it. He was so heartbroken that we decided to buy it. The book is so informative for young kids and even for some parents about gender and inclusivity. We had some really good dialogue with our 6 year old about gender and how people feel after reading this book. Love that books like this are being published so we can easily teach our kids about inclusivity!
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not for our family

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
momma of two - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
a little to extreme for children.. didn't see an age recommendation on it either. my kids had a really hard time understanding this as well.
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Great teaching book

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Steph H - 1 year ago
Similar to their first book “Our Skin” about race and racism, “Being You” is also excellent in using kid friendly explanations to teach kids about gender. Instead of ignoring tough topics, this gives us as parents tools to address them and answer questions while building empathy and teaching inclusion. Which will sadly scare some parents as I already see in one review but we can choose to parent differently to counteract hate.
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Wonderful Book!

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Z - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Excellent book! My children love it!
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