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What Are Your Words? - by Katherine Locke (Hardcover)

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About the Book

Ari knows a lot of words for neighbors, including the pronouns each prefers, and with help from Uncle Lior, who always asks "What are your words," figures out which pronouns--and other words--fit best today.

Book Synopsis

Follow Ari through their neighborhood as they try to find their words in this sweet, accessible introduction to gender-inclusive pronouns that is perfect for readers of all ages. Whenever Ari's Uncle Lior comes to visit, they ask Ari one question: "What are your words?" Some days Ari uses she/her. Other days Ari uses he/him. But on the day of the neighborhood's big summer bash, Ari doesn't know what words to use. On the way to the party, Ari and Lior meet lots of neighbors and learn the words each of them use to describe themselves, including pronouns like she/her, he/him, they/them, ey/em, and ze/zir. As Ari tries on different pronouns, they discover that it's okay to not know your words right away--sometimes you have to wait for your words to find you. Filled with bright, graphic illustrations, this simple and poignant story about finding yourself is the perfect introduction to gender-inclusive pronouns for readers of all ages.

Review Quotes

"Locke's simple narrative...seamlessly incorporates the appropriate pronouns for each person, demonstrating the ease with which language can change to accommodate pronoun diversity.... A sweet, affirming introduction to the language used to communicate a range of gender identities."--Booklist

Praise for What Are Your Words?:

"Awesome, insightful, powerful, necessary, relevant and woke.... The variety of adjectives used throughout Ari's journey to find their words will delight Language Arts teachers and can serve as a teaching text."--Cicely Lewis, School Library Journal

About The Author

Katherine Locke's words are they and them! Katherine lives and writes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with their very demanding cats and overflowing bookshelves. They also wrote Bedtime for Superheroes, and books for older readers including The Girl with the Red Balloon and The Spy with the Red Ballon. They edited and contributed to It's a Whole Spiel: Love, Latkes and Other Jewish Stories and the forthcoming This is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them, Us. They can be found online at

Anne (Andy) Passchier is a non-binary illustrator from the Netherlands, currently working in the USA. Anne lives with their cats, loves to travel, draw, and enjoys all things spooky and Halloween.

Dimensions (Overall): 9.8 Inches (H) x .3 Inches (W) x 9.8 Inches (D)
Weight: 1 Pounds
Suggested Age: 4-8 Years
Number of Pages: 40
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: LGBT
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
Author: Katherine Locke
Language: English
Street Date: May 25, 2021
TCIN: 81987242
UPC: 9780316542067
Item Number (DPCI): 059-03-9284
Origin: Made in the USA
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Estimated ship dimensions: 1 inches length x 9.75 inches width x 9.75 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1 pounds
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2.9 out of 5 stars with 35 reviews
66% would recommend
6 recommendations

Great book for kids

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Sk - 5 months ago
Love how this book takes on using pronouns! It’s a great way to teach using pronouns. Great book. My kiddo loves it
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No bueno

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
DelMonte72 - 1 year ago
A great book... if you're into confusing your innocent children. Stay away.
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Brain Washing for Kids

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Reader - 1 year ago
Don't waste your money!!
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A must have for an inclusive library

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
KP - 2 years ago
Exactly what I was looking for!
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My pronouns

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Natalia F - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
A great conversation starter. This was one the best purchases for my inclusive library. The colors are beautiful and the words are perfect.
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5 out of 5 stars
hilary - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
Very engaging and fun to read. I think it's a great way to start conversations about the different words we like to use for ourselves and it shows that it's okay for those words to change as we grow or even just day to day.
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5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Ciam - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
This book is absolutely beautiful and is a perfect way to start a conversation with your child. We talk about our words every day. Today my child is: kind, funny, capable, and smart and he/him
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5 out of 5 stars
Bravo - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
There’s a real need for books like this, teaching about differences. I was unaware of this book till I saw it in a Target email ad. Thank you!
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