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It’s Okay to Sparkle

Title

It’s Okay to Sparkle

Authors

Avery Jackson

Illustrator

Jessica Udischas

Publisher

Debi Jackson

Publication Year

2017

ISBN

9780692831021

Pages

32 pages

Genre

biography

Format

picturebook

Item Type

Nonfiction

Annotation

The inspirational story, told in her own words, of 7-year-old Avery Jackson, who was assigned male at birth, but has now transitioned into a young girl, tells the story of how she realized she was a girl and how she helped her parents and friends to understand her transition. Her heart-warming story covers themes of friendship, bullying and self-esteem. Whether you're into dolls, ninja warriors or teddy bears, climbing trees, Tae Kwon Do or ballet, this book lets readers know that it's okay to be who you want to be. Avery's words are incredibly wise and articulate for such a young person and she will undoubtably provide support and inspiration to other families in similar situations.

Grade Level

PK-1; K-3

Topic

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Transgender; transgender child; boy to girl; transgender girl

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

transgender female

Awards

Rainbow List, 2018 Picture Book

Keywords

transgender youth; dress up; friends; family acceptance

Diversity Impact

direct

It’s Okay to Sparkle



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