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I Am Jazz - Jessica Herthel

Hardcover Published: 2nd January 2015
ISBN: 9780803741072
Number Of Pages: 28
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old

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From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl's brain in a boy's body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn't feel like herself in boys' clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born this way.

Jazz's story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.

About the Author

Jessica Herthel is the director of the Stonewall National Education Project, which networks LGBTQ inclusive school districts and develops educational materials for the classroom. Jazz Jennings is twelve years old. She is an honorary co-founder of the TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation.

She has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Network, 20/20 specials with Barbara Walters, and The Rosie Show, and she speaks at schools and conferences across the country. Shelagh McNicholas has illustrated many books for children, including The Perfect Pony and Little Ballet Star. She lives in England.

Industry Reviews

A 2015 Rainbow List Selection

"All young people--regardless of difference--deserve the things Jazz shares in her lovely book: a loving family, supportive friends, and the freedom to be their true selves. A beautifully illustrated and accessible primer on one trans girl's journey of living her truth."--Janet Mock, New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness

"I wish I had had a book like this when I was a kid struggling with gender identity questions. I found it deeply moving in its simplicity and honesty."--Laverne Cox, acclaimed actress and transgender advocate

"Jazz is a sensitive and courageous young woman. Her story is inspiring and important to read. By sharing her experiences and view she has added to our understanding and compassion for the transgender experience."--Barbara Walters

"A terrific and timely book that explains to kids what it means to be transgender and--more importantly--that reminds kids our similarities are much more important than our differences."--Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of The Storyteller and Between the Lines

"I Am Jazz is honest, inspiring, and beautiful--but its greatest strength is it never apologizes for being different."--Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author of I Am Amelia Earhart

Nice book if this is what you're after


I ordered this book because gender diversity is something that crops up regularly in my family and amongst my friends, I have one child who is gender-nonconforming, and I wanted these things to be represented in the books we read with the kids. It's a nice, straight-forward explanation of transgender people told through Jazz's story, and it does that well. I think I was a little disappointed because it's not much of a story other than that, so it's not showing a trans girl actually having any adventures or anything. My kids at 4 and 6 are just young enough that a seemingly-adventureless story didn't really hold their attention. (I know being accepted as trans is a pretty big thing, but the book downplays it enough and the kids know little enough about the issues that all of that slips on past them.) I thought the book was easily understood by both my kids, and that was important because I know that they're at an age (especially the gender-non-conforming youngest) where they are establishing their own gender identity so these concepts really need to be demonstrated *now* and not "some time when they're older". However, they haven't wanted to read it again. I'm keeping it on the shelf for pulling out and reading with them again sometime when we need to discuss the issue (as I know we will), and it will be good for that. It doesn't help address the sense of representation in children's books though.

Perth, W.A.


I Am Jazz

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ISBN: 9780803741072
ISBN-10: 0803741073
Audience: Children
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old
For Grades: 1 - 2
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 28
Published: 2nd January 2015
Publisher: DIAL (CHILDREN)
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.6 x 23.5  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1

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