My Dad Thinks I'm a Boy?! - A Trans Positive Children's Book
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Ages 6 - 9 years.
A comic style children's book that tells the story of Stephie, a 7-year-old transgender girl, whose Dad is still struggling to recognise and accept her gender. It portrays a powerful message for children aged 6-9, that no one else other than ourselves gets to decide who we are.
'My Dad thinks I'm a boy named Stephen who likes wrestling and fishing. But that's what my Dad likes.'
Stephie is 7 years old. She likes bugs, books and spaghetti. Also, she's a girl... which should be pretty easy to understand, right? Well, not for her Dad! He's been mistaking her for a boy since she was born and struggles to see her for who she is.
This powerful and uplifting book for children aged 6 - 9 and their families humorously portrays a situation that is often too common, where a trans child is forced to negotiate between their true self and their parents' love.
With amusing illustrations, and a useful guide for adults, it's the perfect book to help show children that no one else other than ourselves gets to decide who we are.
'Sophie Labelle's My Dad Thinks I'm A Boy is a hilarious, tender, zany, and thoughtful story about growing up with a parent who doesn't always understand you. Readers will laugh, cry, and learn along with Stephie as she tries to help her dad see her for who she truly is.'
- Kai Cheng Thom, award-winning author of From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea
'A powerful, authentic and engaging story that shifts our understanding of trans kids to a new and a more real level. This book is a breath of fresh air, that allows the reader to get to know trans people from their own perspective. Often our stories are told from people from the outside looking in, but Sophie cleverly manages to shift that focus to the trans person and their experiences, which gives the story more authenticity, realness and power.'
- Owl (Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir Jónsdóttir), writer, film maker and campaigner.
Author: Sophie Labelle