Dyson loves pink, sparkly things. Sometimes he wears dresses. Sometimes he wears jeans. He likes to wear his princess tiara, even when climbing trees. He’s a Princess Boy.
Inspired by the author’s son, and by her own initial struggles to understand, this is a heart-warming book about unconditional love and one remarkable family. It is also a call for tolerance and an end to bullying and judgments. The world is a brighter place when we accept everyone for who they are.
Meet polkadot is a kids book that aims to do this. Polkadot as well as Polkadot’s big sister Gladiola and best friend Norma Alicia, introduce readers to the challenges and beauty that are experienced by Polkadot as a non-binary, trans kid.
“For long, aravanis or hijras have been the invisible yet hypervisible subjects of a societal gaze — looked at, talked about, feared, revered, cursed, and imagined. They have largely stood as metaphors, refused individual histories, lives, identities and selves by a society that reduces them to corporeal bodies, stereotypes and objects of disdain. Yet this gaze has been challenged and subverted time and time again by a community that refuses to be ashamed or see itself as the victim. Some of the greatest victories in recent history in this battle for rights have been won in Tamil Nadu – the first state in India where the government recognised many of the rights of the hijra community. The stories in this volume chronicle many of the aravanis who were part of this groundbreaking change. Indeed, in Tamil, these stories were some of the first narratives of hijra lives told to, written by and produced entirely by the members of the community themselves. Appearing in English for the first time, these landmark narratives still retain the authenticity, simplicity and rawness of life stories of courage, pain, searching, and both triumph and despair, told without agenda” Blurb copied from Goodreads – this book was originally written in Tamil and has been translated into English.
Haven’t read it yet (I’m waiting for the hard copy!) but this book looks awesome. Good for explaining gender stuff to friendly cisgendered friends or family. They have an online version which you can get for a donation, and also a free mini booklet.
This site has a great list of books – see the Books with Queer (Gender Non-Conforming) characters/themes section on the left hand side. Yeah OK it’s books aimed at teens. Yeah OK, I still read kids books sometimes. whatever..