By beginning early and sharing age-appropriate books that help kids see through gender assumptions, trans, nonbinary, and gender-expansive kids can relax and trust that they are perfectly natural and valuable. And kids who are cisgender can know that they are part of a larger picture of natural diversity. This sets the stage for more learning about diversity and inclusion as they develop and helps dismantle gender based bullying before it begins.
Call Me Tree/Llamame arbol
Call Me Tree provides a gentle lead-up to more specific talks about pronouns and gender. Use this book to explore everyone’s right to grow into who they fully are.
- EXPANDS room for kids to just be themselves with pronoun free text.
- CENTERS a connection to nature through the use of Tree as a personal reference.
By being intentionally gender free, Call Me Tree provides for some a much needed break from the constant boy-girl assumptions and requirements. It can also provide a moment to pause and consider those assumptions, requirements and their impact. Download the in-depth Reader's Guide created by Maya.
Despite the fact that there are no gender specific pronouns, reviewers have assumed the main character is a cisgender boy. The main character is actually based on someone assigned girl. The specificity doesn’t matter as much as the opportunity to notice the assumption.
Many of us assume a child with short hair, dressed in a t-shirt and pants is a cisgender boy. What does an assumption like that fully communicate? About gender requirements? fitting in? living up to expectations? being accepted? Who does it leave out and what is the impact of being excluded?
Call Me Tree also opens up the possibility that it’s ok not to know the gender of a child. No matter what their gender identity may be, what is valuable is that they feel free, strong, a sense of belonging and appreciative of difference and sameness in themselves and others.
For Kids, Call Me Tree offers opportunities to:
- Become aware of gender assumptions and stereotypes and step away from "guessing" people's pronouns and gender based on stereotypes.
- Explore international, multicultural perspectives on gender beyond western ones.
They She He Me: Free to Be!
They She He Me provides a valuable introduction to pronouns and gender for kids. Use this book to explore the many ways each pronoun can look and expand beyond he and she.
- INTERRUPTS stereotypes and assumptions.
- INSPIRES curiosity and big conversations about lots of different pronouns and ways of being.
Pronouns serve as a familiar starting point for kids and grown-ups to expand ideas about gender and celebrate personal expression with fun imagery that provides a place to meet and play.
Sample back matter from the book:
Watch the stop-motion video animating some of this back material using our Playing with Pronouns card deck!
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They, She, He easy as ABC
They, She, He easy as ABC models that gender inclusion is as fundamentally important as learning the alphabet. Use this book to practice using inclusive pronouns.
- CELEBRATES gender diversity while learning the alphabet.
- ENCOURAGES ways of speaking that make room for everybody to be who they are.