Read more about our CHILDREN'S BOOKS that EXPLORE PRONOUNS as part of the Gender Wheel Curriculum LEVEL ONE: Pronoun Circle

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.

Call Me Tree - exploring gender assumptions

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.

Highlights:

  • intentionally created without pronouns and main character is referred to as a kid not a boy or a girl.
  • all kids are in nature and in poses inspired by the Yogic Tree pose
  • bilingual English/Spanish

Call Me Tree Reader's Guide

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.
    • Through the letter to readers kids understand that guessing about someone's gender based on how they look can leave a lot of people out.
    • When we introduce that the main character would have been assigned girl at birth, we can ask how does knowing this change their understanding of the other kids in the book?
    • What if we imagined all the kids in the book went by she? What if they all went by he? or they? or tree!?
  • Explore international, multicultural perspectives on gender beyond western ones.
    • The book begins with nature, then connects the kids to their bodies through Yoga, specifically the Tree pose and variations thereof. This provides an opportunity to learn about Yoga and India. We can learn that India has a legal third gender. We can then reflect back on the book and explore the kids’ genders.
    • Gender Series Part 2: Multicultural Awareness provides resources and videos for educators to gain more understanding of gender in other cultures. Also included are coloring pages and book recommendations to share with kids.

Call me tree, Gender Free

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.

They She He Me: Free to Be! - a book exploring pronouns and personal expression

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.

"The authors have succeeded in creating a gorgeous and much-needed picture book about pronouns and gender fluidity. A beautiful and gentle exploration of identity and kindness." - School Library Journal, starred review

Highlights:

  • shows many gender presentations under each pronoun and invites even more. Includes 47 different kids and their pronouns.
  • The back offers a playful narrative about pronouns for kids as well as some discussion for grown-ups on how to hold a supportive space for kids (and for themselves)

sample spread from They She He Me: Free to Be!

Sample back matter from the book:
Watch the stop-motion video animating some of this back material using our Playing with Pronouns card deck!

Keep inclusive perspectives alive with a poster!

(also available as a large 18 x 24 poster)
Download the Pronoun Poster

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.

They, She, He easy as ABC

Learn the ABCs and practice inclusive pronouns!

Highlights:

  • Re-introduces several of the characters from They She He Me: Free to Be as we learn more about them.
  • Upbeat and rhythmic text naturally models how to use a wide range of pronouns.
  • Spirited imagery keeps names, clothes, hair and behavior fresh and diverse while dismantling stereotypes.

*View the related 4 Part Video Series with Maya and make your own alphabet page.

Sample Spread from They, She, He easy as ABC by Maya & Matthew

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