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The 6th annual
Jazz and Friends National Day of School and Community Readings

Thursday, Feb. 25th, 2021

 

The Jazz & Friends National Day of School and Community Readings is an annual event that helps to promote a more inclusive educational environment for transgender, non-binary and gender expansive youth. Parents, caregivers, educators, students and community members across the country will join together to support and affirm our youth by hosting readings. Participants can read any or all of the three selected books for Jazz & Friends: I am Jazz, My Rainbow and When Aidan Became A Brother.

 

 

I Am Jazz is an autobiographical picture book about a transgender child. In her words, "I have a girl brain but a boy body." The story is based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transgender kids everywhere.

 

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. 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.

 

Although the realistic watercolor illustrations consistently display only happy faces in these beginning pages, the text recounts her family’s struggle to understand her early-childhood assertion of femininity: “At first my family was confused. They’d always thought of me as a boy.” Jazz recalls her pain when compelled to wear “boy clothes” in public. “Pretending I was a boy felt like telling a lie.” Her parents’ efforts to understand prompt them to meet with a doctor who introduces the word “transgender,” which enables the family’s powerful affirmation: “We understand now. Be who you are. We love you no matter what.” The story balances this acceptance with honest acknowledgment of others’ ongoing confusion and intermittent cruelty.

 

When Adrian became a Brother  - by Kyle Lukoff

When Aidan was born, everyone thought he was a girl. His parents gave him a pretty name, his room looked like a girl's room, and he wore clothes that other girls liked wearing. After he realized he was a trans boy, Aidan and his parents fixed the parts of his life that didn't fit anymore, and he settled happily into his new life.

 

When Aidan Became a Brother is a heartwarming book that will resonate with transgender children, reassure any child concerned about becoming an older sibling, and celebrate the many transitions a family can experience.

 

 

My Rainbow by DeShanna Neal  (Author), Trinity Neal  (Author), Art Twink (Illustrator)

A dedicated mom puts love into action as she creates the perfect rainbow-colored wig for her transgender daughter, based on the real-life experience of mother-daughter advocate duo Trinity and DeShanna Neal.

 

Warm morning sunlight and love fill the Neal home. And on one quiet day, playtime leads to an important realization: Trinity wants long hair like her dolls. She needs it to express who she truly is. Her family decides to take a trip to the beauty supply store, but none of the wigs is the perfect fit. Determined, Mom leaves with bundles of hair in hand, ready to craft a wig as colorful and vibrant as her daughter is.

 

With powerful text by Trinity and DeShanna Neal and radiant art by Art Twink, MY RAINBOW is a celebration of showing up as our full selves with the people who have seen us fully all along.

 

 

These books are appropriate for young children of all ages.

These virtual readings will be available from our Facebook page all day on Thursday, February 25th  -   https://www.facebook.com/adkncga

 

 By participating in this national event, we wish to send a clear message to let the transgender and non-binary youth in the Adirondack North Country know that they are welcome, loved and affirmed.

 

 

Kelly Metzgar,

Pronouns - She/Her/Hers

Executive Director

Adirondack North Country Gender Alliance

Email: ancga@outlook.com

Phone: 518-637-7253

Visit us on Face Book at  https://www.facebook.com/adkncga/

PO Box 634 Canton, NY 13617

The 6th annual
Jazz and Friends National Day of School and Community Readings

Thursday, Feb. 25th, 2021

 

The Jazz & Friends National Day of School and Community Readings is an annual event that helps to promote a more inclusive educational environment for transgender, non-binary and gender expansive youth. Parents, caregivers, educators, students and community members across the country will join together to support and affirm our youth by hosting readings. Participants can read any or all of the three selected books for Jazz & Friends: I am Jazz, My Rainbow and When Aidan Became A Brother.

 

 

I Am Jazz is an autobiographical picture book about a transgender child. In her words, "I have a girl brain but a boy body." The story is based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transgender kids everywhere.

 

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. 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.

 

Although the realistic watercolor illustrations consistently display only happy faces in these beginning pages, the text recounts her family’s struggle to understand her early-childhood assertion of femininity: “At first my family was confused. They’d always thought of me as a boy.” Jazz recalls her pain when compelled to wear “boy clothes” in public. “Pretending I was a boy felt like telling a lie.” Her parents’ efforts to understand prompt them to meet with a doctor who introduces the word “transgender,” which enables the family’s powerful affirmation: “We understand now. Be who you are. We love you no matter what.” The story balances this acceptance with honest acknowledgment of others’ ongoing confusion and intermittent cruelty.

 

 

When Adrian became a Brother  - by Kyle Lukoff

When Aidan was born, everyone thought he was a girl. His parents gave him a pretty name, his room looked like a girl's room, and he wore clothes that other girls liked wearing. After he realized he was a trans boy, Aidan and his parents fixed the parts of his life that didn't fit anymore, and he settled happily into his new life.

 

When Aidan Became a Brother is a heartwarming book that will resonate with transgender children, reassure any child concerned about becoming an older sibling, and celebrate the many transitions a family can experience.

 

 

 

My Rainbow by DeShanna Neal  (Author), Trinity Neal  (Author), Art Twink (Illustrator)

A dedicated mom puts love into action as she creates the perfect rainbow-colored wig for her transgender daughter, based on the real-life experience of mother-daughter advocate duo Trinity and DeShanna Neal.

 

Warm morning sunlight and love fill the Neal home. And on one quiet day, playtime leads to an important realization: Trinity wants long hair like her dolls. She needs it to express who she truly is. Her family decides to take a trip to the beauty supply store, but none of the wigs is the perfect fit. Determined, Mom leaves with bundles of hair in hand, ready to craft a wig as colorful and vibrant as her daughter is.

 

With powerful text by Trinity and DeShanna Neal and radiant art by Art Twink, MY RAINBOW is a celebration of showing up as our full selves with the people who have seen us fully all along.

 

 

These books are appropriate for young children of all ages.

These virtual readings will be available from our Facebook page all day on Thursday, February 25th  -

https://www.facebook.com/adkncga

 

 By participating in this national event, we wish to send a clear message to let the transgender and non-binary youth in the Adirondack North Country know that they are welcome, loved and affirmed.

 

 

Kelly Metzgar,

Pronouns - She/Her/Hers

Executive Director

Adirondack North Country Gender Alliance

Email: ancga@outlook.com

Phone: 518-637-7253

Visit us on Face Book at  https://www.facebook.com/adkncga/