I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl? by Sarah Savage
Published on February 15, 2015.
Are you a Boy or are you a Girl? is unlike any kind of children’s book you’ve seen before. With your help, we can talk gender creatively and with confidence, and assist parents and teachers the world over. What makes this book new is that it leaves it up to the reader to decide the gender of the main character. It’s a book that includes all forms of gender expression, and it allows parents and children to begin to break down the barriers of gender and to talk about what different stereotypes and roles mean to them.
In the book the main character does not identify with being a boy or being a girl. Other characters keep pressing the question, but no answer is ever given. Statements are made about the two genders, i.e. girls cannot be firefighters, and then refuted by the characters. The goal is to get discussion going with children about gender and what it means.
The illustrations are colorful and complementary to the text. This book was produced as a means to raise funds for a few groups in the UK that focus on gender identity issues and trans people.
I think it’s a good resource.
My Rating: 3 Stars