Today marks the beginning of my 30-day Kickstarter campaign to fund printing and distribution of “B in the World,” a chapter book for early elementary students and their parents about a gender non-conforming boy and the challenges he faces with bullying and acceptance.
Here’s a little bit of background about how B was born.
When we meet a new baby, most of us automatically ask the same question: is it a boy or a girl? Easy to answer, right?
Then someone like B walks into the room—a “boy” with long, curly red hair, wearing pink sneakers and yellow sweatpants, talking excitedly about the cupcakes he just baked for his teacher—and everything we thought we knew about gender flies out the window.
For most children, birth sex and gender identity match. But sometimes, how children feel about themselves differs from their biology. Some, like my friend’s child, feel the mismatch almost as soon as they begin to talk. Others know somehow that simply talking about how they feel falls far outside the cultural norm.
Many children, especially once they start school, struggle with being somehow perceived as “different”—either because of how they like to dress, or how they look, or simply because of what they like to do. Some of the challenges B faces in this story are gender-connected, some are just kid-related.
B IN THE WORLD was inspired by my experience as a member of a non-traditional family and I’ve written the story in a fun, engaging voice. It’s a story about being yourself and being proud of it. It is a story for kids who are different, about kids who are different with the ultimate message that it’s okay to be different.