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Calvin / written by JR and Vanessa Ford ; illustrated by Kayla Harren.

Ford, Ronald Martin, Jr., (author.). Ford, Vanessa, (author.). Harren, Kayla, (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library E F (Text) 33500013497391 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library E F (Text) 33500013497383 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593108673
  • ISBN: 0593108671
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2022]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
"A transgender boy prepares for the first day of school and introduces himself to his family and friends for the first time"-- Provided by publisher.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 4-8 G. P. Putnam's Sons.
Grades K-1 G. P. Putnam's Sons.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 November #1
    *Starred Review* "For as long as I could remember, I knew I was a boy," a sweet-faced child (part white, part Black) tells the reader. But what will he tell his parents, who believe he is a girl? Why, his truth! After he makes his announcement, they reassure him, saying, "We love you if you are a girl, boy, neither, or both." Next to find out are his grandparents, who accept him, too, without reservation. But with his new boys' clothes and shorter haircut, what will he experience at (gulp) school? He needn't have worried, for, happily, they universally embrace him. Not only that but his new name is everywhere—on his cubby, on the name tag on his table, on the lunch chart, and, well, everywhere! Finally, the denouement: he reveals that his name is, you guessed it, the same name as his beloved toy lion, Calvin! This is one happy book that reflects an idealized world, a way we all wish it could be, and that's all right. Illustrator Harren's softly colored, realistic pictures capture that world and Calvin's look perfectly—he's cute as the proverbial button. Finally, the coauthors write with gentle insight, for, as they share in an endnote, they have a trans child themselves. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

JR and Vanessa Ford are nationally-known advocates for LGBTQ+ rights, specifically, rights for transgender youth. Their advocacy and work has been featured in the <I>New York Times</I>, <I>Newsweek</I>, <I>The Boston Globe</I>, <I>The Washington Post</I>, and in "Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric." They were both founding members of the Human Rights Campaign's Parents for Transgender Equality Council. They live with their two children, one of whom is trans, in the Boston, MA area.<br><br>Kayla Harren graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She illustrated the award-winning picture books <i>A Boy Like You</i> and <i>The Boy Who Grew A Forest</i>. Kayla draws pictures at her home in Minnesota, where she lives with her husband and dogs.

Subject: Transgender people > Juvenile fiction.
First day of school > Juvenile fiction.
Schools > Juvenile fiction.
Genre: School fiction.
Picture books.
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