Finch, Michelle and Phoenix Finch. “Phoenix Goes to School”, illustrated by Sharon Davey, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2018.
“A Story to Support Transgender and Gender Diverse Children”
As Phoenix gets ready for his first day of school, her mother tells her to be herself and to listen to her heart. Like most kids, Phoenix is excited about going to school but she is also a bit tense because she knows that gender identity expression leave her open to being bullied. She did not have to worry—when she arrives at school she finds help and support from teachers and friends. She also finds that she is brave enough to talk to other kids about her gender.
This book for children was written for those children who have passed their fifth birthday. It is filled with wonderful illustrations and it is an empowering tool. It is meant to help children engage with gender identity in a fun and uplifting way. The day will come when we can live in the world as we want but for now we have to be thankful for what we have relating to transgender issues. Phoenix inspires brave young people to share their stories and be proud of who they are and she shows us what can happen when communities come together to celebrate diversity.
This book is not only a clever story about being oneself and it is also a critical tool for trans children, their families, educators, and everyone else. I believe that the majority in this country wants to understand the lives and realities of transgender youth.
The prose, the tone and the illustrations are perfect for are perfect for guiding young children on how to treat others with kindness and compassion.
What a cute and simple way to help children learn, understand and accept transgenderism. There are great points for discussion about diversity and inclusion, something we need more of today.