Originally published in: 2017
What it’s about: A story telling young girls it’s ok to be their authentic selves.
What made me pick it up: Rosenthal’s widow’s TED talk as recommended on Twitter by John Green.
My favorite parts: You be you. That’s the message. One I want to tell every young impressionable unsure girl. And also the ones who haven’t yet learned to be unsure. You’re the only you there is. Be that, whatever that looks like.
Who it’s great for: Girls of any age.
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Originally published in: 2018
What it’s about: A young boy who wishes to be a mermaid like the performers he sees at the pool.
What made me pick it up: I’d seen it well reviewed online.
My favorite parts: Obviously the entirely accepting and incredibly sweet abuela is my favorite. Instead of yelling at the child for taking the curtains down to make a tail and using the fern as a headdress while she’s in the bath, she gets him a necklace to compliment his outfit. Then she takes him to a parade to see other mermaids like him. The acceptance is almost too beautiful to read without tearing up.
Who it’s great for: Everyone. Littles who do their own thing.
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