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ABC of Gender Identity

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Thank you to Netgalley and Publishers for a free ARC in exchange for a honest review.

Disclaimer: I'm 21 years old with no kids. 

Yet this book had some terms I hadn't even heard of before. Like the Guide for Adults at the end of the book states, this is a discussion-oriented book that needs the adult to bring prior knowledge of these terms to the conversation. I don't see it being entirely useful to a child without the discussion aspect but it's curated with simple definitions for the child to understand with minimal assistance from the adult.
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This book is great for preschoolers or kindergarteners. This enables educators or parents to start the conversation early & provide early exposure. Love it!
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This is a really cute book for people that want to raise queer informed children. The parents guide in the back is perfect and very helpful as to how to approach the topic with one's children I love the mix of common and uncommon identities in a way that lends no judgement.
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I think this would be a great resource to have on hand for specific students. I say that because as a preschool teacher, there is such a wide spectrum of understanding and comprehension surrounding so many issues, including but not limited to the various genders. Some students and families may have more varied experiences, understandings and comfort with introducing various concepts. The pictures are simple and bright and would appear to appeal more to the youngest learners while I feel the explanations of the vocabulary are a little more advanced and maybe a bit mismatched with the visuals. I love the colors and clean lines, and learned some new vocabulary myself. I appreciate the information targeted to adults/families at the end of the book that offers suggestions as to how to introduce these topics in age appropriate discussions. As a teacher - and a parent, too - it can often be difficult to know where to begin with things we have less understanding of, and it is always great to have a resource to recommend to people. This would be great to add to a home bookshelf as well.
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Full disclosure: I don’t have any kids. I’m an adult who’s conscious that they don’t know much about different gender identities and wants to know more. That’s why this cute, brightly-coloured book appealed.

It’s filled with some terms you know, but quite a few that you’ve probably never heard of before. For example, as well as lots of others, “Kynigender” and “Horogender” were new to me. The first means, “someone who is unable to pinpoint their gender due to the stress of the questioning process.” And the second means “someone whose gender identity changes over time.”

The 26 different gender identities do an excellent job of making you realise just how narrow and unrepresentative the gender binary is. And there’s a helpful reminder at the back, for adults, of the differences between gender, sex and gender identity. There are also suggestions about how to use the book to open up discussions with children, but not sure how well they’d work in practice.

The A to Z of Gender Identity is a timely and helpful primer. Its only drawback is because the language in this area is evolving so quickly, it can only ever represent a snapshot of a particular point in time.
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This was a surprisingly informative to be so short and an alphabet book. I am an adult and learned some terms and definitions that I had never heard. Even though it’s a children's book, I think it’s a good book for anyone who is wanting to understand more about gender identity. It’s simplistic but that is the beauty!
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Title - ABC Of Gender Identity 

Author - Devika Dalal

Theme/Topic - Gender Identities 

Age - 5+

Published - June 21st, 2021

Pages - 58

Summary - This book gives a run down from A-Z of Gender Identities and what they mean. Giving 26 Gender Identities and their meanings. Gender Identity is a huge part of who we are and this book is aimed at giving children the information they need to explore who they are. 
This book includes simple explanations, a helpful guide for parents, and is a great way of exploring diversity, acceptance, and equality that this world needs so much. 

What I Liked About This Book - I liked how it was simple, straight to the point, and very informative. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community myself, I believe knowledge is our most powerful weapon when teaching acceptance and equality. This book really helps to achieve that. In fact, I learned a few things myself as there were a couple of gender identities I myself hadn't heard of.  
I also liked the fact there was a helpful guide for parents, coming from a family who was not accepting of LGBTQIA+ this helpful guide I hope will help other parents understand how they can be supportive and knowledgeable should the need arise. 

Rating - 5*

Reviewed by LucyLui
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I very much liked this book!
The thing I liked the most about this book is that it did not give so much technical talk. It was just as a child would understand. 
I am genderqueer myself, but even I learned new words that describe me somewhat better! The graphics were also so cute!
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Honestly I expected more from this book. It's basically just a glossary with not very good definitions. I'm part of the LGBT+ Community myself and while I didn't know some of these identities, the book just didn't do a good job of explaining what the identities actually meant. I feel like it would just confuse kids more than actually help them understand. It would be better almost to just talk to your kids and research with them rather than reading this book to them.
The art style in the book was simple but I didn't really like it. I think they could've done a bit more with it honestly. As for the definitions, I understand it's meant for children but give better explanations than a one sentence description. And to me using the alphabet like this just didn't work in the author's favour, it did seem like some of the identities were there just to fill a letter that didn't have a more well-known identity to fit. I feel that if it wasn't in the format of the alphabet you could have included these same identities as well as others and given better descriptions and examples even of each identity and made it easier for children to understand. 
What I've noticed with some kids is that a definition only doesn't help them to understand something, but if you were to explain in depth a little more or even have a character for each identity, and have them explain what it meant to them, it would get the kids more interested and help them to understand it better. 

All in all, thank you to netgalley and the publishers for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I requested this book because I myself have always wondered what some of the gender/sexual identity terms were. So to put it in an ABC format was actually perfect! 
Will be purchasing for my kids and my friends kids!
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I'm grateful to Jessica Kingsley Publishers and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Expected date of release is June 21, 2021.

This book provides very short definitions of 26 gender-related terms in alphabetical order, and then includes an epilogue to provide guidance to parents in talking to their children about gender identity.

I love that this book exists - I want to make that very clear. Terminology around sexuality and gender identity has exploded in the last few decades. I'm non-binary, and even as an insider, I wouldn't say I know all the terms.

That said, I don't know how useful this book actually is. The definitions provided for the terms are really too short to do much good, and some of the definitions are incomprehensible (libragender, I'm looking at you). The idea of presenting them as an alphabet is cute, but it results in an uneven text. Some words that should have been included, being much more common, are missing, and some words are included only because they suited the letter the author needed to fill in, rather than being a truly necessary piece of queer-trans culture.

Someone who's already part of the community probably doesn't need this book to talk about gender with their kids. Someone who's external to the community will need a lot of supporting texts and internet research to go along with this book in order to talk to their kids. Maybe this would work for someone sort of adjacent to the community? If the definitions were only a bit longer and included examples, it would be a much more useful text.
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The artwork in this book is simple, but still very cute and easy on the eyes! The terms and descriptions are easy to understand and would be even easier to explain to a child, and even helped me understand what some of them mean as a non-binary person. I think this would be one of the best accompaniments to any person trying to educate a child on gender and gender identities, while not having the source material be confusing or overwhelming for any parties involved!
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This picture book provides an alphabetical introduction to 26 gender-related terms. It is primarily intended for young children who are just starting to explore and understand gender identity and expression, but it could be of benefit to anyone who wants a simple introduction to some key terms. Each letter of the alphabet gets one gender-related term as a well as a simple and concise definition of the term. Dalal included a guide for adults by Michelle Angello at the end of the book that gives suggestions for how to use the book and discussion questions to use to help children understand and process the information provided. This is definitely a book that's meant to be used as a facilitator for discussion, rather than for simple enjoyment. While some ABC books have fun wordplay or make a story, this book is simply a dictionary. The pictures are simple and vary little throughout the book. Despite this simplicity, I think this book would make a valuable addition to any collection, personal or public. Kids start to recognize and explore gender at a very young age and the sooner they are introduced to a variety of gender identities, the more comfortable they will be in recognizing and accepting them for themselves or in their peers.
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This is a fantastic book with which to introduce the concept of gender identity with a child. The ABC of Gender Identity explores 26 gender identities (all associated with a letter of the alphabet) and approaches this topic in a relatable and caring manner. The Guide for Adults at the end is a thorough and thoughtful resource.
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This book was stunning and so important for kids everywhere. Gender is such a difficult topic that has a lot of breakdowns, but seeing it laid out so clearly was really well done (I learned something too). I truly loved this book and I feel like it is really important for kids in our society. I also loved the illustrations and the colors. It had a really playful vibe that complimented the message perfectly.
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I think this is  such a great tool for everyone- regardless of age. I knew about maybe a handful of these terms- a lot of them I didn't even know they existed. I wish I would have grown up with a tool like this, I think it could have helped me with a lot of relationships in high school and college.  At the end of the book, Devika Dalal mentions how children prefer to hear concepts like this from trusted adults. Learning these terms now will hopefully help teach my own kids and other adults in my family.
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I love the idea of this book and think it will be essential to many young readers, however, I feel that some of the language used could be tweaked or a disclaimer added saying gender expression/experience is not a catch-all experience. This book will be a great help to young readers as to be empathetic to their peers or understand themselves better.
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Books like this absolutely need to exist, and I love that this book normalizes discussing gender identity with young children.

My understanding of gender identity continues to grow, and I learned things from this book.  In general, I think it's a good reference, even for adults.

I do think that there's a bit of a mismatch between the audience for this book and the language used in this book.  A lot of the definitions given included vocabulary and concepts much beyond what would be expected of a 5 year old (association, overlapping, typical, surgical), and that using this book to discuss gender identity with children requires a stronger adult knowledge of the concepts in this book to be able to simplify, explain, and answer questions.  (For example, the definition not queer limiting to gender identity [which I know is the context of this book] without acknowledging that the term is also commonly used within the context sexual orientation may lead to confusion if the child/adult didn't have that foundational knowledge to clarify.)

I was unclear what the AQ in brackets on some pages indicated and couldn't find a key.

The illustrations did not contribute much to the book.
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Thank you to Netgalley for giving me this e-book in exchange for an honest review! I really didn't know what to expect when I opened this book. I think I was anticipating something more like a children's picture book, based on the cover? And I'm not sure if the fact that I received the book as a kindle e-book changed anything about the format, but I really wish it had a little more. It was, essentially, a few pages of introduction, a list of gender identities (some of which I had never heard of before and was interested to see), and a short conclusion. I feel like I was expecting more. More color, or some drawings perhaps? It would have been nice to see some of the flags and colors that I know exist for certain gender identities in tandem with their definitions, or some basic drawings. It's entirely possible that those things exist in the final version of this and that we simply don't get them in the digital ARC, but based on the cover visuals, I thought it would be a little more colorful. And while I do on one hand appreciate the simplicity of the definitions, often only one sentence, it would also be nice to have a little more information behind each gender identity. I'm rating it three stars because I learned something new and I appreciated feeling included, seeing my own gender identity defined in an easy way that is helpful, but overall I wish it had a little more.
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Pros:  Although this book is marketed for young readers, I think this is a necessary read for all ages. Adults need to be educated about gender identity just as much as children do. (I learned new terms when reading this book!) I think children’s books are a great place for adults to begin when wanting to learn more about something. Children’s books offer a simplified foundation that can inspire deeper research by readers of all ages. When reading this book, I especially enjoyed the bold, colorful, and inclusive illustrations.

Cons: None that I know of—this is an area where I am still learning, so I do not have the knowledge to criticize the information included in the book.  

I do suggest that children read this with an adult so they can ask questions and talk about what they are learning from the book. (In the introduction, the author also recommends this.) 

Thank you to NetGalley and Jessica Kinglsey Publishers for the opportunity to read this book.
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