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I Am Jazz Hardcover – September 4, 2014
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"All young people—regardless of difference—deserve the things Jazz shares in her lovely book: a loving family, supportive friends, and the freedom to be their true selves. A beautifully illustrated and accessible primer on one trans girl's journey of living her truth."—Janet Mock, New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness
"I wish I had had a book like this when I was a kid struggling with gender identity questions. I found it deeply moving in its simplicity and honesty."—Laverne Cox, acclaimed actress and transgender advocate
"Jazz is a sensitive and courageous young woman. Her story is inspiring and important to read. By sharing her experiences and view she has added to our understanding and compassion for the transgender experience."—Barbara Walters
"A terrific and timely book that explains to kids what it means to be transgender and—more importantly—that reminds kids our similarities are much more important than our differences."—Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of The Storyteller and Between the Lines
“I Am Jazz is honest, inspiring, and beautiful—but its greatest strength is it never apologizes for being different.”—Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author of I Am Amelia Earhart
About the Author
Jazz Jennings is twelve years old. She is an honorary co-founder of the TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation (www.transkidspurplerainbow.org). She has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Network, 20/20 specials with Barbara Walters, and The Rosie Show, and she speaks at schools and conferences across the country.
Shelagh McNicholas has illustrated many books for children, including The Perfect Pony and Little Ballet Star. She lives in England.
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Top Customer Reviews
As a retired senior citizen who has suffered lifelong gender dysphoria, I credit my doctor and therapist, Jazz and her NEW book with helping me to understand the physical and psychological pain that has tormented me since very early childhood. This pain has been a regular visitor in my life because I was born with hormonal and brain differences whose effects on gender identity become more and more powerful with time--regardless of what I do.
Recently, my physician and therapist have helped me understand that I am a person having a transsexual experience I never chose to have. I pray that those of you who reject such medical explanations for why a boy would want to be a girl--especially parents of transgender children--will love your kids unconditionally. Don't punish them, or throw them out of the house--they have a medical condition that, without your love, and the support of schools and society, can lead to anxiety, depression, and death by suicide.
All kids need to be known, accepted and loved--no matter what. This is more true for kids who are transgender than for almost any other group. Thanks to you and your family, Jazz, your book is helping all of us understand a little bit better now! Thank you for a story that has helped me make sense of that time when I was your age, and no one knew how to help me deal with my neuro-endocrine difference! Sincerely,
It is worth noting that everyone's story is unique. This is one girl's perspective on a very wide array of other stories. My story as a trans person is different but the message, the explanation, is the same.
The illustrations are cute and appropriately support the directness behind the message.
This is not a social discourse of transgender science or ethics. Jazz, along with all trans people, has faced judgement and discrimination for who she is. Jazz is a person and can expect others to use the name and pronouns she identifies with; one's personal belief is irrelevant to treating others with respect. Hopefully Jazz's book can help others see that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this book mainly for my son who thinks he may be transgender, but also for my daughters so they can try to understand how my son and other trans kids might feel and what they... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Megan Wagner
IT was grear!! Veru informative and educationhal. I would and do recommend it to everyone so that thay be educated in the same way. I cant say enough about it. Read morePublished 10 days ago by M Featherstone
Has no basis in school, expecially children. Indoctrination at its finest point in trying to present a biologically impossible act of changing sex and trying to "teach"... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Ganali
I bought this book to help some younger children understand what it means to be Transgender, as well as support the community, and Jazz Jennings. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joseph Daugherty
Inappropriate material for the target audience. Also presents a very reckless and irresponsible response to a child with a mental illness. Read morePublished 2 months ago by C Mayfair
So glad I got this book as a gift for my boys. I was sceptical but realized it was written perfectly for my 6, 8, and 10 year old to learn to see people for who they are not what... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer