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I Am Jazz Hardcover – September 4, 2014
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A 2015 Rainbow List Selection
"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
Jessica Herthel is the director of the Stonewall National Education Project, which networks LGBTQ inclusive school districts and develops educational materials for the classroom.
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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I read this to my six year old step daughter who totally got it and was completely unfazed.
She threw “I Am Jazz” into the pile, and like every other book we checkout, I didn’t give it a glance or a thought.
That night, we started reading it, and like most of the offerings I found it a little bland.
“I like mermaids, and cartwheels, and” so on and so forth.
And then I turned the page.
It was a bigger twist than M. Night Shamalamadingdong has ever created, and it was wonderful. I started laughing in my surprise, and kept reading. My daughter enjoyed the tale, and even though she doesn’t realize it yet, she’s learning an important lesson about life.
What a wonderful introduction into the world of transgender people for her. What a wonderful introduction into the world of “different but the same.”
Themes of acceptance and self-worth will always be winners in my house.
The next night, I read it to both my daughter, and two-year-old son.
OK, he didn’t appreciate it as much as he does Thomas & Friends, but that’s OK. He’ll get it someday.
Best to start early, because it’s so much better to teach love than bigotry.