by Gavin Grimm and Kyle Lukoff, illustrated by J. Yang
Katherine Tegen Books
A celebratory and empowering story from young trans activist Gavin Grimm, two-time Stonewall Award-winning and Newbery Honor-winning author Kyle Lukoff, and illustrator J Yang follows the true story of how a young boy stood up for himself — and made history along the way.
When you’re a kid like Gavin Grimm, you know yourself best. And Gavin knew that he was a boy — even if others saw him as a girl. But when his school took away his right to something as simple as using the boy’s restroom, Gavin knew he had a big decision to make.
Because there are always more choices than the ones others give you.
Gavin chose to correct others when they got his pronouns wrong. He asked to be respected. He stood up for himself. Gavin proved that his school had violated his constitutional rights and had the Supreme Court uphold his case — bringing about a historic win for trans rights. There are many kids out there, some just like Gavin Grimm, and they might even be you.
What choices will you make?
Target age: 4 to 8
"A beautiful, harmonious story that deftly documents Gavin's fight and explains why trans right are basic human rights. There's no choice here. Buy it!" — Kirkus Reviews
"Activist Grimm and author Lukoff’s voices blend powerfully in this autobiographical picture book. Crucially, readers can connect with the text both as people 'like Gavin' and people who, 'like Gavin,' understand that everyone has the right to be themselves." — Publishers Weekly
"This true story of courage and resiliency is sure to inspire young advocates everywhere." — The Horn Book
"All kids should be challenged to think about the message of standing up and fighting for what is right. Here is a worthy discussion-starter on an important topic for all collections." — School Library Journal
About the Contributors:
Gavin Grimm is a young adult trans activist. His journey began in 2015 when his high school in Gloucester, Virginia, banned him from the boys' bathroom because he is trans. Since then, Gavin has been working in the trans community to raise awareness and education for everyone.
Kyle Lukoff is the author of the Stonewall Award-winning When Aidan Became a Brother, the middle grade novel Too Bright to See, and many other books for young readers. A former school librarian, he lives and writes in Brooklyn.