What is Gender?

A review of Who are you? : the kid's guide to gender identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee

In recent years there have been several good books for children discussing gender identity, gender diversity, and gender stereotypes. These books are important for all children and adults too!  Who are you? is one of the newest entries in this category - and it is a good one.  It has bright illustrations featuring diverse children being active in many different ways.   Most of the text is simple and  gives a straightfroward introduction of how we experience gender: our bodies, our expression, and our identity.  One part talking about gender spectrum might introduce too many terms for young children, but other than that, this is a good book for children ages 4 and up.  The ending message,  "There are lots of ways to be a boy.  There are lots of ways to be a girl.  There are lots of ways to be a kid.   Be who you are!" is an important idea for all of us.

The book also has a helpful introduction and guide for grown-ups, excellent resource lists, and page by page discussion points.  This book will be a welcome addition for all of us who care for and about children.  It will help us open discussions and celebrate the wonder of each of us.