I Am Jazz

I Am Jazz

Book - 2014
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From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl's brain in a boy's body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn't feel like herself in boys' clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born this way. Jazz's story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers. '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 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 '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 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
Publisher: New York, New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2014]
ISBN: 9780803741072
Branch Call Number: j 306.768 JENNINGS
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 28 cm


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Presents the story of a transgender child who traces her early awareness that she is a girl in spite of male anatomy and the acceptance she finds through a wise doctor who explains her natural transgender status.

The story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings. Age Range: 4 to 8 years.

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Oct 31, 2018

This book is appropriate for any age, eloquent in its simplicity, and a wonderful introduction into the world of transgender people.

ArapahoeJennieB May 12, 2017

An honest and heartwarming picture book, told in a way that children can understand, about self discovery.

ArapahoeBetsy Oct 21, 2016

A sensitive and straightforward telling of the story of Jazz Jennings, a young boy who, with the support of his family and doctor, finds that he can live most happily and honestly as a girl. Excellent choice for a child facing a similar experience or those who want to better understand friends who are transgender.

May 29, 2016

A perfect book to help parents (or any one else) to explain what it means to be transgender. With the transgender bathroom controversy so much in the news recently, a lot of kids may have questions that their parents feel uncomfortable answering. This sensitive, well-written book written by a kid their own age will help many kids under this dilemma, and what they can do to help. A+!

zsmith35 Aug 17, 2015

I am so inspired by you. You are a great role model to young people. You are strong person to be dealing with so much. I watch your shows all the time on TLC. #_TEAMJAZZ

Mar 16, 2015

nice book about a young trans girl. good for example Transgender issues to young kids. or a good book to give young trans kids out there to show that there are others like them out there.

0Charlie Feb 19, 2015

A positve age-appropriate presentation of coming to embrace who you are.

LaughingOne Nov 20, 2014

I saw Jazz in a video and thought she was mature, confident, well-spoken, and admirable. Her book does an excellent job of telling children her story of recognizing and accepting herself and helping others (her parents first) to do the same. This book is easy to read, pretty easy to understand. I do see some people wanting to have the book banned from school libraries, but I truly think this book should be in them, and available to all children to help them/us understand the many different kinds of lives in the world.

Sep 29, 2014

A cute picture book explaining what it's like to be a transgendered child.


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