Book Review: I am Jazz

Authors: Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
Illustrator: Shelagh McNicholas
Interest Level: Ages 5 and Up

From the Book Jacket: 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 boy's clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who diagnosed Jazz as transgender and explained 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.  

Why It's On My Bookshelf: So happy to see Jazz's book published. I have seen her interviews with Barbara Walters and Oprah. She is so inspiring. I think a lot of kids who have gone through this probably wished they had a book like this growing up. The book does such a great job helping kids understand what it means to be transgender. She also shares the challenges she faced with teachers and kids. But she overcomes it because she stays true to her IDENTITY. Such a great resource. Thank you, Jazz, for helping kids!

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1 comment

  1. This is such an inspirational book. What a lovely message to send out to children - maybe it'll even change the minds of some who would normally make fun of a girl like Jazz.

    Steph -