Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah and Ian Hoffman, Illustrated by Chris Case
Jacob likes to play dress-up. He also likes wearing dresses. Some of his friends accept it, but Christopher likes to bully Jacob and make fun of him. Jacob’s teacher, his mother, and his father are all supportive of him, telling him he should wear whatever he is comfortable in. When his dad sees him in a new dress he says “it’s not what I would wear, but you look great.”
Read this touching story to find out what challenges everyone faces when children don’t identify with traditional gender roles.
The back page talks about gender non-conformity and how we can support and affirm children to help them come into themselves. It’s hard to be different, but it shouldn’t have to be. Everyone should be as lucky as Jacob to have supportive, non-judgmental adults around to help them.
Guest review by Karen (Harrington)