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Jack (not Jackie)
2018
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Summary
In this heartwarming picture book, a big sister realizes that her little sister, Jackie, doesn't like dresses or fairies-she likes ties and bugs! Will she and her family be able to accept that Jackie identifies more as "Jack"?

Susan thinks her little sister Jackie has the best giggle! She can't wait for Jackie to get older so they can do all sorts of things like play forest fairies and be explorers together. But as Jackie grows, she doesn't want to play those games. She wants to play with mud and be a super bug! Jackie also doesn't like dresses or her long hair, and she would rather be called Jack.

Readers will love this sweet story about change and acceptance. This book is published in partnership with GLAAD to accelerate LGBTQ inclusivity and acceptance.
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School Library Journal Review
K-Gr 3-Susan thinks that her new little sister, Jackie, has the best giggle and such big, beautiful eyes! She can't wait until Jackie grows up and they can wear frilly dresses and play princesses together. As Jackie gets older, Susan notices that Jackie hates all things "girly" and wants to play in mud, wear boy clothes, and be called "Jack." As Susan struggles to accept these traits in her sister, she is afraid and upset-natural reactions to what she doesn't understand. Susan's mom reminds her that Jackie-now Jack's-preferences are not wrong but "different," and whether Jack is a sister or brother, boy or girl, Susan sees that Jack still has the best giggle and big, beautiful eyes. Told in clear prose with no hint of sentimentality, this timely picture book addresses gender identity in a way that allows children to understand the differences on the outside while remembering what is on the inside is what counts. Vividly illustrated pages with astute details will capture the audience's attention and invite closer appreciation of their wordless support of the narration. The author includes a note in the back as well as an appendix of further resources, including books, articles, online resources, and picture books on the subject of children's gender identity. VERDICT A can't-miss addition to any collection that is looking to offer more inclusive resources.-Amanda C. Buschmann, Carroll -Elementary School, Houston © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
*Starred Review* Susan is thrilled when her baby sister, Jackie, is born, imagining all the fun they will have when Jackie gets bigger. But as Jackie grows, she begins to be, well, different. When the family goes shopping, she runs to the boy's department despite Susan shouting, No, not there, Jackie! But Jackie insists on picking out boy's clothes. Susan is upset, to put it mildly, but Mama wisely says, We wear what feels right. But it's wrong, Susan cries. Not wrong, Mama says gently, Just different. One day at the park, Jackie plays with a little boy who, to Susan's dismay, calls Jackie Jack. Worse, when Mama cuts the girls' hair, a gender-nonconforming Jackie insists hers be cut short like a boy's. Soon she insists she is now Susan's brother. Gradually, and at first reluctantly, Susan begins to accept Jackie's new persona. Jack is fortunate to have an understanding mother (unfortunately, the father's reaction isn't shown) and a sister who loves him. This is one of the only male transgender stories for younger children and important accordingly. Silverman handles her sensitive material extremely well, with a light, nondidactic touch. The spirit of the story is nicely augmented by Hatam's sprightly cartoon illustrations. A helpful appended author's note offers context for the story, which belongs in every library.--Michael Cart Copyright 2018 Booklist
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