If you're a kid like Gavin

by Grimm, Gavin,

Format: Print Book 2022
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Summary

A celebratory and empowering story from young trans activist Gavin Grimm, two-time Stonewall Award-winning and Newbery Honor-winning author Kyle Lukoff, and illustrator J Yang follows the true story of how a young boy stood up for himself--and made history along the way. A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year!

When you're a kid like Gavin Grimm, you know yourself best. And Gavin knew that he was a boy--even if others saw him as a girl. But when his school took away his right to something as simple as using the boy's restroom, Gavin knew he had a big decision to make.

Because there are always more choices than the ones others give you.

Gavin chose to correct others when they got his pronouns wrong. He asked to be respected. He stood up for himself. Gavin proved that his school had violated his constitutional rights and had the Supreme Court uphold his case--bringing about a historic win for trans rights. There are many kids out there, some just like Gavin Grimm, and they might even be you.

What choices will you make?

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Based on Grimm's experiences as an out transgender boy, this picture book relates his battle to use the boys' bathroom at his high school. Initially, it isn't even an issue, but then a teacher begins to gossip and declares that Gavin should be forced to use the girls' room. This triggers a wave of bullying from students until a meeting is called over the situation. Gavin chooses to attend the meeting and speak out. Though his bravery isn't rewarded in this instance, Gavin continues to speak out on behalf of trans people, attending protests and working with the ACLU. While the book doesn't clearly resolve the high-school story line, it is nevertheless important for its fostering of empathy, representation, and spotlighting Gavin as a role model for any kid wanting to effect change. Yang's color-saturated illustrations feel like they've been plucked from a graphic novel, visually moving the narrative and capturing Gavin's emotional journey. Rainbow hues wash over a final spread of a rally, which makes for a hopeful, empowering conclusion."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Activist Grimm and author Lukoff's voices blend powerfully in this autobiographical picture book that's also a call for action, authenticity, and equity. In immediately engaging lines, the authors ask what choices kids get to make, establishing children's autonomy ("You can choose which way to ride your bike") and recognizing its limits ("You don't choose your skin color"). They next combine the concepts in a portrait of Grimm's childhood, centering his choice to discuss his innate gender identity: "I'm really a boy on the inside." Framing biographical beats as further decisions, the text traces how discriminatory practices at school led to Gavin's advocating for trans rights all the way to the Supreme Court. Crucially, readers can connect with the text both as people "like Gavin" and people who, "like Gavin," understand that everyone has the right to be themselves. Using the blues and pinks of the trans flag alongside jewel tones, Yang's digital illustrations emphasize Grimm's experience and legacy: "When you're a kid like Gavin Grimm, you know the only choice you have is to fight back." Ages 4--8. (July)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Grimm, Gavin -- Juvenile literature.
Grimm, Gavin.
Transgender people -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Juvenile literature.
Transgender people -- Legal status, laws, etc.
Biographies.
Publisher New York, NY :Katherine Tegen Books,2022
Edition First edition.
Other Titles If you are a kid like Gavin
Contributors Lukoff, Kyle, author.
Yang, J (Illustrator), illustrator.
Language English
Notes "The true story of a young trans activist"--Cover.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
ISBN 9780063057562
0063057565
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