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Call Me Max

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Warm story of a child sharing that he's transgender.

Child in blue overalls with small dog

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This phenomenal book uses warm, simple language and expressive illustrations to explain what it means to be transgender. Call Me Max is a lovely, age-appropriate book to help find the right words to describe what might be happening with a family member, a friend, or oneself. Max's descriptions for how he feels on the inside vs. how he looks on the outside offer families a chance to talk about all kinds of ways we might be different from what others expect. Author Kyle Lukoff's gentle words are especially reassuring for young children who see themselves and their feelings on the pages.

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