A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Defines "transgender" and gives context for how it feels to be a transgender child.
Be authentically you, and be clear about how others should treat you.
Positive Role Models
Max's parents, teacher, and friends are kind and supportive.
Focus is on transgender child with friends of many races.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kyle Lukoff's picture book Call Me Max is a simple and lovely way for young readers and their families to understand how it feels to be a transgender child. It offers clear language to describe what the child is thinking and feeling. Max's parents and teachers model kindness in action as they first listen, take him seriously, and meet to help his transition at school happen smoothly.
Is It Any Good?
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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