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I am Jazz! / by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings ; pictures by Shelagh McNicholas.

By: Herthel, Jessica [author.].
Contributor(s): Jennings, Jazz [author.] | McNicholas, Shelagh [illustrator.].
Material type: TextTextDescription: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 28 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780803741072; 0803741073.Subject(s): Transgender people -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Transgender people -- Identity -- Juvenile literature | Gender nonconformity -- Juvenile literatureGenre/Form: Picture books for children.DDC classification: 306.76 | B Awards: ALA GLBTRT Rainbow Project Book List: Picture Books (2015).Summary: From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl's brain in a boy's body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn't feel like herself in boys' clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way.
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CML Dewey University of Texas At Tyler
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306.76 H573IA (Browse shelf) Available 0000002309979

Includes bibliographical references and index.

From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl's brain in a boy's body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn't feel like herself in boys' clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way.

ALA GLBTRT Rainbow Project Book List: Picture Books (2015).

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-This enlightening autobiographical picture book tells the story of a transgender child who knew from the time she was two that despite her physical body she wasn't really a boy. Young Jazz was passionate about her love of mermaids, dancing, dress-up, and pop stars, as well as her conviction that her gender identity was female. Readers are taken through her journey with upbeat, pink-hued watercolor illustrations that are a good complement to the cheerful tone and positive message of the story ("I don't mind being different. Different is special! I think what matters most is what a person is like inside."). Joining the ranks of new books targeted at young children that examine gender roles, such as Ian and Sarah Hoffman's Jacob's New Dress (Albert Whitman, 2014), this title highlights a topic that has not been well represented in children's literature in an uplifting and empowering way. Jazz's explanation of what transgender means ("I have a girl brain but a boy body") is somewhat simplified. However, for those looking to introduce the concept to young readers or those seeking books that value differences, this illustrated memoir is a solid choice.-Megan Egbert, Meridian Library District, ID (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Jazz Jennings is fourteen years old. She is an advocate, who speaks at schools and conferences across the country about being transgender. Her books include I Am Jazz and Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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