"My Dad thinks I'm a boy named Stephen who likes wrestling and fishing. But that's what my Dad likes."
Stephie is 7 years old. She likes bugs, books and spaghetti. Also, she's a girl... which should be pretty easy to understand, right? Well, not for her Dad! He's been mistaking her for a boy since she was born and struggles to see her for who she is.
This powerful and uplifting book for children aged 6 - 9 and their families humorously portrays a situation that is often too common, where a trans child is forced to negotiate between their true self and their parents' love.
With amusing illustrations, and a useful guide for adults, it's the perfect book to help show children that no one else than ourselves gets to decide who we are.
It flips the script: portraying the trans child as the one who is 'normal' rather than fixating on their being different - the Dad character is the one projecting his narrow, binary ideas of how children should behave
Author profile: their popular Assigned Male online comic is well-regarded in the trans community and the self-published version of this comic has already sold 3500 copies and been translated into 6 languages
Resources: includes practical resources and guidance for adults
Sophie Labelle is an internationally recognized trans cartoonist and public speaker, based in Montreal, Canada. Sophie has a huge following due to her popular webcomic Assigned Male and has been invited to give talks and lectures in more than 15 countries and 150 universities.
Sophie Labelle's My Dad Thinks I'm A Boy is a hilarious, tender, zany, and thoughtful story about growing up with a parent who doesn't always understand you. Readers will laugh, cry, and learn along with Stephie as she tries to help her dad see her for who she truly is. - Kai Cheng Thom, award-winning author of From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea
A powerful, authentic and engaging story that shifts our understanding of trans kids to a new and a more real level. This book is a breath of fresh air, that allows the reader to get to know trans people from their own perspective. Often our stories are told from people from the outside looking in, but Sophie cleverly manages to shift that focus to the trans person and their experiences, which gives the story more authenticity, realness and power. - Owl (Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir Jónsdóttir), writer, film maker and campaigner.
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