I Am Jazz
Written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
Illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
Jazz describes herself as having a girl’s brain in a boy’s body. Her favourite colour is pink, she loves dressing like a mermaid, and is not interested in typical boy activities. Her parents soon discovered that Jazz was born transgender. This is not easy to navigate growing up, but this is who Jazz is. This book is her story.
This is an important book for all elementary schools and families. As co-author, Jazz tells her story clearly and honestly, in hopes that other children and families with questions about gender identity can learn and find peace in the discovery. This book offers readers a tool to talk more openly about what it means to be transgender.
Note: This review written by Jeanette Romkema first appeared in the April, 2016 issue of the Christian Educators Journal (www.cejonline.com). It is republished here with permission of the CEJ.