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Parents' Guide to

I Am Jazz

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Sweet, straightforward story of young transgender girl.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 2+

Based on 1 parent review

age 2+

amazing story about the challenges of being different, and accepting who you are

amazing book! good for not just your children!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (4 ):

I AM JAZZ straightforwardly explains to very young children a topic that can confuse even adults. It isn't particularly dramatic -- to the contrary, and this is partly the point, Jazz is depicted as a rather ordinary (if unusually confident) young girl. It's that ordinariness that helps make this book special. Jazz's story will resonate both with families discussing gender identity and with children who feel different from their peers in other ways. Jazz's assertive positivity is a terrific model for children learning to be confident. Warm watercolor illustrations add to the cheerful tone, and photographs at the back show Jazz dressed as a young boy, as a girl, and as a mermaid.

This is an excellent choice to jump-start a conversation about gender, identify, compassion, and honesty. One small quibble: With lavish pink and purple hues and an emphasis on how girly Jazz is, the story may alienate some boys and parents who don't want to reinforce gender stereotypes.

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