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While many teenagers have taken advantage of e-learning to improve their gaming skills, one group of young people have chosen to write a collection of books about their lives instead.
The GenderCool projecta storytelling campaign that has become a global movement led by 18 young people known as “Champions”, has partnered with A children’s book aboutthe company that creates children’s media that matters, to create a collection of books in hopes of bringing clarity and positivity to a national conversation that needs support.
There are three books in the collection:
- A children’s book about being transgender, by Gia Parr
- A children’s book about being non-binary, by Hunter Chinn-Raicht
- A children’s book about inclusion, by Ashton Mota and Rebekah Bruesehoff
Launching for pre-order today and shipping in June for Pride celebrations around the world, the collection aims to open up conversations about complex and important topics, a hallmark of A Kids Book About that elevated this new media company. books to a status that is capturing the nation’s attention and landing 10 of the A Kids Book About titles on the coveted Favorite Things 2020 list in the December issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.
At a time when the nation is experiencing an unprecedented level of harmful legislation targeting transgender and non-binary youth, this collection of books will help bring to communities around the world the true stories of Gia, Hunter, Ashton and Rebekah, written by these young people. who are prosperous.
“A Kids Book About is incredibly proud to partner with the GenderCool Project to help bring these topics to children around the world in a relevant and honest way,” said Jelani Memory, co-founder and CEO of A Kids Book About. “This is the first time that A Kids Book About has partnered with a non-profit organization to create a themed collection. We felt it was essential to educate and elevate the topics around the inclusivity, gender and identity for the next generation, using our unique publishing model and writing process to highlight the underrepresented voices of transgender and non-binary teens with real, lived experiences, conveyed through compelling stories that people connect with.
Gia Parr (she/she), 17, author of A Kids Book About Being Transgender, said, “It was a dream of mine to go back to elementary school and be able to read a book I wrote to help my school and its students. understand who transgender children are and show younger people coming out that their lives can be great!”
Hunter Chinn-Raicht (they/them), 15, author of A Kids Book About Being Non-binary added, “It’s great to be able to help adults and kids have conversations about reinventing who human beings really are. Not all people are binary, which is a fancy way of saying “one thing or the other”. For me, I am able to express myself outside of the pink and blue stereotype. I’m grey, white and all colors mixed into one!
Ashton Mota (he/him), 16, co-author of A Kids Book About Being Inclusive with fellow champion Rebekah Bruesehoff (he/she), 14, hopes people will understand how important it is to embrace and celebrating everyone’s differences. He said: “My life as an Afro-Latino kid growing up is totally different from Rebekah’s. When we wrote this book, we learned so many new things about each other. It brought us closer as friends.
Rebekah added: “I always wanted to be an author. For me, stories are bridges to empathy, courage and hope. Learning more about Ashton’s life helped me understand that what sets us apart is what brings us together.
GenderCool co-founders Jen Grosshandler and Gearah Goldstein believe this collection of books is an organic evolution of the work the organization has been doing since its launch in 2018. “We waited for the right opportunity to partner with a publisher who believed in the power of young people. to drive change in the world and open important conversations by sharing their stories, Grosshandler said. “We couldn’t be prouder to partner with A Kids Book About. They are the future of what children’s content should be.
Goldstein added, “These beautiful books will help people replace their opinions with real, positive experiences as they learn about our champions who are thriving across the country with the love and support of family, friends and community. “
Available now for pre-order, the books can be purchased at akidsbookabout.com, Apple Books and Kindle Original Publishing. Books are $19.95 each or a bundle price of $49.95 for the three-book collection, plus shipping