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When Aidan Became a Brother by [Kyle Lukoff, Kaylani Juanita]

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This sweet #ownvoices picture book celebrates the changes in a transgender boy's life, from his initial coming-out to becoming a big brother.

When Aidan was born, everyone thought he was a girl. His parents gave him a pretty name, his room looked like a girl's room, and he wore clothes that other girls liked wearing. After he realized he was a trans boy, Aidan and his parents fixed the parts of his life that didn't fit anymore, and he settled happily into his new life.

Then Mom and Dad announce that they're going to have another baby, and Aidan wants to do everything he can to make things right for his new sibling from the beginning----from choosing the perfect name to creating a beautiful room to picking out the cutest onesie. But what does "making things right" actually mean? And what happens if he messes up? With a little help, Aidan comes to understand that mistakes can be fixed with honesty and communication, and that he already knows the most important thing about being a big brother: how to love with his whole self.

When Aidan Became a Brother is a heartwarming book that will resonate with transgender children, reassure any child concerned about becoming an older sibling, and celebrate the many transitions a family can experience.

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.


* "Joyful and affirming, Aidan's story is the first of its kind among books for welcoming a new baby." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Lukoff (himself a transgender man) nails the nuances of Aidan's conflict, providing believable reassurance through Aidan's mom, who offers support specific to her son's experience and proves universally calming advice. . . A much-needed and appealing addition to the picture book canon; both emotionally and visually satisfying." -- School Library Journal, starred review

* "Lukoff writes with sensitivity and candor as Aidan takes his first steps toward claiming his identity. . . The creators' exploration of one transgender child's experience emphasizes the importance of learning 'how to love someone for exactly who they are.'" -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "A trans man himself, Lukoff writes with authority and a loving spirit. Juanita's cheerful digital illustrations are a nicely harmonious match with the text, expanding it in meaningful ways. Together, the text and pictures create a heartfelt celebration of love that will be an ideal selection for trans children and for any who are expecting a new sibling." -- Booklist, starred review

"A thoughtful, delightfully illustrated book about being seen, heard, and loved." -- Jacqueline Woodson, author of The Day You Begin and Harbor Me

"This is the best of what picture books can be, melding powerful storytelling with an awareness of what quality representation can do for readers." -- Alex Gino, author of George and You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P!

Stonewall Book Award Winner, American Library Association (ALA)
Rainbow List, GLBTQ Round Table, American Library Association (ALA)
Lasting Connection Title, Book Links
Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College of Education
White Raven Selection, International Youth Library
Best Books of the Year, School Library Journal
Notable Children's Book, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
Editor's Choice, Booklist

Great Books Award winner, Grades 2-3, Michigan Reading Association Great Lakes

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BCGZXQ1Y
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Lee & Low Books (Aug. 29 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 18452 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 34 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1620148374
  • Customer Reviews:
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Kyle Lukoff is the author of the Stonewall-award winning picture book "When Aidan Became A Brother," by Kaylani Juanita. His debut was "A Storytelling of Ravens," illustrated by Natalie Nelson, which came out in 2018.

Kyle was born outside of Chicago, Illinois in 1984, and moved to Lynnwood, Washington in 1989. He moved to New York City in 2002 to attend Barnard College, and became the librarian at the Corlears School in 2012. After eight years of school librarianship he transitioned to writing full-time.

Kyle served two terms on the Stonewall Book Awards committee, and was a 2020 Kirkus Prize judge. He transitioned in 2007, and much of his professional work revolves around transgender representation in books for youth.

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