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About Jo Hirst
Jo Hirst is passionate about writing books that challenge some of the stereotypes in our society. She strives to give all children the opportunity to see themselves represented in literature.
Australian advocate for gender diverse children and their families, Jo, a former primary school teacher wrote Australia’s first book for transgender children, The Gender Fairy.
Written originally for her own child, The Gender Fairy, is designed to help all children see themselves as equal and not alone. Jo also believes that all children should be free to be comfortable and safe to be themselves. Her second book, A House for Everyone, helps children understand gender identity and gender expression.
Growing up in a family that didn’t believe in gender stereotyping, opened her eyes up to a wider world of possibilities. Jo’s mother was a builder who liked working with her hands and her father was an English teacher with a talent for story telling.
She lives by the seaside in Melbourne, Australia, with her partner and two sons.
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At lunchtime, all of Tom's friends gather at school to work together building their house. Each one of them has a special job to do, and each one of them has a different way of expressing their gender identity.
Jackson is a boy who likes to wear dresses. Ivy is a girl who likes her hair cut really short. Alex doesn't feel like 'just' a boy, or 'just' a girl. They are all the same, they are all different - but they are all friends.
A very simple story that challenges gender stereotypes and shows 4 to 8 year olds that it is OK to be yourself. An engaging story that is more than just an educational tool; this book will assist parents and teachers in giving children the space to explore the full spectrum of gender diversity and will show children the many ways they can express their gender in a truly positive light.
The Gender Fairy is a simple story about two children who find relief in finally being heard. It is a tale of two children who are taking their first joyful steps toward living as their true selves. It is an educational resource for all children and adults to understand what it might feel like to be a transgender child.
For children aged four and up, The Gender Fairy is designed to be read aloud in the classroom or at home. It includes notes for parents and teachers to aid discussion and learning, completed in collaboration with Roz Ward (La Trobe University).