February 29, 2020

When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 11:37 pm by suebe2

When Aidan Became a Brother
by Kyle Lukoff
illustrated by Kaylani Juanita
Lee and Low Books

Aidan is excited to know that he will be a big brother.  He helps paint the new bedroom to look like the sky.  He practices reading – because babies need someone to read to them.

But Aidan is also worried. What if he says or does something that makes the baby feel pigeon-holed? That who they are has been predetermined?  After all, Aidan knows what that is like.  When he was born, his parents thought that he was a girl.  Then people thought he was a tomboy.  Sometimes people still give him funny looks, looks that make him uncomfortable.  He doesn’t want this baby to have to work so hard to be themself.

I can’t say enough how much I loved this book.  When I was pregnant (long, long ago), it bothered me when people asked if I was having a boy or a girl.  And was he going to be a doctor.  Or a teacher.  Or . . . I always wanted to yell.  “How should I know?  I haven’t even met that baby!”

Author Kyle Lukoff, himself a transgender man, has written a story that is about so much more than being transgender.  It is about love and identiy.  It is about expectation and acceptance and love.  Do I sound a little fan girl?  Perhaps I am.

I thought the illustrations were ink and watercolor.  But Kaylani Juanita created them digitally.  I love the colors and the patterns that bring this story to life.

This book is a great choice for expanding families and to launch discussions about acceptance, patience and love.  It is easy to see why the American Library Association chose it as the Stonewall Book Award winner back in January.  Add it to your bookshelf today.

–SueBE

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