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Excerpt - Sparkle Boy

Jessie adored all things shimmery, glittery, and sparkly. "Look at my shimmery skirt," Jessie said to her little brother Casey as she twirled into the living room and her skirt twirled out all around her.

Casey looked up from his alphabet blocks. "Ooh, shimmery, shimmery," he said reaching out his hand. "I want shimmery."

Jessie stopped twirling and her skirt stopped twirling, too. "You can't have a shimmery skirt, Casey," she said.

"Why?" Casey asked.

"Because boys don't wear shimmery skirts," said Jessie. "Right, Mama?"

Mama thought for a minute.....


Reviews - Sparkle Boy

"Sparkle Boy is the perfect book for families who are trying to ease in to gender-neutral parenting, or for teachers with students who have trouble accepting displays of gender non-conformance." Suzanne DeWitt Hall, Huffington Post

"A cheerful addition for libraries that need more titles like Cheryl Kilodavis's My Princess Boy and Sarah Hoffman's Jacob's New Dress." —School Library Journal

"Another nuanced knockout from Lesléa Newman, Sparkle Boy shines, shimmers, and speaks to the world we live in now." Tim Federle, author of Better Nate Than Ever

"With beautiful illustrations by Maria Mola, Newman wonderfully captures the innocence of youth and envisions a world where we can all be ourselves." Amos Lassen

"Sparkle Boy captures the sparkle of siblinghood and the joy of glitter. I love Casey and his family. They are filled with love and heart. Once again, Lesléa Newman reminds us that we all have the right to shine!" Alex Gino, author of George

"21st century kids face an unprecedented future. Sparkle Boy sparkles with traits they'll need, like creativity, freedom, and integrity....not to mention great outfits." Marcus Ewert, author of 10,000 Dresses

"There are so many reasons to love Sparkle Boy, and the titular Sparkle Boy's big sister Jessie is one of them. Jessie shows us that tolerance and understanding can sometimes be a learning process for some, and that we all learn at different paces, through different experiences, and for various reasons - love being one of them." Christine Baldacchino, author of Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

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