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Supporting Trans Family With Rachel’s Christmas Boat

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Rachel's Christmas Boat

Rachel’s Christmas Boat

Rachel’s Christmas Boat

Picture book, Recommended for ages 3-5

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When Lulu’s Dad tells her that she’s going to change her name to Rachel, does Lulu:

A. Freak out and make it about all about Lulu?

B. Kick her dad out of the house and disown her despite the fact that Rachel is still the same exact loving parent she was before her transition?

or…

C. Accept Rachel with love and acceptance, because her dad is her dad is her dad – and Lulu loves her for who she is, not what gender she presents as?

Rachel’s transition isn’t about Lulu

[Answer: It’s C.]

Unlike most children’s stories about gender transition, Rachel’s transition is just a life event – similar to the ones many loving families across the world go through.

What I love most about this book is that Rachel’s transition isn’t the main focus of the story – the FOCUS of the story is how Lulu can support her dad (Rachel still keeps the title of ‘dad’) after realizing Rachel’s Christmas presents are covered with Rachel’s dead name.

Lulu’s effort shows kids that they can support and affirm family members and friends going through gender transition, reminding them that they are welcome and loved.

That’s kind of perfect for a warm and loving holiday book.

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Is this book #OwnVoices?

Author & Illustrator: Sophie Labelle (she/her)
Yup! Labelle is an Autistic trans woman, and prolific author & graphic artist specializing in destigmatizing, validating, and normalizing the transgender identity experience for trans & neurodivergent youth.


Transparency & Cahoots

Flamingo Rampant gave me temporary access to a digital review copy so I could tell you about it.


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