‘The Gender Fairy’, written by Jo Hirst, and illustrated by Libby Wirt, is now available for order online, and in selected bookstores such as the Royal Children’s Hospital bookshop in Melbourne.
The Gender Fairy is a simple story about two children feeling the relief of being heard: 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).
The www.genderfairy.com website has a lot of great information about the book – including this about why it may be of value to those families who have gender diverse kids:
For some families, the idea that a child may not identify as the gender they were assigned at birth can come as a big surprise. It is the beginning of a journey for the family and there is no ‘handbook’.Some children may feel they are not ‘allowed’ to express their feelings. Some children who are expressing their feelings can sometimes find it difficult to be heard. Other children may not have the words to express their feelings.Transgender children often wonder if they are ‘normal’ and if they are the only child in the world to ever experience this.The Gender Fairy reinforces to families and their child that they are normal and not alone. This book can be used as a tool to educate young relatives, friends and the wider peer group at school.