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When Aidan Became a Brother

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4.75  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  16 reviews
When Aidan was born, everyone thought he was a girl. His parents gave him a pretty name, his room looked like a girl's room, and he wore clothes that other girls liked wearing. After he realized he was a trans boy, Aidan and his parents fixed the parts of life that didn't fit anymore, and he settled happily into his new life. Then Mom and Dad announce that they're going to ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Lee & Low Books
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Tasha
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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At birth, everyone thought Aidan was a girl. But as Aidan grew up, he didn’t like his name, the way his room was decorated, or wearing girl clothes. Aidan cut his hair off, realizing that he was a boy. He told his parents, and they learned from other families what having a transgender child is all about. Aidan picked his new name, they changed his bedroom into one that felt right, and he liked his new clothes. Then Aidan’s mother got pregnant. Aidan loved helping pick clothes for the baby, paint ...more
Darla
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE Aidan, with his excellent outfits and his plants, I love all the fun little details in the illustrations (gonna need that lady's watermelon romper, thanks), and most of all I love having these beautiful words to share with readers, whether they're getting ready to become a a big sibling, thinking about who they are, or just looking for a sweet and uplifting read!
Brierley
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss + in exchange for an honest review.
This is a beautiful book! Kyle Lukoff does an excellent job thoughtfully presenting Aidan's perspective. I found Kaylani Juanita's illustrations joyful and exuberant. My favorite part was when Aidan changed 50,000+ names for boys and girls to 50,000+ names for babies and babies. 😉 I hope to see more of Aidan in the future.

Jillian Heise
THIS is the book. A beautiful and empowering story of identity. What we've been needing in our schools. The one that is going to thoughtfully, lovingly, and honestly help our kids better understand transgender kids they hear about, encounter, or know. I urge you to order this picture book and share it with all kids in your life.
Andrew
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It isn't until a few years of Aidan's life that he and his family realize he is a boy, not a girl. When he transitions, he flourishes and thrives, feeling whole. Then he gets news-- he's going to be a big brother! It's very exciting, but Aidan is worried about everything being perfect for the baby. I think readers of any and every age should read this book-- it really puts into perspective how much we gender things, even babies before they're born. This is a very big thing that can wind up being ...more
Stephanie Bange
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book pulls no punches on what it is like to be young and transgender.

Born as a girl, Aidan knew something was not right. He felt like all the girly stuff -- his room, his name, his clothes were all wrong. He finally felt right when he cut off his braids and told his parents what he knew about himself. This adjustment took some time for his family. With the help of other families with transgender kids, they all learned a lot. Shortly after his transition, his mother looks to him to help
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Molly
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Tells the story of Aidan, a young trans boy who is about to become a brother. He wants to get everything right so the new baby feels welcome and they can be themself. This is a lovely story not only about the transgender experience but also the anxieties that can come with becoming an older sibling. It feels authentic because it is written by an actual transgender person. The illustrations are lovely too. Overall, a great picture book.
Miss Ryoko
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a lot of great things about this book other than that it's about a trans child - the family is of color, the parents are supportive, the child is so thoughtful about his new sibling and making sure his sibling feels comfortable with who they are and not wanting to assign a gender to the baby before the baby can decide for themself...just an overall positive, wonderful book
Kam
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We enjoyed this book. It used easy to understand language for children. We were able to relate parts of the book to the experiences of our children who are not transgender boys. I appreciated the emphasis on being a kid/person with various preferences. Fantastic illustrations.
David Peter
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Aidan and the drawings are astounding. What a magnificent book!
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Mrs. Krajewski
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my absolute favorite picture books of 2019! Can’t wait to share Aidan’s story!
Megan
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, lgbtq, arcs
Fantastic and I loved, loved the illustrations.

trans author.
Casey Jo
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An adorable picture book with a trans main character that we have been needing! Not that one is enough, but this book is adorable, with an engaging and thoughtful plotline, fabulous trans rep, and phenomenal art. This is why #ownoices matters.
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