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Call Me Max

(Max and Friends #1)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  30 reviews
When Max starts school, the teacher hesitates to call out the name on the attendance sheet. Something doesn't seem to fit. Max lets her know the name he wants to be called by--a boy's name. This begins Max's journey as he makes new friends and reveals his feelings about his identity to his parents. Written with warmth and sensitivity by trans writer Kyle Lukoff, this book ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 1st 2019 by Reycraft Books (first published October 15th 2019)
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Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book isn't my favorite book about gender identity and trans children. Perhaps because it is a school story, and not a family story. But, there are pages that sing and are complex and are thought-provoking. Those are the pages where Max interacts and explores gender with the other children in his class who are also gender fluid and/or expressing their genders in their own ways. They also don't fit what Max understands early on about gender, and thus, both Max and readers are enlightened. ...more
Mar 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Best. Trans. Picture book. Ever.
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent way to introduce the concepts around being transgender. Highly recommended for all schools and libraries. For grades K & up.
Judith Burke
Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Title: Call Me Max. 2019
Author: Kyle Lukoff
Illustrator: Luciano Lozano
Recommended Age: 7 - 9 years old
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Found: Schaumburg Library
Youtube: Call Me Max - Read Aloud

The story begins with a description of one boy, who has spiky brown hair, white skin, tans in the summer, a mother, a father, and a boy who is transgender. The author continues the story with a brief description of what it means to be transgender. Trans - means going across, compared to how transportation mea
Stephanie Bange
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first of a series of children's picture books for young readers about a transgender boy named Max.

On the first day of school, Max educates his teacher and classmates about his gender identity, then goes home to do the same for his parents. Max's voice is young, naive, and with a sweet innocence of youth. Never pushing an agenda, he merely informs adults and classmates how it feels to be a transgender boy. The inclusion of a boy who likes to wear girl's dresses and a girl who likes bugs and t
Karen Gedeon
Call Me Max by Kyle Lukoff, Illustrated by Luciano Lozano A wonderful picture book in which Max, a transgender kindergartner, narrates his feelings, friendships and first few days of school. Max delicately describes how he has always felt like a boy even though someone declared at his birth that he was a girl. He describes what the term transgender means and the struggles he has choosing the correct restroom. Finally he describes how he became friends with a girl who doesn’t care about gender an ...more
Sue Edwards
Apr 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Call Me Max is about a transgender boy who asks his teacher to call him Max. When friends, ask him why, he explains that he knows he is a boy because he wear’s boys clothes, climbs, trees and more. Various friends object to parts of his statement. A girl also likes to climb trees so it can’t be a boy thing. A boy likes to wear dresses so they can’t be girl things. Max considers what they have to say and then repeats that he knows he is a boy.

The beauty of this book is that although it is for tra
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Perfect intro to this topic for young kids!! So glad I could get a copy to donate to the kindergarten my mom works in; I'm sure they'll have interesting discussions around it ✨ and I honestly think it could change some kids' lives...

Also, I had literally never thought about how confusing it must be for kids to find they need to go to a certain bathroom when they're used to just going with their guardian, regardless of gender - another great thing to keep in mind to fight transphobic rhetoric abo
Reagan Kapasi
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kiddo
Thorough exploration of transgender boy starting school and the challenges that comes with that, first in what will be a series (Max and friends book 1). Features other children challenging Max's perception of boys and girls behaviours that I liked, girls can climb trees and like gross bugs and still be a girl & boys can wear dresses and still feel like a boy. Also features trans support groups for kids (and parents off the page) and a kind teacher who is willing to call Max by his chosen name. ...more
Jen Fier Jasinski
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love CALL ME MAX . This story explores Max’s journey as he starts school, makes new friends and learns about himself. My favorite spreads are those in which Max and his classmates explore gender expression and identity together− especially how some of Max’s own assumptions are challenged. The youthful voices in their honest conversations pair superbly with Lozano’s heartening illustration style. I highly recommend this book to anyone supporting young people become themselves and look forward t ...more
This book is essential to representing the transgender population to K-3rd graders. I love that it is straight-forward in it's presentation of everyday issues Max faces, like changing your name at school during roll call, and how he feels when he is dealing with which bathroom to choose. If your library doesn't have it, demand that it be purchased. I know this book has been politicized lately, but it's not a political book. It's a children's book that is going to either be a window or a mirror. ...more
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
After seeing this little picture book targeted by censors in Murray, Utah, I ordered a copy. What I discovered is a lovely story about a child who seeing one gender and whose lived experience is another. With tender dialogue and narration we observe human kindness and the r ample of parents who love their child unconditionally. Only the confused and intolerant could possibly object to such a beautiful story.
Jaclyn Hogan
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, an elementary school teacher in Austin, TX read this book to her class. And parents had, as my mother would say, "a shit fit." Because they were offended that their children would learn that trans people exist. I got nothing, except that this is an incredibly mild, super child friendly picture book. I also immediately checked it out from the library for my niblings.
This book has been in the news of late, with some challenges to the transgendered storyline. I wanted to see what the fuss was about. There is no fuss....a book about being yourself. Maybe a little heavy handed, but totally appropriate.
Gender identity is a hot topic in our school right now and this is a terrific book to add to the growing collection of resources useful in talking with children about gender.
Apr 23, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Readers meet Max just before he starts school. He asks his teacher to call him Max though it is obvious another name is listed on her attendance sheet. The book explores why he knows/feels he is a boy. This could serve as a connecting book for a transgender child and those who want to support and nurture them. The storyline is a bit uneven but will open discussion for families and offer affirmation to children.
Apr 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Little Max shares the story of how he has always felt different and why he would prefer to be called Max rather than the name he was given at work. This really is a moving and age-appropriate look at how it feels to be transgendered.

I love how this really just presents transgenderism as being how the individual feels on the inside and how they want to be treated on the outside in ways that validates that. The message is so simple, yet it makes the concept so easy to understand.
Roxana Rathbun
May 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My favorite part of this book is the way that it challenges gender norms. For example, being a girl doesn't mean you wear dresses and hate bugs. Being a boy doesn't mean you can't wear dressed and play dress up. Just because someone enjoys a certain thing doesn't mean that the thing defines their gender and this book hits that spot on. Also it is written by an author who is transgender so I trust that their knowledge on the topic is valid. ...more
Mar 20, 2021 added it
So apparently a teacher in Texas read this book to her class and the school called in COUNSELORS to help the children, since transgender people are “scary”. My mom picked it up for my sister and I just decided to read it and it was really sweet. Healthy message and cute drawings. TRANS LIVES MATTER🏳️‍⚧️
Kristen Wunder
Apr 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books, lgbtqia
Would be a real helpful book for any young child struggling with gender identity or for a kid with a trans or GNCF friend or loved one. Nice to see a kid's book about a boy that was assigned female at birth as I have seen more about girls. ...more
Susan Rose
May 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book for young LGBTQ, transitioning and trans readers who need to see themselves and need to be validated by a believable and authentic character. Author Kyle Lukoff provides a true service to these readers and their communities.
Rebecca Anne
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
Max is transgender and explores the difficulties as well as the positives of going to school for the first time.
Really grateful to see trans representation that isn't an "issue" book. This is just Max being Max. Here for it. ...more
Sydney Parrotti
Feb 15, 2021 rated it did not like it
Children should not be introduced to this subject.
Mar 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was cute, and it seems like it would be a good teaching tool for young kids.
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Compassionate book for discussion about gender confusion: the ups and downs, rejection and acceptance.
Ron Turner
Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love how it focuses on his experiences. Like using the bathroom. It's easy to have armchair debates until you see human beings up close and it becomes real. ...more
I feel this is a really well done picture book. I think they talked about lots of sensitive subjects in a very approachable way. Everyone who works with kids should read and know about this book.
Apr 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
A good recommendation for a transgender person, or someone who is trying to understand them.
This book is such a delight!

It starts off Educational, but quickly pivots to education-by-way-of-narrative in a way that I think works well.

It hits all the major points in a way that feels organic to our protagonist child's school experience and doesn't feel like just checking off boxes.

There's conflict, but just enough to move the story along, and honestly I appreciate stories about trans kids where everyone is basically supportive.  It's such good modeling for trans kids of how things can be,
Jan 26, 2020 added it
Shelves: 2020
Queer content: trans boy MC, own voices trans

I just really wish we’d been able to get this for committee to consider
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