When Aidan Became A Brother

When Aidan Became A Brother

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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.
Publisher: New York : Lee & Low Books, Incorporated, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781620148372
Call Number: jPS LUKO
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Juanita, Kaylani - Illustrator


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This sweet and groundbreaking #ownvoices picture book celebrates the changes in a transgender boy's life, from his initial coming-out to becoming a big brother. Suggested Age Range: 4-7.

Charming illustrations of transgender Aidan and his family make this book perfect for sharing with the big & little siblings in your family.

A supportive family story about Aiden and his parents preparing for a new baby in the household, and their version of an inclusive, non-gendered baby shower.

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LPL_VanessaR Nov 27, 2019

When Aidan Became a Brother is a light in this world!! A beautiful ode to all the young human beings who've had to work harder to make the world see who they truly are. If you want a picture book that teaches your child to be brave in their truth and has dazzling illustrations, this is it!

KyCCL Sep 15, 2019

This book is a delight. Aidan's parents made some mistakes when he was born - they thought he was a girl! Oops! - but Aidan's helped them to make those mistakes right... and now he's going to be a big brother. He can't wait ... and he's going to try his best to make sure his new baby feels comfortable however they grow up.
Written by a trans author, this book tells a story about trans kids in a positive, affirming, and informative way. If you work with, live with, or respect kids in any way whatsoever, this is a book for you to share with them right now.

IndyPL_ShannonO Aug 28, 2019

Another great picture book to add to your Pride display. The story is about a little trans boy named Aidan and how he excitedly awaits the arrival of his younger sibling. He hopes to be a great big brother and helps his parents prepare for the new arrival by decorating the baby's room. The book has a lovely art style and is keen to point out the many different ways to express gender and the importance of not assuming one's gender.

DPLjosie Aug 19, 2019

Sweet, and thoughtful.

DBRL_JessicaS Jul 16, 2019

"When Aidan Became a Brother" felt very complete to me. It talked about the journey to transition for young Aidan, it talked about Aidan's worries for his new younger sibling, the plot felt developed and supportive, and the art was on point. A very good story for families that may be experiencing a similar situation or want to reinforce non-conforming gender standards in their home.

Jul 05, 2019

Let’s also celebrate a local student, gaining this type of status, and being able to see his own book, in his old library system!

PimaLib_JonM Jun 27, 2019

Aidan, who wasn't always called Aidan, asserts and discovers himself in this gentle tale of a family preparing for a new child. Transgender issues are covered in a low-key way that shows family and community acceptance as well as some social interaction that isn't entirely positive. But the family is supportive, learning from each other, and is ultimately ready to accept the new child without bothering to have a gender reveal so much as just a simple welcome home.

The illustrations are bright and show a range of actions and emotions as Aidan is depicted as rebellious, as an amateur barber, as a Pig Pen cosplayer, a super happy kid, a member of a fun community, a shy and withdrawn kid around a nosy hardware store clerk, and as an essential part of a growing family. And the narrative covers the territory with positive charm as well as some of the realities of going your own way.

A great story for anyone, even nosy hardware store clerks. Perhaps especially nosy hardware store clerks.


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