I have reservations when it comes to books about marginalized groups told from the perspective of someone who is not-marginalized. Very few authors can pull this off without othering the character in question. So I was pleasantly surprised with how well Adria Karlsson did with her newest book (Amazon affiliate link) My Sister, Daisy.
Daisy’s brother was excited when he had a new little sibling, and as the two grow they become the best of friends. However, when Daisy is around 5, she lets her family know that she is really a girl. Her brother, still very young, thinks on this to see if anything changes. The family is very supportive of Daisy and work together to help each other remember to use correct pronouns. Her brother realizes that nothing really has changed in his life. Daisy is still the person she has always been, and they will still play just like they always have.
The book is a good introduction to the topic for young children but doesn’t delve deeply into the subject. Things like dysphoria are not mentioned, although grown ups can easily use the book as a way to begin conversations.
Available September 2021
Disclaimer: An advance copy was provided by Capstone.