Written by: Cheryl Kilodavis
Illustrated by: Suzanne DeSimone
For Ages: 4-8 years
Topics Covered: Gender Identity, Acceptance, Self-Expression, POC-Centric Narratives, Love, Family.
Summary: This book is written from the perspective of a mother, describing her Princess Boy and all of the things he loves. This Princess Boy loves his brother, climbing trees in a tiara, and dancing in a green leotard. The mother tells of a time when her Princess Boy wore a dress to his birthday party, and dressed up as a princess for Halloween. Once, he was laughed at by a woman because he was wearing a dress. His mother told him that some people don’t think boys should wear dresses, but he will not be laughed at by her. Kilodavis asks the reader if they see a Princess Boy, what will they do? Will the reader laugh and call him a name, or will they play with him and like him for who he is?
- Do you know any Princess Boys?
- How would you feel if someone laughed at what you were wearing?
- Do you like wearing princess outfits and fancy crowns? Any answer is OK! Everyone likes to wear different things.
- How could you stand up for someone that you see being made fun of?
Continuing the Conversation:
- Design a new piece of clothing that you like to wear best. What color would it be? What would it feel like?
- Think about how you can make your classroom a safe space for anyone to wear what they want.
- Have a discussion about what acceptance means, and how it can be shown to every personal expression choice.
About the Author & the Illustrator:
Cheryl Kilodavis is the award winning author of the break-through bestseller My Princess Boy and is an expert on acceptance, diversity and inclusion. Her controversial book, aimed at both kids and parents, explores acceptance and gender expression. An internationally renowned speaker and corporate change strategist, Cheryl has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the London Times, People Magazine and on the Today Show, Dr. Drew, Dr. Phil and many other media outlets. Cheryl speaks to corporations worldwide, as well as government groups, universities, and parenting organizations, providing thought-provoking perspectives and relevant tools for change. An avid women’s soccer player and non-fiction reader, Cheryl lives in Seattle with her former high school sweetheart turned husband, and her two young sons.