With gratitude to
Susie (copy in Biloxi, MS)
Jessica Herthel (copy in Brookline, MA)
for this life-changing donation!
UPDATE: July 2015
Jazz featured on ABC News about her show on TLC!
Be the Change
This book has made a huge difference in my family’s life, and across the US and beyond. It was published in September 2014. Amazingly, as I was in the process of writing this blog, a friend sent me this video.
Here, I Am Jazz was performed by 5th graders in my friend’s community in December 2014. Talk about dramatic impact – within 3 months of publication!
Here Charles Girard, Welcoming Schools Project Coordinator, writes about the play performed at the Malcolm X Elementary School in Berkeley, CA:
Right before the play ends and the class dances with a little help from Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” Jazz’s character addresses the audience:
“I don’t mind being different. Different is special. I think what matters most is what a person is like inside. And, inside, I’m proud of who I am.”
These inspiring words go beyond Jazz’s gender identity – they show the real changes that today’s youth are seeing as they grow up in a culture that is increasingly embracing – and celebrating – diversity.
As Charles Girard notes, our youth are “increasingly embracing – and celebrating – diversity.” Indeed, they are teaching the rest of us – bravely, beautifully and courageously.
Thanks Jazz, the youth at Malcolm X Elementary School, and all of you who are celebrating diversity in ways both big and small.
Every little bit of celebration you can offer to an individual, your community, or to yourself helps. Just look at the impact a book with only 32 pages is making!
How Do You Celebrate Diversity?
Do you have a favorite book that celebrates diversity? Have you read I Am Jazz?
Share in the comments how this, or another book, has changed – or even saved – a life. I will be highlighting your celebratory quotes about books I feature in my book-a-day blog.
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