Crown Books for Young Readers

Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope

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Written by Jodie Patterson and illustrated by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow

Jodie Patterson, activist and Chair of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Board, shares her transgender son's experience in this important picture book about identity and acceptance.

Penelope knows that he's a boy. (And a ninja.) The problem is getting everyone else to realize it.

In this exuberant companion to Jodie Patterson's adult memoir, The Bold World, Patterson shares her son Penelope's frustrations and triumphs on his journey to share himself with the world. Penelope's experiences show children that it always makes you stronger when you are true to yourself and who you really are.


Target Age: 4-8

Pages: 40

Published: 2021

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