by Maya Christina Gonzalez (Author), Sg, Matthew (Author)
They, She, He easy as ABC shows that including everyone is all part of the dance. It's easy. It's fundamental. As the dance begins the kids proclaim, "No one left out and everyone free," in a sing-song rhyme about inclusion. This sets the stage for readers to meet 26 kids showing us their dance moves.
"Ari loves to arabesque. They hold their pose with ease.
Brody is a break dancer. Brody loves to freeze."
Fast-paced rhyming keeps the flow of text upbeat and rhythmic, and naturally models how to use a wide range of pronouns. There's no room for stereotypes on THIS dance floor with spirited imagery that keeps names, clothes, hair and behavior fresh and diverse. The combination creates a playful and effortless practice to expand ideas about gender while learning the alphabet and makes being inclusive as easy as A-B-C.
This book continues the work started in They She He Me: Free to Be!, also by Maya & Matthew, and what School Library Journal called "a gorgeous and much-needed picture book about pronouns and gender fluidity." Both books provide a way to build on gender inclusive practices, and help interrupt the formalization of gender stereotypes and assumptions.
They, She, He easy as ABC
Maya Christina Gonzalez (born 1964) is an award-winning queer Chicana artist, illustrator, educator and publisher. She lives and works in San Francisco. Gonzalez is a co-founder of the publishing house, Reflection Press. She also co-created an online learning environment called School of the Free Mind. Gonzalez has a unique, "high queer femme" sense of personal style that includes piercings and multiple tattoos. Gonzalez's art and work are focused on helping others build a sense of self and connection to others and the environment, despite differences between individuals. Her illustrations and books have helped increase "acceptance of, and love for, children's books by and about Latinos." Her art is featured on the cover of a textbook, Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art: Artists, Works, Culture, and Education, Volume II. Gonzalez teaches and presents workshops around the United States.
Publisher: Reflection Press
Pub Date: March 31, 2019
Target Age Group: 03 to 07
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Alphabet
- Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)
- Topical | Lgbt