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Black Lives Matter Book of the Week

Posted on: June 25, 2021

When Aidan Became a Brother

When Aidan Became a Brother

by Kyle Lukoff; illustrated by Kaylani Juanita

This 2020 Stonewall Award Winner is about so much more than Aidan's journey of identity. "When Aidan was born, everyone thought he was a girl....But Aidan didn't feel like any kind of girl. He was really another kind of boy." The plot blossoms when Aidan's parents tell him that they will be welcoming a new baby into their family. Reflecting on his own journey, Aidan wants everything to be perfect for the new baby's arrival, from how the room is decorated to finding a name "that could fit this new person no matter who they grew up to be." With loving reassurance from his family, Aidan realizes that the most important part of being a big sibling "is to love someone for exactly who they are." The illustrations help to set the vibrant and playful tone of this ground-breaking story. Aidan's soft brown skin and freckles are shared with his parents, while his colorful sense of style is uniquely his own.

See the Jones Library Antiracism Book List for recommended titles for all ages.

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