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When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff

When Aidan Became a Brother

by Kyle Lukoff

Other authors: Kaylani Juanita (Illustrator)

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"Aidan, a transgender boy, experiences complicated emotions as he and his parents prepare for the arrival of a new baby"--



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Aidan was born female and with the help of his accepting family now lives a life that is more comfortable for him. His mother is having a baby and he struggles to prepare to become the best big brother he can be. He just wants the baby to be happy in the environment that he or she will grow up in. What I liked about the writing in this story is that Aidan's feelings were addressed. Many children are faced with the issue of being someone they are not. Another thing the author included was that the family had a hard time at first, but with adjustments and reaching out to other families in their situation, the ending result was they loved each other and that is what mattered most. I thought it was awesome that Alex Gino and Jacqueline Woodson reviewed this book! ( )
  dbourgeois | Sep 28, 2019 |
A young transgender boy confronts the idea of becoming an older brother in this sweet picture-book from author Kyle Lukoff and illustrator Kaylani Juanita. Born as a girl, Aidan never felt comfortable with that gender identification, eventually sharing his deep frustration with his supportive parents. Now happily living as a boy, he isn't sure how to react when his mother announces she is expecting another child. He wants to be a loving sibling, and to ensure that the baby is happy. But what should he do to make that a reality...?

Lukoff captures what feels like an authentic perspective with Aidan's story - the brief note at the rear of the book indicates that he too was a trans boy - subtly highlighting through this story of a loving family that transgender children experience everything that other kids do, including the worries that sometimes come with the arrival of a new baby sibling. The artwork from Juanita is colorful and cute, depicting a close-knit family of color. I appreciated the nuance shown by the author in the scenes in which the narrator explains that there are all kinds of girls, who like all kinds of things, as this distinguishes children who simply don't conform to common gender stereotypes from transgender children. On the other hand, I'm not sure how I felt about the illustration in which "boy" and "girl" are crossed off the baby name book, or the idea that Aidan's younger sibling should be raised gender neutral, as I don't believe there is anything inherently wrong with raising children as boys and/or girls. Leaving that issue aside (and it is not a minor one, given the story-line), this is still a sweet new book, one I would recommend to anyone looking for children's stories depicting transgender children. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jun 29, 2019 |
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When Aidan was born, everyone thought he was a girl. His parents gave him a pretty name, his room looked like a girl's room, and he wore clothes that other girls liked wearing. After he realized he was a trans boy, Aidan and his parents fixed the parts of life that didn't fit anymore, and he settled happily into his new life. Then Mom and Dad announce that they're going to have another baby, and Aidan wants to do everything he can to make things right for his new sibling from the beginning--from choosing the perfect name to creating a beautiful room to picking out the cutest onesie. But what does "making things right" actually mean? And what happens if he messes up? With a little help, Aidan comes to understand that mistakes can be fixed with honesty and communication, and that he already knows the most important thing about being a big brother: how to love with his whole self.
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