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S RV. READS ex Vs. Gender – Sex and Gender aren’t the same thing. Body parts determine your sex, but gender is how you think of and present yourself. When a baby’s born, we know their sex, but gender is something they’ll define for themselves throughout their life. “Who are You? The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity” by Brook Pessin-Whedbee, illustrated by Naomi Bardoff – I can’t recommend this book enough. This book gives both children and adults the language and space to learn and talk about gender. It explains that grown-ups make a guess when a baby is born by looking at their body, but as kids grow up, they can tell us who they are, and this might change over time. Your preschooler or elementa- ry-aged kid will love the page with a room full of toys and the words, “What do you like?” “What Makes a Baby” and “Sex is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU” by Cory Silver- berg, ill. by Fiona Smyth – These sex-ed children’s books manage to be really fun and informative, while respect- ing the difference between sex and gender. Read “What Makes a Baby” to your preschooler and then move on to “Sex” in elementary school. “What Makes a Baby” removes gender completely from the equation (if you’re not sure how that would work, check it out!) “Sex” is a comic-book that pro- vides openings for family conversations about bodies, gender, and feelings. However, despite the title, the comic doesn’t get into the act of sex (that’s planned for their third book). “Red: A Crayon’s Story” by Michael Hall – Hidden in this adorable book about talking crayons is a poignant look at the harm done by assuming one’s gender. The main character is a blue crayon with a red label. The other crayons and art supplies, while mostly well-in- tentioned, try to make the crayon draw red, but of course none of it works. When another crayon finally asks the main character to draw something blue, we see the good it does when someone sees you and loves you for who you are inside. RAISEVEGAN.COM Raise Vegan 29