Book for Toddlers Teaches ‘Lots of Different Genders’ – ‘Grown-Ups Aren’t Sure’
Parents should be aware of another book making its rounds in school libraries. This one is called ‘Being You: A First Conversation About Gender,’ and it is being recommended to children ages 2 to 5. It teaches toddlers that there are “lots of different genders” and that they may “grow into” other genders as they grow up.
Images of the picture book were posted to X on Tuesday by the account ‘LibsOfTikTok.’ The post has received more than 1.3 million views.
“This is a book called ‘Being You’ and the suggested age range is 2-5 years old… When they say ‘we’re coming for your kids’, they mean it.”
One of the pages of the picture book reads,
“When a baby is born, grown-ups might say ‘it’s a girl’ if their body has a vagina, or ‘it’s a boy’ if their body has a penis. Sometimes grown-ups aren’t sure, but they choose the words ‘girl’ or ‘boy’ anyway,”
As the book continues, it poses the question to its young readers,
“What did your grown-ups call you when you were born?”
The book also instructs toddlers on the concept of the ‘gender spectrum,’ saying there are “lots of different genders.” The book adds that “some people” are neither girls nor boys, while others are “both.”
“Some babies grow into a different gender than the one that grown-ups call them. There are lots of different genders that people grow into…
Some people are girls. Some people are boys. Some people are neither. Some people are both.”
Another image in the book encourages young kids to question their gender identity, saying there is “no right or wrong answer.”
“It’s okay to wonder: Am I a girl? Am I a boy? Am I both? Am I neither? Maybe you already know! There’s no right or wrong answer. And it’s okay if your answer changes. What do you wonder about yourself? What do you know?”
The book’s listing on Amazon claims that it is “based on research” and recommends it for ages 2 to 5.
“Based on the research that race, gender, consent, and body positivity should be discussed with toddlers on up, this read-aloud board book series offers adults the opportunity to begin important conversations with young children in an informed, safe, and supported way.”
“Prison for the author, the publisher, anyone who gave that book to kids, and anyone who facilitated in any way,” wrote one reply to the LibsOfTikTok post.
“Everyone knows the best thing to foster a child’s confidence as he interacts with the world around him is to confuse him and remove all objectivity,” said another commenter. “That’s just science.”
“So damaging. Whatever happened to the Kissing hand or the very hungry caterpillar?” ~ Nicole de Graff [@MamaNikki2007]
“This book exploits children’s high imagination and creativity to indoctrinate them. If you are a parent, make sure you read these “kids books” before you buy them.” ~ Heejune Park [@HeeJnPark]
“Very sad state for a community when parents cannot trust teachers with their kids” ~ Colom [@m_colom_]
According to ‘The Lion’–a publication of the Herzog Institute–the book has been found in at least one middle school library in New York.
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