Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Summary: Ari is excited that Uncle Lior is coming for a visit. Uncle Lior uses they/them pronouns, and they always ask Ari, “What are your words?” Usually Ari knows right away; it may be “Happy! Creative! Funny! He/him” or “Thoughtful! Athletic! Silly! She/her.” Today, though, nothing quite seems to fit. Ari worries about it as the day progresses, with more introductions (including pronouns) around the neighborhood, finishing up with a barbecue and fireworks. As the first ones burst across the sky, Ari suddenly discovers the words for today: “Impatient! Excited! Colorful! They/them.” Uncle Lior tells them, “That’s definitely you, Ari.” 40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: This book will be a valuable resource to anyone working with transgender, nonbinary, or gender fluid kids and will help others to understand the importance of pronouns. The illustrations are cheerful and colorful; I especially liked the endpapers that showed a variety of people and pronouns.
Cons: The story was definitely secondary to the lessons being taught.