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They She He Me

They She He Me


Free to Be!

busting gender stereotypes and assumptions one pronoun at a time!

“a gorgeous and much-needed picture book about pronouns and gender fluidity.”
– School Library Journal, starred review

Available in Hardcover/$19.95 and Paperback/$13.95
8.5″x8.5″ – 40 pages

by Maya + Matthew
Intended Audience: Ages 3+
a Gender Wheel® book, Gender Wheel® Curriculum Level ONE
more book details below

“The authors have succeeded in creating a gorgeous and much-needed picture book about pronouns and gender fluidity. A beautiful and gentle exploration of identity and kindness.” School Library Journal, starred review

How do you daily confirm and celebrate gender fluidity when the he and she binary is so prevalent in EVERYTHING, everywhere, all the time!?

Pronouns serve as a familiar starting point for kids and grown-ups to expand ideas about gender and celebrate personal expression with fun imagery that provides a place to meet and play.

Award winning children’s book author and artist Maya Gonzalez is joined by her partner, Matthew, in their first children’s book together as queer parents.

Raising their youngest kid in a gender fluid, free space in the heart of San Francisco’s Castro district where visions of drag and gender non-conformity are known to freely flaunt, did not stop the insidious “she” “he” assumptions and stereotypes from infiltrating their kid’s world.

With virtually no reflection for different gender presentations in children’s books available, together they created a book to do just that. They She He Me, Free to Be shows many gender presentations under each pronoun and invites even more. A go-to place to help keep the conversations alive, break down assumptions of who is “she” or “he” and expand beyond the binary to include “they” and more.

The back offers a playful narrative about pronouns, inviting kids to know themselves inside and out, claim the pronouns that express the spirit of who they are and respect that in others. Also included is some discussion for grown-ups on how to hold a supportive space for kids (and for themselves).

Check out this short stop motion film animating some of the back material from They She He Me: Free to Be! using our Playing with Pronouns educational cards.

They She He Me also pairs perfect with, The Gender Wheel, a story about Bodies and Gender for every body and They, She, He easy as ABC. Together these books offer a firm foundation of radical gender inclusion for parents, educators and caregivers to share with their kids.

The Gender Wheel® books support The Gender Wheel Curriculum, a holistic, nature-based approach to understanding gender. Inclusive perspectives and practices at every level of the curriculum support a strong sense of self, while creating systemic change in the world at large.

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 8.5 × 8.5 × .25 in
Date of Publication

October 11 2017 (National Coming OUT Day)

No. of Pages

40 pages

Intended Audience

Ages 3+


JNF013000 – Juvenile Nonfiction : Concepts – General
JNF029000 – Juvenile Nonfiction : Language Arts – General
JNF053080 – Juvenile Nonfiction : LGBT




Hardcover, Paperback

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