Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope
Jodie Patterson, activist and Chair of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Board, shares her transgender son's experience in this important picture book about identity and acceptance.
Penelope knows that he's a boy. (And a ninja.) The problem is getting everyone else to realize it.
In this exuberant companion to Jodie Patterson's adult memoir, The Bold World, Patterson shares her son Penelope's frustrations and triumphs on his journey to share himself with the world. Penelope's experiences show children that it always makes you stronger when you are true to yourself and who you really are.
Praise for Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope
"This representation of a Black family and transgender child shines with joy and affirmation... A triumphant declaration of love and identity." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"A heartening true story for children that offers guidance to caretakers." —Publisher's Weekly
“Readers will be rooting for Penelope from the first page to the last.” —The Horn Book