Jacob's Room to Choose
Jacob, the beloved character who made national headlines by wearing a dress to school, is back in an encouraging story about gender expression.
When Jacob goes to the boys’ bathroom he is chased out because the boys think he looks like a girl because of the way he is dressed.
His classmate, Sophie, has a similar experience when she tries to go to the girls’ bathroom.
When their teacher finds out what happened, Jacob and Sophie, with the support of administration, lead change at their school as everyone discovers the many forms of gender expression and how to treat each other with respect.
Sarah and Ian Hoffman live in the San Francisco Bay Area with their two children. Visit sarahandianhoffman.com for more about their books and parenting experiences.
Chris Case has been illustrating books and magazines since 2008. He lives in Vermont.
2020 ALA Rainbow Book List Selection
2020 NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People Selection
"The students set out to create new, inclusive bathroom signs: 'I have to pee, so let me be!' one reads. Ms. Reeves just might be the real star in the story, as she models how limiting traditional views of gender can be." -- Publishers Weekly
An empowering and uplifting tale for any teacher to read to their kids, Jacob’s Room to Choose is the perfect icebreaker for young students to have meaningful conversations about gender identity and community. —The Advocate
Their teacher's lesson shows that there are more than two ways to dress — not all boys wear short hair, and not all girls wear long hair or dresses. Even their own classroom represents a spectrum of expressions.
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