I'm Not a Girl
A Transgender Story
Written by Maddox Lyons and Jessica Verdi; illustrated by Dana Simpson
Roaring Brook Press
Based on a true transgender identity journey, the picture book I'm Not a Girl is an empowering story from writers Maddox Lyons and Jessica Verdi about a boy who is determined to be himself, illustrated by Dana Simpson.
Nobody seems to understand that Hannah is not a girl.
His parents ask why he won't wear the cute outfits they pick out. His friend thinks he must be a tomboy. His teacher insists he should be proud to be a girl.
But a birthday wish, a new word, and a stroke of courage might be just what Hannah needs to finally show the world who he really is.
A 2021 Rainbow Book List Recommended Reading Selection
Praise for I'm Not a Girl
"An important book that can serve as a conversation starter with gender-expansive children and as a tool for cis children to build empathy." —Booklist, starred review
"Lyons, a 12-year-old trans boy, shares his story in clear, relatable language, sensitively assisted by Verdi and capably supported by Simpson’s simple, emotive illustrations: throughout, the protagonist’s green eyes express frustration, anxiety, and, finally, happiness." —Publishers Weekly
“A lot of work went into this book and it shows.” —Betsy Bird, "2020 Books with a Message"