Sparkle Boy

Gender & Sexism
LGBTQ People & Homophobia/Heterosexism
sparkle boy
Author(s):
Leslea Newman
Illustrator(s):
Maria Mola
Age Group:
4-8
Publisher:
Lee & Low Books
ISBN:
978-1620142851
Year:
Gender & Sexism
LGBTQ People & Homophobia/Heterosexism

Casey loves to play with his blocks, puzzles, and dump truck and he also loves things that sparkle, shimmer and glitter. When his older sister, Jessie, shows off her new shimmery skirt, Casey wants to wear a shimmery skirt too. When Jessie comes home from a party with glittery nails, Casey wants glittery nails too. And when Abuelita visits wearing an armful of sparkly bracelets, Casey gets one to wear, just like Jessie. The adults in Casey's life embrace his interests, but Jessie isn't so sure. Boys aren't supposed to wear sparkly, shimmery, glittery things. Then, when older boys at the library tease Casey for wearing "girl" things, Jessie realizes that Casey has the right to be himself and wear whatever he wants.