My Rainbow by Trinity and DeShanna Neal, illustrated by Art Twink


    My Rainbow by Trinity and DeShanna Neal, illustrated by Art Twink, Kokila: An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 9781984814609, 2020

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? This bold and inclusive entry into the picture book realm is not only heartwarming, it is necessary. For far too long, young children have been consumers of books that may not reflect their collective experiences. This mother-daughter author pair has written a story based on Trinity’s experience as she makes her way in the world as a Black transgender girl on the autism spectrum. Her family’s unconditional love is genuine and empathic as they find a creative and caring way to get Trinity the long hair she so desperately wants. Subtle but important context is provided throughout the story, enhancing its value and purpose. From details about sensory issues that the wig may create to a store clerk wearing a nametag with the pronouns “they/them”, the authors and illustrator were mindful in their collaboration. Adult readers are reminded of how important it is to listen authentically to children’s needs and wants, while young readers are encouraged to express their true selves to those whom they trust. The brightly colored illustrations were created digitally, yet they have a feeling of acrylic vibrancy and detail.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book? This book has vast appeal, in my opinion. Whether or not one identifies with the main character’s demographics. there is ample opportunity to find the story heartwarming and inspiring.

Who should buy this book? Elementary and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books or diversity collection

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA

Date of review: 2/20/2021

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