Meet Jack (Not Jackie)! New children's book from GLAAD and Bonnier Publishing USA spotlights trans youth

October 9, 2018

Today GLAAD and Bonnier Publishing USA announced the release of Jack (Not Jackie) the second book in a partnership aimed at elevating positive LGBTQ representation in children’s literature. The new book is currently available on Amazon and wherever books are sold. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will go to support GLAAD’s work to accelerate acceptance for LGBTQ people.

Jack (Not Jackie) by Erica Silverman and illustrated by Holly Hatam is a conversation starter about gender identity and gender expression, but more importantly it is a story about love between siblings and wholeheartedly accepting people for who they are. The story centers around a big sister, Susan, who learns to understand and appreciate that her younger sibling identifies as “Jack” rather than “Jackie.” The book also features a loving and supportive Mom, who listens to Jack and is patient with Susan.

"Today children of all ages are finding support and understanding from parents and caregivers when they express that their gender identity or gender expression doesn't match the sex recorded on their birth certificate," said Nick Adams, Director of Transgender Media and Representation at GLAAD. "The social transition portrayed in this book is simply and refreshingly a family listening to their child and following his lead as he tells them what name and pronoun he wants to use and how he wants to dress."

This book is a continuation of Bonnier Publishing USA’s publishing partnership with GLAAD which started earlier this year with Prince & Knight, by Daniel Haack and illustrated by Stevie Lewis. Prince & Knight is an “illuminating fairy tale for young readers” (School Library Journal) where a heroic prince and a brave knight defeat a dragon, save a kingdom and fall in love in the process.

You can purchase Jack (Not Jackie) online here or wherever books are sold.