T-shirt Giveaway: Quirkie Kids

Screen Shot girl at 1.47.28 PMOne of the things readers write to me about the most is how to find clothes—in particular, clothes that allow their kids to express their own unique selves. And sometimes, a line of clothing comes along that lets kids do just that.

Quirkie Kids is a new line of pink t-shirts for kids with playful designs not usually associated with the color pink—slime, say, or Godzilla. Owner Martine Zoer says, “Quirky Kids is about more than just pink t-shirts. It’s about encouraging kids to embrace their uniqueness and giving them more options to express themselves through their clothing.” 

Martine has generously offered to give two of my readers a Quirkie Kids t-shirt—comment below for a chance to win.

Screen Shot kids:kickstarter at 1.48.20 PMMartine is hoping to raise $2500 in a 30-day Kickstarter campaign to launch Quirkie Kids as a small business. There are less than two weeks left to the campaign, and Quirky Kids is halfway to meeting its fundraising goal (to celebrate the halfway point, Martine launched a new design: Rhino. Rhino is available exclusively to Kickstarter backers, printed on American Apparel Fine Jersey fuchsia t-shirts.).  If you support Martine’s mission, support her campaign here.Screen Shot RHINOat 1.49.12 PM


 “Join us in showing the little ones in our lives that it is okay to think for themselves.”

-Martine Zoer

Jacob’s New Dress Hits Bookstores!

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Jacob’s New Dress will be showing up in bookstores this week; Amazon has been shipping it for two weeks. Our first interview about the book and our writing process is up at tipsylit, and our first review is up on Kristine Asselin’s blog. We’ve gotten great reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus, on Amazon, and from authors Diane Ehrensaft (Gender Born, Gender Made), Melissa Atkins Wardy (Redefining Girly), and Leslea Newman (The Boy Who Cried Fabulous, Heather Has Two Mommies, and so many other fantastic books). Leslea writes:

Three cheers for JACOB’S NEW DRESS! This is a wonderful story that shows us all that there are many different ways to be in the world. Like Marcus Ewert’s 10,000 Dresses, this book has the ability to save lives and change the world. Everyone should read it.

AND IN ULTRA-EXCITING NEWS, we just got word on Friday that the book is already going into its second printing! And it’s not even officially released until March 1!

We have been delighted with the response to the book so far. A huge thank you to all of you who have bought, read, and reviewed the book. We have been getting emails, messages, tweets, and posts from readers around the world who are sharing the impact that the book has had on their lives and their children’s lives. They’ve sent photos of their kids reading the book, and shared news of bringing the book into their children’s schools and libraries, and told stories of tears and recognition and comfort. These are utterly gratifying, as they are the reason we wrote this book.

Thank you for all of your support as Jacob gets launched into the world. 

No Name-Calling Week

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This morning Sam had his nose buried in Mad Magazine when I interrupted him to tell him it was No Name-Calling Week.

Thousands of schools across the country are celebrating the tenth anniversary of No-Name Calling Week, an annual event started by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and inspired by the young adult novel The Misfits by James Howe*. No-Name Calling Week promotes kindness and compassion to eliminate bullying of all kinds, and it’s got a really great curriculum and set of activities to start a dialog about kindness.

I told Sam that his school doesn’t celebrate the week—the school counselor told me, when I asked her to start it at our school, that they didn’t want to do it because expected every day to be no-name calling week, not just one week a year.

Sam said, “People don’t really call each other names at my school. Except the eighth graders. They’re crazy, and they throw balls at each other. But they don’t bother anyone else.”

I sat with that for a moment. Really? No name-calling? All those years of Sam being called derogatory feminine names and being hurt physically and emotionally, of stress and strife and fighting with the school to protect Sam from bullies? They’re really over?

I leaned over and asked, “Do you feel like the bullying experiences you had when you were younger are behind you?

He considered my question. “Yeah,” he said simply, and put his face back into the magazine.

To think: our work to educate the school paid off. Sam’s work as a self-advocate paid off. The school’s anti-bullying work paid off. I am not complacent; I know that life is not always going to be smooth for my gender-expanding boy, that our work is not over, that even if it were over for Sam we’d need to bring it to the wider world. But this is a moment to savor.

 * Have you read it? I’m admitting freely that most of what I read these days is young adult fiction, and handed to me by Sam. This is one I handed to Sam, to show him other nontraditional kids celebrating who they are instead of being taken down by bullies. Plus it’s funny. You should read it.


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