Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope
by Jodie Patterson, Illustrated by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow
Publication Date: Apr 20, 2021
List Price: $17.99
Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
Target Age Group: Picture Book
Imprint: Crown Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
Jodie Patterson, activist and Chair of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Board, shares her transgender son’s experience in this important picture book about identity and acceptance.
Penelope knows that he’s a boy. (And a ninja.) The problem is getting everyone else to realize it.
In this exuberant companion to Jodie Patterson’s adult memoir, The Bold World, Patterson shares her son Penelope’s frustrations and triumphs on his journey to share himself with the world. Penelope’s experiences show children that it always makes you stronger when you are true to yourself and who you really are.