Call Me Tree/Llámame Árbol
Written and illustrated by Maya Gonzalez
What does it mean to be like a tree?
For one young child, it all begins
as a tiny seed
that is free to grow
and reach out to others
while standing strong and tall—
just like a tree in the natural world.
With this gentle and imaginative story about becoming your fullest self, Maya Gonzalez empowers young readers to dream and reach . . . and to be as free and unique as trees.
Click here to read why Maya Gonzalez decided to make Call Me Tree gender free.
Maya's Playing with Pronouns, an educational card deck for young children designed to expand gender while learning and playing games, features Tree. Based on the books They She He Me: Free to Be and They, She, He easy as ABC and developed by queer/trans parents, this revolutionary card deck uses play and pronouns as a familiar way to address gender with young kids.
About the Creators
is an award-winning children’s book artist, author, activist and progressive educator. Maya's work addresses systemic inequity in relation to race/ethnicity, sexism, and cissexism using children’s books as radical agents of change and healing, both personally and culturally. Maya co-founded Reflection Press, a POC, queer and trans owned independent publishing house that uses holistic, nature-based, and anti-oppression frameworks in their books and materials for kids and grown-ups. Maya is also the creator of the Gender Wheel, a tool to express the dynamic, infinite and inclusive reality of gender, and provides lectures and workshops to educators, parents and caregivers. Visit Maya online at mayagonzalez.com.