When Aidan Became a Brother

By The Horn Book

Lukoff puts his child-centered story and character ahead of message; the word transgender is used only once, and gender not at all. Celebrating the family’s close, affirming relationship, Juanita’s vibrant digitally rendered illustrations take their cues from the text, which models how to avoid the male/female binary. The final spread shows family and friends celebrating the new arrival, with cupcakes, presents, and helium balloons spelling out, simply, “IT’S A BABY.” A straightforward and heartfelt author’s note provides more context.