10,000 Dresses

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10,000 Dresses
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AuthorMarcus Ewert
IllustratorRex Ray
Cover artistRex Ray
CountryUnited States
GenrePicture book
PublisherSeven Stories Press
Publication date
November 2008
Media typePrint (hardcover)

10,000 Dresses is a 2008 children's picture book written by Marcus Ewert, illustrated by Rex Ray and published by Seven Stories Press. The book is notable for being one of the first children's books depicting transgender people's experiences.[1]


The story is told from the view point of Bailey, a young transgender girl who dreams of dresses. At first, when Bailey tells her parents that she wants to wear dresses, they become angry, and tell her that she's a boy. Her older brother calls her "gross", and threatens to hurt her. But soon Bailey meets an older woman across the street who seems more accepting about Bailey's love of dresses. The lady explains that although she wants to make dresses with her sewing machine, she doesn't have any design ideas. Together, Bailey and her new friend create a dress with mirrors on it.


10,000 Dresses is a Stonewall Honor Book,[2] an American Library Association Rainbow Book[3] and was a finalist in the 2008 Lambda Literary Awards.[4]

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  1. ^ Silverrod, Nancy. "10,000 Dresses [review]". GLBT Reviews. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  2. ^ http://www.ala.org/rt/glbtrt/award/stonewall/honored#2009
  3. ^ http://glbtrt.ala.org/rainbowbooks/archives/174
  4. ^ "21st Annual Lambda Literary Awards". Retrieved October 9, 2011.

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