My Princess Boy

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My Princess Boy
My Princess Boy.jpg
AuthorCheryl Kilodavis
IllustratorSuzanne DeSimone
Cover artistSuzanne DeSimone
CountryUnited States
GenrePicture book
PublisherKD Talent, LLC
Publication date
Media typePrint

My Princess Boy is an American picture book written by Cheryl Kilodavis and illustrated by Suzanne DeSimone. Kilodavis first self-published the book in 2009 via KD Talent of Seattle, then on 21 December of the following year, Simon & Schuster published a new edition on their Aladdin imprint.[1]

Kilodavis wrote the book about her son, Dyson, and their family. Kilodavis titled her book after a defining moment when Dyson declared to her, "I am a princess boy."[2]


The book centers around the life of a young boy named Dyson. Dyson's self-expression does not conform to stereotypical gender roles. One of the ways he expresses himself is by wearing clothing meant for girls.


Among the publications that have reviewed My Princess Boy are the School Library Journal and Diva.[3] Kirkus Reviews called a mobile app version of the book "utterly without subtlety", but added that "there's little enough out there addressing the needs of transgender children that this can be comfortably overlooked."[4]

In the US, some patrons of the Hood County Library in Granbury, Texas challenged the inclusion of the book in the library's collection.[5] When the library's director, Courtney Kincaid, defended the book's inclusion, objectors took their complaint to the commissioners' court (a county legislative body in some U.S. states). The court effectively upheld Kincaid's decision by declining to vote on the matter.[5]

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  1. ^ Sally Lodge (Jan 13, 2011). "Two Originally Self-Published Picture Books Hit Their Strides". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  2. ^ Kilodavis, Cheryl. "My Princess Boy: An Interview with Cheryl Kilodavis". (Interview). Interviewed by Sherry Huang. Meredith Corporation.
  3. ^ "My Princess Boy". EBSCOhost. EBSCO Information Services. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  4. ^ "My Princess Boy". Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus Media LLC. November 28, 2011. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  5. ^ a b Barack, Lauren (July 14, 2015). "Updated: Hearing for LGBTQ-Themed Books Challenged 52 Times". Media Source. Retrieved 2016-03-21.

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