My Princess Boy
|Cover artist||Suzanne DeSimone|
|Publisher||KD Talent, LLC|
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.
Kilodavis wrote the book about her son, Dyson, and their family. 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.
Kilodavis titled her book after a defining moment when Dyson declared to her, "I am a princess boy."
Among the publications that have reviewed My Princess Boy are the School Library Journal and Diva. 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." Writing for Mail Online (the website of conservative British newspaper the Daily Mail), Candy Lorraine asked, "What is to be gained from forcing acceptance of this kind of innocent eccentricity?"
In the US, some patrons of the Hood County Library in Granbury, Texas challenged the inclusion of the book in the library's collection. 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.
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- Sally Lodge (Jan 13, 2011). "Two Originally Self-Published Picture Books Hit Their Strides". www.publishersweekly.com. Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
- Kilodavis, Cheryl. "My Princess Boy: An Interview with Cheryl Kilodavis". Parents.com (Interview). Interviewed by Sherry Huang. Meredith Corporation.
- "My Princess Boy". EBSCOhost. EBSCO Information Services. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
- "My Princess Boy". Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus Media LLC. November 28, 2011. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
- Candy, Lorraine (Feb 21, 2011). "Would YOU let your son wear a dress?". Mail Online. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
- Barack, Lauren (July 14, 2015). "Updated: Hearing for LGBTQ-Themed Books Challenged 52 Times". slj.com. Media Source. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
- Hoffman, Sarah (7 November 2010). "Book Review: My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis". SarahHoffmanWriter.com. Retrieved 2015-11-02.