Jacob's New Dress

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Sarah Hoffman
Chris Case


Jacob's New Dress




Sarah Hoffman
Ian Hoffman

Chris Case

Published 2014

Age Levels: 4-7, Grades: Preschool-2
Pages: 32
8.00" x 10.00"
Illustrations: Full color

Plot Summary

Jacob loves playing dress-up, when he can be anything he wants to be. Some kids at school say he can't wear "girl" clothes, but Jacob wants to wear a dress to school. Can he convince his parents to let him wear what he wants? This heartwarming story speaks to the unique challenges faced by boys who don't identify with traditional gender roles.



CCBC Choices 2015; Runner-Up, 2014 New England Book Festival: Children's Books


". . .a warmly illustrated picture book meant to comfort both boys who are gender nonconforming and their parents. . .Jacob's mom's look of concern when he first asks about the dress is poignant, and his dad's words of acceptance ('Well, it's not what I would wear, but you look great') could easily serve as a model for fathers in similar positions."
Kirkus Reviews

"The warm cartoon illustrations convey the mood well and offer readers visual clues to the cruelty, teasing, and struggle with self-acceptance that can occur when children are different from their peers. Purchase this one to encourage discussions of gender, identity, and self-confidence."
School Library Journal

". . .an ideal companion for families and educators: upbeat yet realistic, astute about peer dynamics, and blessedly lacking in a sermonizing Big Moment."
Publishers Weekly

"Cute illustrations and realistic dialogue convey the struggles of this proud, determined young boy."
ForeWord Reviews

"Case's softly colored cartoonlike illustrations nicely expand the spirit of this important book, which—one hopes—will provide reassurance to children like Jacob and inspire thoughtful disucssion."

". . . a welcome addition to the recent uptick in picture books about gender nonconforming kids."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

One of 10 Best Indie Picture Books of 2014
ForeWord Reviews

Associated Keywords
pink boys; dresses; gender; gender roles; gender identity; clothing; transgender; gender identification; transexual; sexual identity; gay; lesbian; LGBT; LGBTQ; drag queen; cross dressing; cross-dressing; crossdressing; gender roles in childhood; childhood gender identity; traditional gender roles; nontraditional gender roles; non-traditional gender roles; playing dress up; playing dress-up; children's book; picture book; children's literature; kid's book