The Name I Call Myself by Hasan Namir, illustrated by Cathryn John, published by Arsenal Pulp Press.

The Name I Call Myself by Hasan Namir, illustrated by Cathryn John, published by Arsenal Pulp Press.

This book is such a sensitive depiction of a child’s journey discovering who they are. Ari is called “Edward.” But that name doesn’t feel right. In fact, a lot of their life doesn’t quite feel right, like they are trying to fit into a mold of what a boy is supposed to look and act like. While they spend time wishing they were a girl, it isn’t until they go by Ari and see that they don’t fit into either mold that they are being themselves.

I’m so impressed by it. By the simple text that is so accessible to young readers yet conveys so much hurt, confusion, and hope. By the illustrations that feel almost dream-like. By the courage on every page–it’s an important one.

Something I think the book really captures is that what a person may think about themselves is allowed to change. Ari thinks ‘because I’m not a boy, I guess I’m a girl,” but then discovers that that doesn’t feel right either. The story honours all of the ups and downs of discovering who you are.

Recommended ages 5-9

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