Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope

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Crown Books for Young Readers
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10.1 X 10.1 X 0.6 inches | 0.93 pounds
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About the Author
Jodie Patterson is the author of The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation and was Family Circle magazine's Most Influential Mom in 2018. She is the mother of five children, two of whom are self-proclaimed gender nonconformists--one transgender and another genderqueer. Jodie was inspired to write Born Ready to show how an entire community can be flexible and change for those they love. Jodie raises her family in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at

Charnelle Pinkney Barlow is an illustrator, an expert tea drinker, and a lover of all things doughnuts. She discovered a love for drawing and painting during her childhood in Poughkeepsie, New York, which led her to the world of children's book illustration. She now lives in Indianapolist, Indiana, with her husband Jukabiea.
"This representation of a Black family and transgender child shines with joy and affirmation... A triumphant declaration of love and identity." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A heartening true story for children that offers guidance to caretakers." --Publisher's Weekly

"Readers will be rooting for Penelope from the first page to the last." --The Horn Book