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Jamie Is Jamie

Jamie Is Jamie

A Book About Being Yourself and Playing Your Way

illustrated by Maria Bogade

There are so many fun things to play with at Jamie’s new preschool—baby dolls to care for, toy cars to drive—and Jamie wants to play with them all! But the other children are confused by Jamie’s gender expression . . . is Jamie a boy or a girl? Some toys are just for girls and others are just for boys, aren’t they? Not according to Jamie!

Join Jamie’s new friends as they learn the importance of cooperation, creativity, and empathy.

Jamie Is Jamie is a great way to start a conversation with children about gender expression by:
  • challenging gender stereotypes
  • showing readers that playing is fundamental to learning
  • reinforcing the idea that all children need the freedom to play unencumbered
A special section for teachers, parents, and caregivers provides tips on how to make children’s playtime learning time.

Don’t miss out on more of Jamie’s adventures in Jamie and Bubbie!
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ISBN: 978-1-63198-139-5
Reading Level: Grade 2
Interest Level: Ages 4–8
Guided Reading Level: K
Lexile Measure: 600L
Illustrated: color illust.
Trim Size: 8" x 8"
Page Count: 32
Praise for Jamie Is Jamie

“Jamie’s willingness to dance ballet, rock a baby, fix cars, and fight villains carefully breaks down gender stereotypes in toys and role play in an accessible way for children and adults alike.”—Foreword Reviews

“Thoroughly kid friendly. Unreservedly recommended.”—Children’s Bookwatch

Creating a Gender-Neutral Play Space

As much as we want kids to grow up in a world where they are free to be themselves, there is still a strong message given to kids that pink is for girls and blue is for boys—that there are “girl toys” and “boy toys.” From our experiences with kids, we know that their likes and interests do not fall neatly into “boy” and “girl” categories and that gender roles can feel limiting to kids. While we can’t change this overnight, there is a lot we can do as caretakers and educators to give young children the opportunity to play in a gender-neutral environment.

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  • Common Core State Standards


  • ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success

    MS.1, MS.3
    BS.LS.1, BS.LS.2, BS.LS.9
    BS.SMS.1, BS.SMS.2, BS.SMS.3, BS.SMS.7, BS.SMS.9, BS.SMS.10
    BS.SS.1, BS.SS.2, BS.SS.3, BS.SS.4, BS.SS.5, BS.SS.6, BS.SS.7, BS.SS.8, BS.SS.9

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June 14, 2021 / Becca Haines
This book helped my class

Jamie Is Jaime is a 5-star story that really helped my class get through a time when we were struggling with “boy toys” and “girl toys” and the genders would often exclude each other. This book helped me explain that everyone can play in their own way and that exclusion is not the way to make friends.

June 14, 2021 / Katie Gindin
Poignant message

Jamie Is Jamie delivers an important message that is poignant and simple: we don’t need to know if Jamie was born a boy or a girl to know who Jamie is. Jamie, like the reader, is playful, imaginative, friendly and full of possibilities.

May 20, 2018 / Kim
Encouraging words

I want to say that is is an excellent book about children making choices. I like the way we are teaching children that it is important to play and feel good about yourself to encourage good self esteem.


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