Except When They Don’t

Illustrated by Joshua Heinsz
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Girls perform to fairy songs.
Boys play football all day long.

Boys yell, “Boo!” and run away.
Girls like kittens and ballet.

Except when they don’t.

Children are often told by many different people which toys they’re supposed to play with, what interests they should have, and what activities they should participate in simply because of their gender. This stereotype-breaking book encourages kids to be exactly who they are!

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Northern Lights Book Award, poetry category

“Gehl’s text and Heinsz’s artwork express the joy of individuality and personal choice: ‘be exactly who you are.’”  —Publisher’s Weekly

“This book encourages kids to practice self-acceptance and embrace all kinds of play in a lighthearted and cheerful way.” —School Library Journal (starred review)