This book is for educators, parents, and anyone wanting to learn about sex and gender diversity in nature in a fun way! Looking for Marla tells the tale of a curious clownfish in transition as they find their way through fatherhood, and into motherhood! As readers follow along through playful and punny rhymes, they encounter a diverse cast of friendly marine creatures, each with a unique story to tell and a jewel of wisdom. Looking for Marla hopes to inspire readers of all ages on their own journey of gender expression and self-exploration, while they discover the diversity of parental care strategies in the underwater world.
"Looking for Marla takes you on an undersea discovery journey through the surprisingly diverse expressions of gender and sexual identity among marine creatures. I have taught sexuality education classes for ages ranging from kindergarten to senior high school, and this wonderfully imaginative book will be a precious addition to the curriculum. Little kids will marvel at the beautiful illustrations and older youths will appreciate the whimsical rhyming text. For all, the variety of parenting styles and gender expressions depicted in these pages are sure to expand their understanding of the many ways to be human. May they find their own inner Marla."
- François Bar, Ph.D. | Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education facilitator | Professor of Communication, USC Annenberg Innovation Lab
"Looking for Marla beautifully illustrates how art can help to communicate scientific information and break down social stereotypes. We at the Norris Center for Natural History are proud to have supported this creative and outstanding book."
- Karen Holl, Ph.D. | Professor of Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz | Faculty Director, Norris Center for Natural History
"Looking for Marla is joyful, beautiful and informative. If you are curious about: gender identity, the ocean, its inhabitants or parenting then this is the book for you! This is revelatory reading at its best."
- Beth Rendeiro, M.Ed | Co-founder, More Than Sex Ed. | Trainer, Our Whole Lives, Lifespan Human Sexuality curricula | Educator, UCLA Lab School
"Looking for Marla speaks for the often overlooked and misunderstood ocean creatures. With gorgeous illustrations and unforgettable facts, this story will warm the hearts of those willing to undertake a new perspective on our underwater world."
- Roxanne Beltran, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor, UC Santa Cruz | Children's Book Author