This #OwnVoices story immediately made me smile, with its depiction of a lovely family finding a solution for their trans daughter’s need to feel like herself. Twink’s vibrant illustrations partner perfectly with the Neals’s prose, welcoming us into the household’s warm embrace by giving us an immediate sense of connection to the family’s kids and their adorable pet pig. Perfect for anyone looking for a feel-good family story and a reminder to kids about how good it can feel to be themselves.
A dedicated mom puts love into action as she creates the perfect rainbow-colored wig for her transgender daughter, based on the real-life experience of mother-daughter advocate duo Trinity and DeShanna Neal.
Warm morning sunlight and love fill the Neal home. And on one quiet day, playtime leads to an important realization:Trinity wants long hair like her dolls. She needs it to express who she truly is.
So her family decides to take a trip to the beauty supply store, but none of the wigs is the perfect fit. Determined, Mom leaves with bundles of hair in hand, ready to craft a wig as colorful and vibrant as her daughter is.
With powerful text by Trinity and DeShanna Neal and radiant art by Art Twink, My Rainbow is a celebration of showing up as our full selves with the people who have seen us fully all along.
About the Author
DeShanna and Trinity Neal are a mother-daughter team of writers, advocates for black and transgender rights and awareness, and have been featured in major publications such as National Geographic, The Advocate, and Essence. DeShanna and Trinity write to foster understanding between transgender, cisgender, and nonbinary children.
Art Twink is a creator and lover of all things queer, colorful, and cute. They've worked on artivism for prison abolition, transgender liberation, and mental health issues. Catch them @art_twink for more stories of queer brown happiness.
PRAISE FOR MY RAINBOW A Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book 2020 A University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education Best Book for Young Readers 2020
"A revolutionary representation of joy and self-expression." -- Kirkus, starred review "A joyful family story that emphasizes the importance of listening and loving people for who they are." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "An affirming, uplifting story to add to school and public library collections." --School Library Journal