Phoenix Gets Greater
Phoenix is a young boy who doesn’t like trucks and hockey but loves dolls, fluffy blankets, pink, and dancing. He realizes he belongs to the gay community and tired of being bullied and having to hide his identity, he comes out to his family who accept and love him. His mother teaches him about two-spirit people and their importance in Anishinaabe culture and he becomes more confident and finds friends who accept him. This engaging picture book, based on the childhood experiences of the author’s son, is suitable as a class read-aloud to encourage discussion of diversity in communities and the importance of acceptance and inclusion, and a safe way to have difficult conversations about bullying and feeling left out.