Review – The Pronoun Book

cover of the pronoun book

February is LGBTQ+History Month in the UK, and as part of our recognition of that we asked members of the Library Student Team at Manchester University to share their thoughts on some of the relevant books in our library. This is the second of the series of reviews.

The Pronoun Book: She, He, They and Me Cassandra Jules Corrigan (GE.3.01 COR Children’s section)

Reviewed by  Durian Malhotra: Hi! I’m DM (she/her), a first-year environmental science student at the University of Manchester.

“Avoid terms like ‘preferred pronouns.’ A person’s correct pronouns are not ‘preferred’; they are mandatory!” 

The lively, informative writing by Cassandra Jules Corrigan paired with wonderful illustrations by Jem Milton makes for a fantastic children’s picture book to teach the importance of pronouns in a simple yet accurate way.  

The book is written by Cassandra Jules Corrigan (any pronouns), a genderqueer and disabled author from Tennessee. She creates a warm and comforting atmosphere for kids and parents alike with her enthusiastic and gentle words. It also makes sure to answer any interesting questions kids come up with! Her words are brilliantly paired with the illustrations of Jem Milton, (they/them) a non-binary comic artist and illustrator based in Glasgow whose colorful pictures capture the hearts of children.  

‘The Pronoun Book’ is narrated by Ellie and Casey, two bright individuals, who give your children a perfect introduction to gender diversity and identity by educating them on several topics including: non-binary identities, misgendering, neo-pronouns, and transgender identities. It offers guidance and vivid illustrated explanations on pronoun etiquette and the importance of them.  

It’s not just for kids though! The book comes equipped with a wide variety of tools for parents such as a pronoun table, a glossary of terms, and sample letters for parents of kids going to school and for friends’ parents. There is also a tips and resources page for adults looking to learn more about gender diversity.  

Overall, this book is a great introduction for parents and children (aged 5+) alike to gender identity and pronoun etiquette. It’s also great for adults who are simply curious. If you liked this book or looking for more ways to introduce kids to the wonderful diverse world of gender, other books suggestions would include: 

  • ‘It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity’ by Theresa Thorn 
  • ‘What are your words? A Book about Pronouns’ by Katherine Locke 
  • ‘They, She, He, Me: Free to Be!’ by Matthew Smith-Gonzalez and Maya Christina Gonzalez