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10,000 Dresses

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10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert

First published January 1, 2008

Plot Description: At night Bailey dreams about thousands of beautiful dresses and each morning, unfortunately, when Bailey’s awake, no one wants to hear about her beautiful dreams. She gets told that she’s a boy and that boys should not be dreaming about dresses, that such things are just not right.  Then Bailey meets Laurel, an older girl who is touched and inspired by Bailey’s imagination and courage. Inspired by Bailey’s dream dresses, the two of them begin making dresses together and Bailey becomes the girl she always dreamed she’d be!

Quantitative Reading Level: Grades K-4

Evaluation: This is probably one of the few transgender book out and it needs to be in every library.  Many LGBT begin to realize their true selves at an early age and to have a book like this that is available to them may make the whole experience a little less scary.  Also, to expose this book to more students would also expose them earlier on to the LGBT community making the whole idea of LGBT a little less scary and more normal, hopefully creating more acceptance in the future.

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