by Dani Gabriel Author and Robert Liu-Trujillo Illustrator
Sam is a child who is full of laughter and joy. He loves riding his bike and learning about the American Revolution. However, there's a bit of a problem: Nobody knows Sam is a boy except for him. His family knows him as a girl named Isabel.
Sam feels a sense of relief when he finally confides in his annoying but caring sister Maggie, and then his parents, even though it takes them a while to feel comfortable with it. But with lots of love and support, Sam and his family learn and grow through Sam’s journey to embrace his true self. In the vein of I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel, Sam! is based on a true story. With a note from the author explaining their family’s experience, Sam! is an important addition to a list of books that help children and adults discuss gender identity.
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