Red: A Crayon’s Story
By Michael Hall
Juvenile Fiction, 2015
Reviewed by Kelly McCagg, Library Director
Red is a blue crayon with a red wrapper. Despite the efforts of his teacher, mother, grandparents, and some art supplies, Red wasn’t very good at being red. As a result, he was miserable. Then he made a new friend who helped him (and the other crayons) gain a new perspective. Bright, youthful illustrations draw in young readers. The delightfully simple story offers layers of meaning that will resonate with readers of all ages. In the end, it is a story of self-acceptance—being true to you inside.
To My Trans Sisters
Edited by Charlie Craggs
Adult Non-Fiction, 2018
Reviewed by Penny Cunningham, Adult Services
This book is a collection of letters written by women around the world who have gone through the process of transition. There is a wealth of life experience here and clear and honest advice. Because transitioning is so unique to each person the different viewpoints are helpful to anyone who wants to have a clearer understanding of what it means to be transgender. The overwhelming message is of kindness and support, and the letters help us all understand that people need to be celebrated for their humanity and not shunned for their perceived differences.