What Riley Wore


Gender-creative Riley knows just what to wear for every occasion during a busy week with family and friends in this sweet and timely picture book from Elana K. Arnold and Linda Davick.

Riley wears whatever clothes feel right each day. On Monday, Riley feels shy and wears a bunny costume to school. On Tuesday, a scary trip to the dentist calls for a super hero cape. For a trip out with Otto and Oma, a ball gown is the perfect outfit.

This charming picture book is a gentle exploration of self-expression and source of encouragement for being true to oneself despite the expectations of others.---from the publisher

40 pages                      978-1481472609                          Ages 2-7

Keywords:  self expression, gender expression, individuality, clothing, being yourself, self acceptance, identity, self esteem, friendship, friends, fun, 2 year old, 3 year old, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, gender, gender fluidity, Character Building Curriculum


You know that feeling when you get up and decide what you're  going to wear today?  Sometimes it feels like you are really saying who I am going to be today or even how do I feel about being me today.  This is the story of Riley who has a blast figuring out what to wear each day.

Riley understands that the outfit can be very helpful in making you feel better.  So on the first day of school Riley chooses to wear bunny pajamas.  No one else wore those that day.  But one girl who was crying asked if she could feel the bunny ears.  That made the girl feel better.

Other days Riley chooses space clothes and tutus and a hard hat and all kinds of different clothes depending on the kind of day it is.

As you read this story, you might begin to ask yourself if Riley is a boy or a girl.  One little guy on the playground actually does ask that question.  But Riley answers him the same way Riley decides what to wear on different.  Some days Riley is a firefighter or a monster hunter and some days Riley is a pilot or a dinosaur.

Room to be yourself.  Freedom to figure out who you are on any given day.  That's what this book is about and it's also about being a friend to others and understanding that some days they might need to feel the velveteen ears of a rabbit and sometimes they might want to see the planets and imagine a great adventure.

We're  all a bit of everything depending on the day.

A glorious exploration of each of us and a celebration of the wonder of being a human being.

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

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