Kilodavis, who spoke to the Today show this morning, was inspired to write the nonfiction picture book after her 8-year-old son, Dkobe, asked her why she couldn’t just let his little brother, Dyson, be happy. Although Kilodavis had previously resisted Dyson’s desire to wear bright, shiny dresses, at that moment she realized Dyson’s self expression wasn’t his issue. It was her issue.
With her book Kilodavis hopes to start a dialogue about individuality and create an atmosphere of acceptance. She questions why people condemn others for not fitting into traditional categories. She illustrates how exclusion hurts. And ultimately she presents a story that’s about a child’s happiness.
Kilodavis’s story started when she decided to listen to her son. After repeatedly telling him that boys aren’t princesses, Kilodavis finally understood when he replied that he was a “boy princess.” You can hear Kilodavis read her groundbreaking book tomorrow at 4:00 pm at Watchung Booksellers.
Author Cheryl Kilodavis Reads “My Princess Boy”
Who: Little kids.
What: Author Cheryl Kilodavis reads My Princess Boy, a nonfiction picture book about acceptance. It tells the tale of a 4-year-old boy who happily expresses his authentic self by enjoying “traditional girl” things like jewelry, sparkles or anything pink. It is designed to start and continue a dialogue about unconditional friendship and teaches children — and adults — how to accept and support children for who they are and how they wish to look.
Where: Watchung Booksellers, 54 Fairfield Street–Watchung Plaza, Montclair, NJ.
When: Tuesday, January 4 at 4 pm.