My Princess Boy Author Visits Watchung Booksellers

My Princess Boy tells the true story of a 4-year-old boy who loved anything pink, sparkly or typically considered girly and the journey of acceptance taken by his mother, Cheryl Kilodavis.

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”
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.
Cost: Free.

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  1. He is FIERSE!!!!

    Sure I have a great pix of the little prof wearing a friend’s tutu, and yes, he LOVES iCarly (a great, fun show). But he doesn’t go as far as this kid. In fact, I just asked him about it and he thought the idea of a “boy princess” was a little “weird.”

    My issue is at some point self expression will come up against the conventional wisdom of the playground. And then I hope he has a strong enough constitution to fight off the taunts.

    So, for those of us who believe that we are all born as we are, I don’t have a problem with the boy princess. He’s cute and enjoys himself, so what’s the problem?

    None. With the kid. However, I suspect that Mom is working hard to create some controversy (disguised as “acceptance”) in order to further HER ambitions, which is why this post and book is so damn unseemly to me.

  2. …. As if on cue, I just heard a commercial telling me that Mom here will be interviewed on NPR’s show, “Tell Me More”.

    I’m sure when the kid grows up he’ll be thrilled to know that his Mom pimped him out like this. Because really, what’s the point?……. The more I think of it- Mom, that is, the more disgusted I get. Why can’t she just let her son be himself and grow up like every other kid?

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