Growing up is hard for everybody, but especially when you are different. Even though the world has become more accepting of gender non-conforming children, many adults still believe that young transgender girls are simply ‘going through a phase.’ Some blame their parents for permitting what is called ‘cross-gendering behaviors’; others have accused modern feminism of creating a world where gender doesn’t matter anymore. As a consequence, transgender girls, as young as four-years-old, are forced to fight every day for their right to be a girl at all. Their identities are always up for analysis and question, regardless of age, class, and ability, throughout their entire lives.
We believe differently. We believe that gender is unique and personal, regardless of birth assignment; that the only person who can determine one’s gender identity is the person experiencing it. As a result, we believe that transgender girls are girls, and that transgender women are women.
Heartspark Children’s publishes illustrated storybooks that center on the lives of transgender girls. Heartspark’s central mission is to create a body of work that affirms and acknowledges the trials, tribulations, and magic of growing up as a girl assigned male at birth. While our stories are designed for children of all ages and identities, our goal is to create stories that transgender girls can see themselves within. Heartspark Books seeks to create a new world that is loving and accepting of all children across the gender binary and beyond, and this is where we are starting.