Do today's children have questions about gender? Of course Nonnie Talks about Gender seeks to open the door to parent/child communication by addressing potentially complicated and controversial issues with sensitivity and warmth. Alice Burroughs' lovely illustrations form the backdrop for the story of two best friend, Alex and Tamika, as their many questions about gender are answered by Alex's grandma, Nonnie. Gender, gender roles, and gender identity are explored while reinforcing the need for respect and empathy while dealing with difference. The book is interactive. It is divided into brief chapters that allow readers to pause and consider each lesson. A parent/teacher/trusted adult guide, glossary and resources are included.
About the Author
Dr. Mary Jo Podgurski has been honored to serve young people since the seventies. She founded a county wide Teen Outreach in 1988; since its inception the Outreach has provided sexuality and health education to over 230,000 young people in grades 4 - 12. Dr. Podgurski runs the Common Ground Teen Center and has created seven interactive, dynamic educational programs for children and adults. She co-founded the first GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) in her community in 2005 and continues to volunteer with the group weekly. She has presented over 500 trainings and workshops locally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Podgurski is proud to be an adjunct professor at Washington and Jefferson College, where she created the course Teaching and Dealing with Sexuality in Schools. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. In 2014 Dr. Podgurski was inducted into the Washington Historical Society's Hall of Fame for her pioneering work with adolescents.