“You’re a boy!” the kids exclaim. “You can’t play with a doll.”
But Travis has confidence and no regard for social norms. There are so many things to like all around. No limits or range can hold him down.
“I am who I am! There’s no boy or girl line. In sports or in dress-up, I’ll sparkle and shine.”
Dresses and armor one day, ballet and basketball the next. Travis sets no limits on what he enjoys doing. But when some of the kids on the playground begin to pick on him, will Travis dull his shine or decide to truly dazzle?
This empowering story encourages kids of any gender to challenge the social norm, revealing their true selves.
The best book for positively addressing gender stereotypes.
Dazzling Travis by Hannah Carmona Dias carries the key message of gender, stereotypes and being different supported by the many advocates of positive parenting solutions. This book will perfectly round out your home or school library among other stories that focus on confidence and being who you are. Like the work of Alexandra Penfold (All Are Welcome) and Gabi Garcia (I Can Do Hard Things).
This book comes with a free Reader’s Companion, complete with discussion questions, lesson plans and activities to go beyond the book. Download your copy direct from the publisher website.
About the Author
Hannah Carmona Dias is the author of Beautiful, Wonderful, Strong Little Me and the founder of Collective Art School of Tennessee. She is also a mother, active YouTuber, and actress. She lives in Franklin, Tennessee. Brenda Figueroa is a freelance illustrator based in Madrid. Her professional background includes a bachelor's degree in graphic design, an MA in children’s book illustration, experience in advertising, and a wide range of illustration projects.
"While very highly recommended, especially for family, elementary school, and community library Social Issues picture book collections for children ages 5-7, it should be noted that Dazzling Travis is also available for personal reading lists in a paperback edition and in a digital book format." —Midwest Book Review
"This celebration of living one's best life features the first-person voice of Travis, a boy with a lot of flair: overall, the book succeeds in communicating the message promised in the subtitle." —Andrew Medlar, Booklist Reviewer
"In cheery rhymes, Dias introduces Travis, a boy who likes dressing as a knight as much as dancing ballet. Like Travis, his friends' personalities shine through their non gendered clothing and the toys they choose. Dias offers little nuance in favor of a straightforward message about embracing individuality, defying stereotypes, and standing up against bullies." —Publisher's Weekly
"This celebration of one's best life features the first person voice of Travis, a boy with a lot of flair...The book succeeds in communicating the message promised in the subtitle." —Booklist
"Inspired by the true story of a boy struggling to fit in at school, the book’s rhymes and colorful illustrations, along with a handful of mini biographies of famous iconoclasts, encourage children to embrace uniqueness and diversity." —Foreword Reviews
“The book succeeds in communicating the message promised in the subtitle.” —American Librarian Association