Join us on Thursday, December 3 at 7 p.m. for a book reading with author and Stonehill College adjunct professor, Kerri Mullen.
Ms. Mullen, a former resident of Easton, recently published a children's picture book featuring a gender non-conforming character. Eli’s New Clothes was inspired by raising her transgender son and the belief that every child should have the opportunity to relate to a literary character.
While many wonderful stories portraying transgender characters can be found in children's literature, Ms. Mullen found that the majority of them are male-to-female characters. And so, Eli's New Clothes was born. This book tells the story of a female-to-male character, navigating the concept of self-expression, and encouraging gender non-conforming and transgender children to embrace being unique.
With a huge diversity initiative, and the intersectionality between issues of LGBTQ and other marginalized groups of people, her book is extremely timely, especially to those in early childhood education, gender studies, and parents of young children. She hopes this book encourages all children to embrace being their authentic selves, and helps children, parents and teachers begin discussions about gender diversity at home and in classrooms.
Eli’s New Clothes recently received some positive press in the Boston area by the Metrowest Daily News and NBC Boston. Kerri is excited to share her book and story further with the Easton community. Signed copies may be purchased at Paperback Junction, 619 Washington Street, South Easton.