I Love My Purse Share this with a friend

by Belle DeMont
illustrated by Sonja Wimmer

The Year’s Best List, Resource Links Notable Books for a Global Society National Parenting Product Award Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Top 10 Recommended Reads, TD Summer Reading Club Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award, Silver Eric Hoffer Award, 1st Runner-Up 2019 Children’s Literature Recommended Lists, Wisconsin State Reading Association Storytelling World Award Eric Hoffer First Horizon Award finalist Storytelling World Award finalist Rainforest of Reading Award nomination Cybils Blogger’s Award nomination Blue Spruce Award nomination


Charlie loves his bright red purse, so why does everyone else have a problem with it?

Charlie loves the bright red purse that his grandmother let him have. One day, he decides to take it to school. First his father, then his friends, and even the crossing guard question him about his “strange” choice. After all, boys don’t carry purses. But Charlie isn’t deterred. Before long, his unselfconscious determination starts to affect those around him. His father puts on his favorite Hawaiian shirt to go to work, his friend Charlotte paints her face, and the crossing guard wears a pair of sparkly shoes. Thanks to Charlie, everyone around him realizes that it isn’t always necessary to conform to societal norms. It’s more important to be true to yourself. With its humorous, energetic illustrations, this book is sure to entertain young readers. It can also be used to open a discussion on gender roles.


“Delightfully inspiring.”
—Foreword Reviews, *starred review, 09/17

“With his polite determination not to conform to other people’s gender expectations, Charlie is the heart of this delightful story.”
—Quill & Quire, *starred review, 09/17

“Refreshing and enjoyable, full of colorful and eye-catching illustrations. There is a good amount of diversity to keep the book from falling into a stereotypically white construct like so many others that look to gender or sexuality.”
—Canadian Review of Materials, 11/24/17

“A lovely, light-hearted tale about breaking from the norm.”
—Resource Links, 12/17

“Kudos to Charlie for his non-conformist ways. We could all take a lesson, and teach a lesson by sharing this book with our kids”
—Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 05/16/18

“The illustrations are action-packed, detailed and very entertaining.”
—Storywraps, 08/05/17

“Needs to be on the shelf of every child.”
—Amie’s Book Review, 08/17/17

“Affirming of gender nonconformity.”
—Kirkus Reviews, 07/15/17

“A winner for families and schools being more inclusive about breaking gender norms.”
—Waking Brain Cells, 10/03/17

“A wonderful story about self-expression.”
—CanLit for Little Canadians, 08/14/17

“Share this book with young readers to spark discussions on individuality and personal expression.”
—SueBE, 12/06/17

“A great book to start conversations with younger students about celebrating individual choices and moving beyond “boys” and “girls” stereotypes.”
—ReadingPowerGear, 04/08/18


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