Children's Books


Sarah & Ian Hoffman


Chris Case

ISBN: 978-1433830730

Publisher: Magination Press

Copyright Date: 2019

Price: $17.99


The star of Jacob’s New Dress is back and opening (bathroom) doors for gender nonconforming kids …

The beloved lead character from Jacob's New Dress is back in an encouraging story about gender expression. When Jacob goes to the boys’ bathroom he is chased out because the boys think he looks like a girl because of the way he is dressed. His classmate, Sophie, has a similar experience when she tries to go to the girls’ bathroom. When their teacher finds out what happened, Jacob and Sophie, with the support of administration, lead change at their school as everyone discovers the many forms of gender expression and how to treat each other with respect.



A 2020 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People by the National Council for Social Studies and CBC

Included in the 2020 Rainbow Book List





For Children’s Book Week: LGBTQ-Inclusive Children’s Books of 2019 (So Far)



“Their teacher’s lesson shows that there are more than two ways to dress—not all boys wear short hair, and not all girls wear long hair or dresses. Even their own classroom represents a spectrum of expressions.”

“So many, many people need to read this book. Kids adults, politicians, administrators—there is not one person in this world that doesn’t need to digest and ponder the less of this sweet, simple, and very necessary (unfortunately) book.”
—Kiss the Book

“Like the first book about Jacob, the message is about acceptance. Simple lyrical writing introduces the setting and the characters from the opening lines: ‘The carpet was warm. The bunnies were funny. Jacob and Sophie loved library time.’ And the message is vital, especially for this young age group. The Hoffman’s book comes from their hearts.”
—Oregon Coast Youth Book Preview Center

“Kids need the tools to understand gender nonconforming peers. With books like this, minds open, perspectives blossom and everyone has more choices. Sophie and Jacob’s teacher is paying attention and sees an opportunity to create a more inclusive classroom and school where everyone’s differences are celebrated. A progressive book that is forward thinking and acting to solve problems with new solutions.”

— Jesica Sweedler DeHart, Librarian and Influencer, @WanderingBookseller

Jacob’s Room to Choose is about a kid who gets chased out of the boys’ bathroom because other kids think he doesn’t belong there.  I’m excited about this book because it follows Jacob’s New Dress, which made national headlines by being banned acrosse the country.  We expect challenges here too, but I am hoping we change some minds and open some (bathroom) doors for gender nonconforming kids and let them know that we got their back!”

—Kristine Enderle, editorial director, Magination Press