Wednesday, July 20, 2022





"Charly’s joyous creativity and persistence will encourage trick-or-readers to think outside of the box this Halloween.” – School Library Journal (full review at the bottom of press release)


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MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.– A Costume for Charly (September 6, 2022, Beaming Books, $18.99) features a bigender character that is human like everyone else. This unique voice in children’s picturebooks encourages equal representation and understanding. Author C.K. Malone explains, “I wrote A COSTUME FOR CHARLY so children who are both a boy and a girl could have another mirror available to them and so children who do not understand the concept could have a window into the LGBTQIA+ experience. Now, more than ever, the representation of all identities in the LGBTQIA+ community is vital and necessary.” 


Halloween is always tricky for Charly, and this year they are determined to find a costume that showcases both the feminine and masculine halves of their identity. Digging through their costume box, they explore many fun costumes. Some are masc. Some are femme. Some are neither. But all are lacking. As trick-or-treating looms, they must think outside the box to find the perfect costume--something that will allow them to present as one hundred percent Charly.

About the Author  

C.K. Malone (they/them) is a bigender award-winning educator and literature coach at the secondary level. When not grading essays or helping students, they're busy helping design culturally and LGBTQIA+ responsive units for the district and working as climate and culture coach. When they're not writing, they're coaching and advising through alignment with the Genders and Sexualities Alliance Network. C.K. continues this work in the literary world by advocating for all to be given the space to tell their own stories. Though they love the many hats they wear, their favorite is as an advocate for diverse voices.


Twitter: @CKMalone2

About the Illustrator

Alejandra Barajas was born in Guanajuato, Mexico in July 1984. At a very young age, her grandmother gave her a book by painter and illustrator Carl Larsson. This awakened her interest in art. She completed her degree in Fine Arts at Guanajuato University. Since then, she has been working on individual and collective projects and illustrating magazines and children's books. She is a very calm person who appreciates silence and loves contemplating the local landscape while playing with her dog.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so very much for spotlighting my book. It's an honor!!


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