Be Your Own Man
You can be anything. You can be everything.
Have you ever felt you should act a certain way or do certain things, just because you’re a boy
This book encourages young boys to broaden their ideas about what it means to be a boy, supporting them to feel free and proud to be who they truly are.
Every boy deserves to be themselves without apology, and know that being themselves now will make them the man they will become in the future.
Judges' comments for Category:
Be Your Own Man is a very timely picture book. In society today we see the importance of educating young people about their rights, including the right to be who they want to be. This book challenges the stereotype of what it means to be a boy in a supportive way, gently touching on gender identity. It is a reminder to be confident and proud of who you truly are and not feel pressure to conform to gender norms. Many helpful resources for children and parents are listed at the back as well as wellbeing strategies.
Judges' comments for Outstanding Winner:
The judges would again like to congratulate the authors, illustrators and publisher on a very timely picture story book. It is more important than ever to encourage boys to feel confident to be the type of person they want to be. The judges were particularly impressed with the teacher notes and resources for parents that accompany this title and allow for deeper and ongoing learning.
Five Mile is a quality children’s publishing house based in Melbourne, publishing around 120 titles a year. With a strong specialisaiton in picture books and non-fiction, Five Mile aims to publish transformative books that support families and teachers. The aim of these books is to shine a light on cultural and social matters in a child-friendly accessible way to help parents and teachers build the good humans of tomorrow.