There weren’t children’s books about gender identification on the shelf when Cleveland illustrator Andy Passchier was increasing up.

“I failed to even know what it meant to be trans or non-binary. I only knew a minor bit about like, different sexualities, but very little about gender,” explained Passchier, who works by using the pronouns they/them and also goes by Anne skillfully.

Passchier now helps families start conversations about gender identification as a children’s book illustrator, together with with the most recent title” What Are Your Terms?”

The e-book, published by Katherine Locke, tells the story of young Ari, who is unsure which text to use when generating introductions on the working day of the major community party.

“They go by the full community and different men and women are introducing on their own to them,” Passchier explained. “Towards the finish, you see whether or not Ari finds their words or not. Spoiler, they do.”

The design stands aside from some children’s guides, toys, and dresses that strengthen stereotypical concepts about gender. Passchier stated the publishers they function with are actively difficult these concepts. All those contain Penguin Random Property and Minimal, Brown and Enterprise, which tapped Passchier and Locke to create “What Are Your Words?”

“It meant a whole lot, particularly considering the fact that Katherine’s non-binary, much too,” Passchier reported. “For the publisher to just take that into account and say, ‘You know, I believe we want two trans or non-binary people to get the job done jointly on this and share their voices and assist provide this tale to lifetime,’ I imagine is seriously amazing.”

One of the spreads in "What Are Your Words?"

A single of the spreads in “What Are Your Text?” [Katherine Locke and Andy Passchier]

Passchier was born in the Netherlands and graduated from Ringling Faculty of Art & Design in Florida. In addition to illustrating kid’s textbooks, Passchier’s style and design get the job done has provided wrapping paper and puzzles. 

“My design and how I draw, it looks to genuinely by natural means be geared to kids and a youthful viewers,” they reported. “It is very straightforward, really graphic, very vivid.”

Passchier will celebrate the start of “What Are Your Words and phrases?” with an in-man or woman and virtual celebration at Noticeable Voice Publications in Cleveland’s Tremont community on Sunday.