Jacob is a little boy just like everyone else. But when Jacob plays with the dress up clothes at school, he doesn’t want to be a firefighter or knight, he wants to wear the princess dress. Some of the kids in his class think he is weird and make fun of Jacob, telling him that, “Boys don’t wear dresses.” But Jacob has a strong support group of teachers and parents who help him feel confident being who he wants to be and wearing what he wants to wear.
I was so excited when I first saw Jacob’s New Dress in the library. It’s such a positive and empowering story about a child who doesn’t follow conventional gender norms and the adults who support him in his decisions without forcing their opinions on him. My favorite part of the book is the father’s response when Jacob proudly shows him his new dress.
Jacob learns that what he wears on the outside doesn’t change who he is on the inside and that he can be a strong person just by accepting himself the way he is. Children and parents can both learn a lot from Jacob’s positive attitude and the brave way he deals with being different.