Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 6 to 8
- Grade: 1 to 3
- Reading age: 6 to 8
Backwards Day, set on the planet Tenalp, introduces us to a world where there are seventeen seasons, including one where bubblegum falls from the sky for three days and a single day when everything—everything everywhere—is backwards. Andrea looks eagerly forward to Backwards Day every year, so she can turn into a boy for the day. But one year she doesn't turn along with everyone else. She's miserable. The very next day, however, she turns into a boy—and stays that way! He's delighted, but his parents are distressed, and take him to the big city to consult with Backwardsologists. When they finally figure out what's happened, the miracles of Backwards Day are fully revealed.
About the authors
S. Bear Bergman is the author of two books, the Lambda Award-nominated The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You (Arsenal Pulp, 2009), and Butch Is a Noun, first published by Suspect Thoughts in 2006 and reissued in a new edition by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2010. Bear is also the co-editor (with Kate Bornstein) of the Lambda Award-winning anthology Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation (Seal, 2010). Ze is also a frequent contributor to anthologies on all manner of topics from the sacred to the extremely profane. A longtime activist, Bear was one of the founders of the first-ever Gay Straight Alliance, and has watched them spread with wonder. Ze continues to work at the points of intersection between and among gender, sexuality, and culture, and spends a lot of time trying to discourage people from installing traffic signals there. Bear lives in Toronto, Ontario with hir husband and son.
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Katie Diamond is an illustrator, graphic designer, and tattoo artist based in Los Angeles. She’s illustrated over a dozen books, for adults and children alike. Since 2012, she’s been the Art Director of Flamingo Rampant, a LGBT2Q children’s book imprint based in Toronto. She’s worked in communications and design for nonprofits throughout the country, including The League of Young Voters, The New Victory Theater, and Theatre of the Oppressed NYC. Diamond firmly believes in using art for social change and education.
Other titles by S. Bear Bergman
Special Topics in Being a Parent
A Queer and Tender Guide to Things Iâve Learned About Parenting, Mostly the Hard Way
Special Topics in Being a Human
A Queer and Tender Guide to Things I've Learned the Hard Way about Caring For People, Including Myself