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I am Everything In Between

illustrated by Sydney Sunderland

Rebel Mountain Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2022
LGBT, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Emotions & Feelings
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2022
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


Sometimes it's not as simple as being a boy or a girl. I Am Everything In Between highlights kids who may not fit into stereotypical gender ideals, and celebrates how they do identify by sending positive messages about gender identity. This book teaches children that regardless of biological gender, it's OK to feel like a boy, or a girl, or even both! The illustrations include bright and bold examples of boys that like to play dress up and wear makeup, girls that like to play sports and get dirty, and kids that want to grow up to be astronauts! I Am Everything In Between uses diverse, relatable examples to help kids understand that sometimes it's not as simple as being a boy or a girl. Teacher resources available on publisher website:

About the author

Eighteen-year-old Sydney Sunderland grew up in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, BC. She loves to spend time outside with her friends and family doing just about anything. Some of her passions include soccer, guitar, and art. Throughout her life, Sydney has had many different appearances. She has expressed herself through short hair, fun colourful hair, long curly hair, and many other styles. Right now, she has short hair, but who knows what it will look next year! Sydney believes, with all her heart and soul, in being your true self. Author available for school and other venue readings and presentations.

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Excerpt: I am Everything In Between (illustrated by Sydney Sunderland)

Some days I'm a girl,
Some days I'm a boy,
I like playing with dolls,
And I'm great at playing soccer.

I am not a girl or a boy,
I love my short hair, and being outside,
My favourite colour is green.

I am loved,
I am happy,
I am everything in between,
My gender does not define who I am!

It's OK not to know exactly who you are,
You can be small and have BIG feelings!

Whoever you are, and whoever you choose to be,
Know that you are BEAUTIFUL, BRAVE, SMART, and AWESOME!

Editorial Reviews

"A simple but powerful message. In a world that often constructs narrow boxes for gender roles and identity, I Am Everything in Between shows kids that it's okay feel and be who they are. I wish there was a book like this when I was a kid." LS Stone, author What's in it for ME?

Loved this book! The illustrations are very well done and the book is written in a very accessible way for children. This book teaches important principles about gender identity and the value of being your authentic self. Highly recommended! Tatiana Mueller, Thompson River University

I Am Everything in Between sends a great message to kids about exploring their self-expression and breaking out of traditional gender norms. It aligns perfectly with the elementary school curriculum. I Am Everything in Between is an exceptional book on gender identity to read to a young child. Chantal Hughes, author in Breaking Boundaries- LGBTQ2 Writers Coming Out and Into Canada

"This book is a perfect fit for discussions with my Grade 2 class about gender identity. It helped my students understand that expressing how they feel about their gender is OK and that they belonged. The artwork is bright and playful. I highly recommend this book." Karen Williams, teacher.


Comox Valley teen publishes children's book on gender identity. I am Everything In Between sends a positive message to children about just being themselves. Eighteen year old author, Sidney Sunderland, says there is a personal angle to the book."There is sort of a personal connection to it; when I was growing up, I didn't necessarily know what gender identity was, but I definitely did present myself in ways that were different than how a typical little girl would dress and things," she said. "I sometimes got negative comments and negative reactions from that, and that definitely affected me when I was younger, so I am hoping that the message can get out to any kids who might be feeling that way, because I know I would have really appreciated something like that."Black Press Media publications: BC and Alberta newspaper network

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