"Free To Be Incredible Me"

In Free to Be Incredible Me Manny returns from his first day of school heartbroken and disheartened after being teased for bringing along his best friend, his rag doll.

Saddened by the situation, Manny’s father sets out on a quest to lift his son’s spirits all the while teaching him about self-acceptance and self-love. So starts their magical adventure, as father and son explore new activities, hairstyles and forms of self expression.

About The Book

Free to Be Incredible Me is a lighthearted story for early readers that uses humor to explore the issues of masculinity, individuality, and nonconformity through the eyes of one little boy and his loving father.

Meet The Author

Joelle Retener

Joelle-Elizabeth is a former foreign policy wonk and a homeschooling momma of three. She wrote Free to be Incredible Me to empower all children to dare to be different and question social norms regarding gender. Through this book she hopes to spark more discussions about gender stereotypes surrounding boys and masculinity, and encourage more discussions about gender diversity, and gender expression particularly within amongst people of color.

"Who would you be, if you were free to be incredible?"

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A charming story that challenges gender stereotypes by encouraging boys to dance, accessorize, and most importantly, express emotion. Think of it as an introduction to confronting toxic masculinity!  Free to Be Incredible Me is a perfect addition to any inclusive library.

-- Jessica Herthel, co-author of I Am Jazz


We need more of these books – books challenging gender stereotypes and empowering children to be their fullest self, whatever that may look like, especially books that also portray people of color.⁣

-- Jamie Bruesehoff, LGBTQ advocate

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