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Joelle Retener

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β€’βœπŸ½#kidlit writer β€’πŸŽ‰πŸ¦„ Celebrating #genderdiversity β€’πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆProud #LGBTQIA ally β€’ ⬇️ Preorder your book now⬇️

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Officially ready for today’s book reading. Thanks @danfacemecca !!! #myfriendsgetme
When I first wrote my book it was about my kids. It was about teaching them to be unapologetic about who they are, and to just be true to themselves. I believed in the message, and wanted to share it with other children, other families who believed in these values. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € 🌈🌈🌈 Then I got a publisher, and I can’t lie...I got caught up in the numbers. Number of followers. Number of likes. Number of books preordered...I let these numbers consume me and serve as a measure of my book’s success...my success. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € 🌈🌈🌈 That’s why I am so grateful to @thesohfamily and @cruzy_play_ideas, and all the other families who take the time to show how me how impactful my book has been. Your heartfelt messages have truly moved me, and uplifted me in low moments. Thank you, for reminding me of the why behind me book.πŸ¦„πŸŒΈπŸ˜˜πŸ€—
Hey hey #dmvfamilies come join me for some #storytimefun @loyaltybooks on 8/10. There will be lots of singing, crafting and of course I will be reading my book! πŸ¦„πŸŒΈπŸŒˆ
Double tap if you can relate. Before becoming a parent I spent countless hours thinking about our future children. I daydreamed about all the things that we would do together and all the things that I wanted to teach them. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β€οΈπŸ’šπŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ§‘ The funny thing is that I never realized just how much I would learn from my kids. This tiny human has taught me so much about courage, and what it means to truly embrace your authentic self. You make me stronger every day little one 😘.
Talking to kids about gender and sexuality is not indoctrination, it’s education. It’s helping them to better understand the world around them so that they can grow up to be kind, loving, empathetic human beings. Check out @lindzamer recent Ted talk on this topic and their amazing web-series @queerkidstuff for more tips on how to broach these important topics with your little, and even a few big, people. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈 “I make queer media for kids because I wish I had this when I was their age. I make it so others don't have to struggle through what I did, not understanding my identity because I didn't have any exposure to who I could be. I teach and spread this message through joy and positivity instead of framing it around the hardships of queer life. I want kids to grow up and into themselves with pride for who they are and who they can be, no matter who they love or what they wear or what pronouns they use. And I want them to love others for their differences, not in spite of them.” —Lindsay Amer ❀️❀️❀️
When you’re a #writer and a #homeschoolingfamily you quickly realize that this is what a productive work day looks like.
Some people might wonder why we celebrate pride with our kids. To us it’s pretty simple. Because teaching them to not just accept but to love and embrace people that are different from them means actually exposing them to those very people. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈 Because we believe that ALL people are entitled to the same rights, freedoms, and protections. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈 Because here amidst all these beautifully diverse people from all walks of life, sexual orientations, gender identities, races and religions, my son is no longer a boy in a dress. He is just, a kid.
Over the past few weeks our sleepy suburb has been pulled into a heap of drama over a planned Drag Queen Story Hour. There were talks of protests, counter protests, police barricades, and lots of local media attention. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈 Despite the negative publicity, despite the hatred, and misinformation spewed, over a hundred people showed up to support the event. In the end, acceptance, tolerance, and love won β€οΈπŸ’™πŸ§‘πŸ’œπŸ’šπŸ’›.
🎢Summer summer summertime🎢
Double tap if you are still recovering from last weekend’s #pride celebrations πŸ–πŸ½. We had a great time at #prideinnj ! Came back with great memories and a terrible head cold 😭😭. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈 Thanks to everyone that came to #storytime! We had a blast! I can’t wait to do it again.
Love in its purest form.
Guess who will be at the North Jersey Pride Festival!! I am so excited 😁. To all my #northjersey and #nyc #rainbowfamilies bring your tiny humans and come hear me read my new book about crushing #gendernorms !
Free To Be Incredible Me has officially made its way across the pond!!! πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
In our house we STOMP STOMP STOP all over #gendernorms and #genderstereotypes !!
Go check out @thetinyacyivists new blog post to find out more about my passion for promoting #genderdiversity. Thanks for the feature @thetinyactivists! β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € • Repost from @thetinyactivists using @RepostRegramApp - Happy Saturday!  We didn’t post any Sound Off Saturday posts in May so we could focus on our fantastic Instagram collaboration and book recommendation challenge, but we are SO excited to be back! β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € • This week we’re featuring an individual who also took part in the challenge, author @ncredible_me Joelle-Elizabeth!  We hope you enjoy our chat, and learn as much as we did! .
Oh #bookexpo you were everything I expected and so much more. There were lots of laughs, smiles, connections made, and unexpected tears. 🌈🌈🌈 I am going home empowered, and with a renewed commitment to promoting #diversity #inclusion and #genderdiversity. Now time for a much deserved nap!!!
I clearly had way too much fun at my first #booksigning! Looking forward to tomorrow.
πŸ‘‹πŸ½ NY... Next stop #bookexpo

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