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Children's Fiction Siblings

Still My Tessa

by (author) Sylv Chiang

illustrated by Mathias Ball

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Jan 2024
Siblings, Emotions & Feelings, LGBT
Recommended Age
3 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 3
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2024
    List Price

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A gently affirming story of the connection between siblings.


Evelyn is worried about Tessa. Tessa doesn’t want to play the same games they used to play together, but Evelyn is determined to find new ways to connect with her older sibling. And she is also learning to see Tessa as non-binary and using new pronouns for them. Evelyn learns quickly that it isn't hard. and helps others see that too.


Through the course of this heartfelt story, Evelyn reaffirms her connection to her sibling and shows those around them how to make the effort to support Tessa — with love.


Back matter includes information on gender and ways to be a kind and effective ally.

About the authors

SYLV CHIANG is a middle-grade teacher by day and a children’s book author by night. She wrote her middle-grade series, Cross Ups, for kids who love video games . . . maybe even more than they love books. Still My Tessa is Sylv’s first picture book. The inspiration for the story came from within her own family. Sylv grew up in Toronto and now lives with her family in Pickering, Ontario.

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MATHIAS BALL was born and raised in a small Canadian town on the coast of Lake Huron. They are a trans-identified artist and a graduate of the Illustration program at Sheridan College. Mathias also illustrated Every Body Is a Rainbow, written by Caroline Carter. Mathias’s dream is to illustrate a world depicting cute characters and lots of dogs. When he isn’t creating art, Mathias is most likely playing with his Shih Tzu, Lily.

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