Door by Door: How Sarah McBride Became America's First Openly Transgender Senator

by Meeg Pincus (Author) Meridth McKean Gimbel (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

A nonfiction picture book about Delaware State Senator Sarah McBride, who dreamed of making a difference as a kid and grew up to become the highest-ranking openly transgender political official in America.

As a kid, Sarah McBride dreamed of running for office so she could help people in her community. When her friends asked for bicycles for Christmas, Sarah asked for a podium. Her friends and family encouraged her to follow this path, but there was one problem: they saw Sarah as a boy, and Sarah knew she was a girl. Every night, she'd replay the day in her head, watching how it would have played out if she was able to live as the girl she knew herself to be.

In college, she finally came out as Sarah, and in 2020 she won her election to become a Delaware State Senator, making her the highest-ranking trans political official in the country and a hero to kids everywhere who want to live their dreams and be themselves!

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Kirkus Reviews

Informative and absorbing, this is an enjoyable and uplifting read.

School Library Journal

Gr 2-5--This heartwarming biography begins with McBride's childhood and goes through her win as state senator. The book's framework is to pivot during key moments of her life between her two truths, which Pincus makes clear from the first page: McBride's love of politics and her realization that she, assigned male at birth, was a girl. With roughly 30 words per page, the story is easily a read-aloud for classes and Gimbel's illustrations show her pathway into politics and inner struggle to come out as transgender. The full-color illustrations are at times whimsical (McBride received a podium for Christmas as a child to practice speeches) and during darker moments of the story are sparse emotional snapshots (such as the image of McBride crying in her sleep as a college student). Additionally, the images show racial diversity in the schools she attended, at her university, and in her political forays, and diverse ability, with a child in a wheelchair watching election results. The book has a short author's note, a brief note from McBride, a glossary of political terms, an explanation on how to be an ally to transgender people, and a bibliography. VERDICT This is a recommended purchase for libraries.--Vi Ha

Copyright 2023 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Meeg Pincus
Meeg is the author of several nonfiction picture books, including Miep and the Most Famous Diary: The Woman Who Rescued Anne Frank's Diary (2019), which received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal, and Winged Wonders: Solving the Monarch Migration Mystery (2020) from Sleeping Bear Press. Her books have won a variety of awards and been named to many state reading lists. Find out more at

Meridth McKean Gimbel is an illustrator, author, and world-champion taco cruncher whose work has received many awards, including the National SCBWI-LA Mentorship Award. They are passionate about creating books that are like a snuggly blanket, an open window, and a very accessible door. Meridth is also passionate about donuts, corgis, and ghost stories. Learn more at
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Crown Books for Young Readers
Publication date
May 20, 2023
BISAC categories
BIO000000 - Biography & Autobiography | General
Library of Congress categories
Transgender people
McBride, Sarah
Transgender legislators

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