Jonathan Van Ness, the sweet and sassy stylist of the Queer Eye gang, has penned his first children’s book.
Van Ness has recently opened up about his own gender identity of feeling non-binary- like he doesn’t fit into one gendered box or another. Jonathan has also been honest and open with his fans about his struggles with self-love, and his journey to accepting himself for who he really is.
He has discussed a lot of his thoughts about it on Netflix’s Queer Eye, on his podcast Getting Curious and now he has written a book to encourage kids to love and celebrate themselves too.
Peanut Goes For Gold is illustrated by Gillian Reid and will be released at the end of March by Harper Collins. The publisher describes the book as “a charming, funny, and heartfelt picture book that follows the adventures of Peanut, a gender non-binary guinea pig who does everything with their own personal flare.”
“Peanut Goes for the Gold is a charming, funny, and heartfelt picture book that follows the adventures of Peanut, a gender non-binary guinea pig who does everything with their own personal flare. Peanut just has their own unique way of doing things. Whether it’s cartwheeling during basketball practice or cutting their own hair, this little guinea pig puts their own special twist on life. So when Peanut decides to be a rhythmic gymnast, they come up with a routine that they know is absolutely perfect, because it is absolutely, one hundred percent Peanut. This upbeat and hilarious picture book, inspired by Jonathan’s own childhood guinea pig, encourages children to not just be themselves but to boldly and unapologetically love being themselves. Jonathan Van Ness brings his signature message of warmth, positivity, and self-love to this boldly original picture book that celebrates the joys of being true to yourself and the magic that comes from following your dreams.”
Harper Collins executive David Linker told People magazine that Van Ness is the perfect person to spread the message of self-acceptance and inclusivity:
“Just like Peanut, Jonathan embodies the idea that no dream is impossible when you put your whole heart into it and I’m so thrilled to have had the opportunity to help Jonathan translate that spirit into his amazing first-ever book for kids.”