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I Love My Purse

I Love My Purse

By Belle DeMont
Illustrated by Sonja Wimmer
Interest Age: 4–7
Grade: p–2
Reading Level:
Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature:

Hardcover (Picture book) : 9781554519545, 36 pages, September 2017 , 9.20" x 8.90"
Paperback (Picture book) : 9781554519538, 36 pages, March 2020 , 9.00" x 9.00"
Rights sold: French


Now in paper, a little boy’s love for his bright red purse inspires others to be true to themselves


The award-winning picture book about Charlie’s unselfconscious determination to wear his purse is now available in paperback.


Charlie loves the bright red purse that his grandmother let him have. One day, he decides to take it to school. His father, then his friends, and even the crossing guard question him about his “strange” choice. But Charlie isn’t deterred. And soon his self-confidence starts to affect those around him. Thanks to Charlie, everyone around him realizes that it isn’t always necessary to conform to others’ expectations. It’s more important to be true to yourself.


  • Nominated, Blue Spruce Award 2018
  • Joint winner, Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award, Silver 2018
  • Joint winner, Notable Books for a Global Society 2018
  • Joint winner, Storytelling World Award 2019
  • Winner, Eric Hoffer Award, 1st Runner-up 2018
  • Nominated, Cybils Blogger’s Award 2017
  • Joint winner, Top 10 Recommended Reads, TD Summer Reading Club 2018
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2018
  • Short-listed, Storytelling World Award 2018
  • Nominated, Rainforest of Reading Award 2017
  • Joint winner, National Parenting Product Award 2018
  • Short-listed, Eric Hoffer First Horizon Award 2018
  • Joint winner, Children’s Literature Recommended Lists, Wisconsin State Reading Association 2019


“A winner for families and schools being more inclusive about breaking gender norms. ” 

- Waking Brain Cells, 10/03/17

“With his polite determination not to conform to other people’s gender expectations, Charlie is the heart of this delightful story. ”

- Quill & Quire, *starred review, 09/17

“Affirming of gender nonconformity. ”

- Kirkus Reviews, 07/15/17

“Delightfully inspiring. ” 

- Foreword Reviews, *starred review, 09/17

“Kudos to Charlie for his non-conformist ways. We could all take a lesson, and teach a lesson by sharing this book with our kids. ” 

- Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 05/16/18

“Refreshing and enjoyable, full of colorful and eye-catching illustrations. There is a good amount of diversity to keep the book from falling into a stereotypically white construct like so many others that look to gender or sexuality. ” 

- CM Reviews, 11/24/17

“A lovely, light-hearted tale about breaking from the norm. ”

- Resource Links, 12/17

“A wonderful story about self-expression. ” 

- CanLit for Little Canadians, 08/14/17