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Picture Books:

10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert

Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall

A House For Everyone by Jo Hirst

My Name is Jazz by Jazz Jennings and Jessica Herthel

Introducing Teddy by Jessica Walton

Morris Micklewhite & the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino

Be who you are by Todd Parr

Be who you are by Jennifer Carr

Right now I am fine (great to read to kids about anxiety) by Daniela Owen


Middle Grade:

Lily & Dunkin by Donna Gephart

The Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey

Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky

The Pants Project by Cat Clarke

Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson & Grace Ellis

Wandering Son by Shimura Takako

Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee


Young Adult: 

You and your gender identity by Dara Hoffman-Fox

Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger

If I was your Girl by Meredith Russo

Jess, Chunk, & the Roadtrip to Infinity by Kristin Elizabeth Clark

Beast by Brie Spangler

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz

Look Past by Eric Devine

Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark

When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin



What Makes a Baby by Cory Silverberg

Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg

Rethinking Normal by Katie Rain Hill

Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin

The Gender Quest Workbook

Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings


Books for Adults

Conscious Parent’s Guide to Gender Identity by Darlene Tando, LCSW

Far from the tree by Andrew Solomon (I recommend reading the first chapter, trans chapter and final chapter at the least)

Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt

Raising Ryland by Hillary Whittington & Kristine Gasbarre

The Transgender Child: A handbook for families and professionals by Brill & Pepper

The Gender Creative Child by Diane Ehrensaft, PhD

This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel

Gender Identity by Darlene Tando

She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Beyond the gender binary  by Alok Vaid-Menon

Books with Transboys:

•      When the Moon was Ours

•      The Other Boy

•      Parrotfish

•      Freakboy

•      Beyond Magenta

•      I am J

•      Some Assembly Required: The Not-So Secret Life of a Transgender Teen

•      Spy Stuff

•      Not Your Villain

Books With Transgirls:

•       If I Was Your Girl

•       Dreadnought

•       Luna

•       I am Jazz

•       The Art of Being Normal

•       Lily and Dunkin

•       Beast

•       Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity


Books with Nonbinary/Genderqueer/Gender Expansive characters:

•       Freakboy

•       Lizard Radio

•       Brooklyn Burning

•       Girl Mans Up

•       Lumberjanes

•       Symptoms of Being Human

•       Mask of Shadows

Books from Trans Voices:

·     One in Every Crowd by Ivan Coyote

An anthology of more than forty stories, One in Every Crowd blends humor and heartbreak to relate the struggles of LGBT middle and high schoolers. In particular, it's trans characters struggle with everything from deciding which label best fits them to choosing which bathrooms to use.

·     A + E 4ever by I Merey

A graphic novel is about two a) artistic, b) music-loving, c) Jewish, and d) genderqueer friends who consider becoming something more. From that line alone, I think it’s safe to say that we all desperately need this book.

·     First Spring Grass Fire by Rae Spoon

As their father’s schizophrenia tears away at their parents’ marriage, Rae begins to realize that they don’t fit into the gender binary as neatly as they thought they did.

·      The Unintentional Time Traveler by Everett Maroon

The Unintentional Time Traveler follows Jack, who participates in an experimental trial to cure his epilepsy and ends up displaced in time, caught in the body of a girl named Jacqueline.

·      Hello, Cruel World by Kate Bornstein

Part memoir, part gender theory, and part humorous advice, Hello, Cruel World offers alternatives to suicide for queer youth struggling to be themselves. As one Goodreads reviewer puts it, “This book is basically the “how-to” manual for the ‘It Gets Better’ project.”

·      Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz

Set in a futuristic world that takes cues from our own, Lizard Radio follows Kivali, whose nonconformist guardian thrusts her into a camp where teens are forced to choose who they are (boy or girl, leader or follower) in order to become adults. An examination of binaries of all kinds (but especially the gender binary), it is absolutely worth investing in the hardback now!

·      Roving Pack by Sassafras Lowrey

Roving Pack explores the world of queer homeless youth, a demographic that is often left behind even as the LGBT community makes strides. As Click, a trans kid, navigates throughout Portland, ze struggles not only with being genderqueer in a world that tries to force people into binaries but also with finding a place in the transgender community. An edgy and often painfully honest upper YA novel.

·      I Know Very Well How I Got My Name by Elliott DeLine

I Know Very Well How I Got My Name is not an easy read. Though it chronicles Dean’s journey from childhood to adolescence, the novel focuses above all on Dean’s relationship with Amy, the girl who teaches him about gender, sex, and love, and who becomes his best friend and first crush – before things become toxic. Trigger warnings for rape and bullying.

·      George by Alex Gino (middle grade/ middle school)

The story of a girl who wants to play Charlotte in her class’s rendition of Charlotte’s Web. But when her teacher refuses, calling her a boy, she devises a plan not only to get the part, but to make everyone understand who she is along the way.

·      If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

If I Was Your Girl takes a familiar YA trope – a teen with a secret moves to a new town – and turns it into a powerful examination of life post-transition.

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