Books for Kids
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These readings explore gender identity and expression in a way that kids may understand and relate to. Books can be purchased online from national and local retailers, such as Two Rivers Books and Powell's Books.
2010. Cheryl Kilodavis
Dyson loves pink, sparkly things. Sometimes he wears dresses. Sometimes he wears jeans. He likes to wear his princess tiara, even when climbing trees. He’s a Princess Boy.
2014. Sara Hoffman and Ian Hoffman
Jacob loves playing dress-up, when he can be anything he wants to be. Some kids at school say he can't wear "girl" clothes, but Jacob wants to wear a dress to school. Can he convince his parents to let him wear what he wants? This heartwarming story speaks to the unique challenges faced by boys who don't identify with traditional gender roles.
2010. Maya Gonzalez
GENDER NOW is meant to provide reflection and support unity by showing multiple genders standing together. It is a specific opportunity to create balance and awareness by including gender expressions that are under-represented in our current culture.
2016. Jessica Walton
Introducing Teddy introduces the youngest readers to understanding gender identity and transition in an accessible and heart-warming story about being true to yourself and being a good friend.
2013. Talcott Broadhead
"Meet Polkadot," is an accessible story of a non-binary, transgender child navigating a gender restrictive world.
2014. Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
The story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transkids everywhere
2010. Jennifer Carr
Be Who You Are strives to build a bridge of understanding in a world that is only starting to accept the differences among people. Be Who You Are lets readers experience Hope's gender awareness and expression as a child who knows herself to be a girl despite being born in a boy's body. Hope's family plays a critical role in the story as they come to terms with and accept Hope's decision to transition from being labeled as a boy to living as herself, a girl.
2011. Jacinta Bunnell and Nathaniel Kusinitz
We have the power to change fairy tales and nursery rhymes so that these stories are more realistic. This [coloring] book pushes us beyond rigid gender expectations while we color fantastic beasts who like pretty jewelry and princesses who build rocket ships. Celebrate sensitive boys, tough girls, and others who do not fit into a disempowering gender categorization.