The Official Transgender Library

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Annie’s Plaid Shirt

Annie loves her plaid shirt and wears it everywhere. But one day her mom tells Annie that she must wear a dress to her uncle’s wedding. A…

Peanut Goes for the Gold

I must share this amazing book! PEANUT GOES FOR THE GOLD by Jonathan Van Ness is about a guinea pig named Peanut who identifies as non-binary. They love banana pancakes, cartwheels, and hula-hoops. When Peanut announces they are going to become a rhythmic gymnast, everyone pitches in to help make their dream come true.

My Awesome Aunty

My Awesome Aunty book. Read reviews from world’s largest community for readers. My Awesome Aunty is a children’s book that centres around a child’s fears…

My Awesome Uncle

My Awesome Uncle book. Read reviews from world’s largest community for readers.

Phoenix Goes to School

I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** The current publication date for Phoenix Goes to School: A Story to Support Transgender and Gender Diverse Children is July 19, 2018 4.5 stars I believe that we need more diverse reads for children, and this one did not disappoint.

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

I read this book to a group of first and second graders recently and they loved it! The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous and engaging, and the stI read this book to a group of first and second graders recently and they loved it!

From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea

I am so into this book! Asian-inflected magical shape-shifting genderqueer baby! Told in a quasi-folk tale style. “Once upon a time, in a little blue house on a hill on the edge of town, a baby was born. they were born when both the moon and the sun were in the sky, so the baby couldn’t decide what to be.

Introducing Teddy

A copy of this novel was provided by Bloomsbury Australia & Allen and Unwin for review. Introducing Teddy was, in one word: gorgeous. I also think that everyone should read it, so here I have a nifty list just for you, detailing all the reasons why Introducing Teddy should be on your TBR.

When Aidan Became A Brother

AHHHH SO GOOD!! What i love the most is that this picture book uses explicit language when describing the protagonist as trans, which helps kids have a better understanding of gender. It also explores how being trans/nonbinary can make the subject of a new sibling can be hard for a kid who was misgendered at birth and early on in life.

I’m a Girl!

This is the story of a young girl who likes to do lots of the same things as boys do and is sometimes mistaken for a boy. It’s not that she doesn’t like doing things that other girls do – sometimes she does.

Bunnybear

Although Bunnybear was born a bear, he feels more like a bunny. He prefers bouncing in the thicket to tramping in the forest, and in his …

They, She, He Easy as ABC

This book works a lot better than They She He Me: Free to Be! . It’s an alphabet book, and each letter is a rhyming couplet about a different child being active in some way — so you get to practice various pronouns, because the kid gets named in the first line (the alphabet letter) and then is referred to in the third person in the second line.

My Awesome Sister

My Awesome Sister book. Read reviews from world’s largest community for readers. My Awesome Sister is a children’s book that centres around a child whose…

Who Are You?

Who Are You? book. Read 83 reviews from the world’s largest community for readers. What do you like? How do you feel? Who are you?This brightly illustr…

They She He Me

This book is weird. The first 18 pages are just series of people with pronouns — you get two 2-page-spreads of Me, 2 of He, 2 of She, 2 of They, and then one of alternating Ze and Tree.

Julián Is a Mermaid

Truth be told I indeed do find the internal messages featured in Jessica Love’s Julian is a Mermaid about being yourself, about accepting who you are and what appeals to you, while certainly important and essential, also a bit too much of having been presented over and over again in far too many recently published picture books (although yes, I also very much consider Julian’s abuela, I find his grandmother an absolute gem, especially that she does not ever verbally criticise her grandson after…more

I Am Jazz

Okay, so I found this one for a “banned book” challenge and I’ll admit, I’ve been really curious about it ever since. And my overwhelming impression – mixed feelings. Very, very mixy-feelings on it. And I honestly debated whether I should review it at all…but what is the point of GR if it isn’t to bring about discussion on difficult topics?

My Dad Thinks I’m a Boy?!

Early Tales of Stephie I’ve been a fan of Sophie Labelle’s online comic, ‘Assigned Male’ since I first came across it, some years agoq, a year or so into the story. While the earlier history has been hinted at in pieces, this is the first real look at her early life.

Call Me Tree

Call Me Tree is a realistic story about self-acceptance and a celebration of staying true to one’s self. I loved the the theme of this book also. This book uses metaphors to talk about how people and their characteristics are important and should not be shamed. Everyone is strong and is unique.

Jamie

What happens when you don’t have a fairy godmother to grant your every wish? Jamie doesn’t. So she finds her own way to go to the ball. …

Jacob’s New Dress

Though this book will rub some people the wrong way, it’s about acceptance. Children need unconditional love and to express themselves in ways are sometimes uncomfortable for others. I appreciate that one boy at school doesn’t accept Jacob, because that’s life!

My Awesome Brother

My Awesome Brother book. Read reviews from world’s largest community for readers. My Awesome Brother is a children’s book that centres around a child who…

Sparkle Boy

Sparkle Boy book. Read 153 reviews from the world’s largest community for readers. Casey loves to play with his blocks, puzzles, and dump truck, but he a…

Neither

This is a simple little picture book with an important message. It’s timely, showing children that being inclusive is a good thing. When a little half-bird/half-bunny creature is born in the Land of This and That, they immediately identify themselves as Both.

The Boy & The Bindi

A young boy is fascinated by his mother’s bindi in this rhyming picture-book from Canadian artist and author Vivek Shraya. Attracted to the “bright and pretty spot,” he is given a poetic explanation of what a bindi is and does, keeping one “safe and true,” and reminding the wearer of where she comes from.

Red

This book for children about being transgender, is Wait, what? I thought this was about crayons. Yes. A blue crayon with a red label. A crayon that “presents” as red but colors blue and leaves everyone confused and baffled. I mean, no matter what Red tries to do, he colors blue.

Jack

I was excited about this book — though a little hesitant since it’s about an older sibling learning her young sibling wants to be called Jack, not Jackie, and “story told from the POV of a cis sibling/etc. of a trans person” has felt overdone for years. Spoilers: Would not recommend.

It Feels Good to Be Yourself

God bless this book. It’s a little teachy, but the illustrations are colorful, and the text is fairly simple. It introduces kids to concepts around gender identity, and here’s the part where I was all, “God bless this book”: See, when you were born, you couldn’t tell people who you were or how you felt.

Pre-Teen/Adolescence

The Pants Project

Yes, there are plenty of girls who didn’t want to wear skirts, but put up with it, likely believing that they were the only one who was uncomfortable Yes, there are plenty of girls who didn’t want to wear skirts, but put up with it, likely believing that they were the only one who was uncomfortable (a very common experience for girls – especially young girls – is believing that YOU are the source of your problems, that it’s your fault for not liking skirts, it’s your fault for not being girly enough, etc…)

The Ship We Built

It depends on the middle schooler. There are hints of abuse that the main character is obviously too traumatized to directly address. Those were the mIt depends on the middle schooler. There are hints of abuse that the main character is obviously too traumatized to directly address.

Gracefully Grayson

No, because being gay is a sexual orientation, not a gender identity, which are two different things.No, because being gay is a sexual orientation, not a gender identity, which are two different things.

Zenobia July

Okay, I really feel the need to have two separate reviews for this one. First, the story itself. It was…okay, but there was some pretty big issues with it, mainly with regards to the hacking.

The Moon Within

3.5? Celi is dealing with a big crush, her impending period, and her best friend beginning to live his authentic life as genderfluid/xochiuah. I really, really love that there’s a book about a menstruation.

Spin with Me

Disclaimer: I received a free digital advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Oh, my, gosh this book was adorable. I felt like both Ollie and Essie were easy to relate to, even if you don’t directly identify with them.

Cattywampus

Cattywampus book. Read 23 reviews from the world’s largest community for readers. The magical story of a hex that goes haywire, and the power of friendsh…

George

I have yet to read either book, however, I believe the main difference (and the reason George is getting more press) is that George is written by a trI have yet to read either book, however, I believe the main difference (and the reason George is getting more press) is that George is written by a trans author who is extremely active in the LGBTQ+ community whereas Gracefully Grayson is written by a cis author.

Ana on the Edge

Lots of love for this story of a nonbinary figure skater. Twelve-year-old Ana is trying to figure out her (she decides that she/her is okay, at least for now) place in the world and in this very gendered sport, with the help of her family, her skating community, and some new friends.

The Other Boy

This book isn’t the perfect transgender narrative, yet it’s pretty close for a middle grade read. Albeit, I’m sure critics will say that Shane’s parents were on the extremely supportive side and that’s extremely rare, I loved looking through the lens of a preteen in transition because it made me think about how I’d support my students in this position.

Lily and Dunkin

by the end of the book everyone gets it right but there was indeed an awful lot of misgendering in the book, mostly because of the narrative structureby the end of the book everyone gets it right but there was indeed an awful lot of misgendering in the book, mostly because of the narrative structure (Dunkin is one of the two POV’s of the book and Lily doesn’t come out to him as trans until very close to the end.)

The Deep & Dark Blue

Really charming trans graphic novel. This is only the second graphic novel I’ve ever read so I’m still getting used to processing story lines in that format and can’t really comment on any of that (especially because I read an ARC with no color, and I think color would’ve helped me differentiate between characters better), but I loved the trans storyline and lbr that’s what I was there for.

How to Understand Your Gender

This book is a great resource for lots of people in my opinion. Maybe the most useful for people starting to question their gender for the first time.But also as a tool for people trying to understand their gender journey.

A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns

It will take you fifteen minutes to read this little comic book. It will probably take you almost as long to read this review! The book is written and illustrated by Archie (non-binary, who uses they/them pronouns) and Tristan (cis male, who uses he/him).

Almost Perfect

Most of us, I suspect, have “met somebody” who would be just perfect, except… I look back on some of my “almost perfects,” and I cringe at what a douchebag I was. Logan has just broken up with Brenda, and he’s not optimistic about his prospects.

Beyond Magenta

I just finished reading that section, and while I agree it’s important to respect people’s personal narratives, I think the author/interviewer could hI just finished reading that section, and while I agree it’s important to respect people’s personal narratives, I think the author/interviewer could have done a better job at contextualizing it.

Wandering Son Series

放浪息子 in JapaneseManga series by Shimura Takako Wandering Son, Vol. 1, Wandering Son, Vol. 2, Wandering Son, Vol. 3, Wandering Son, Vol. 4, Wandering So…

Stay Gold

You probably meant this question for the author to respond to, but as someone looking forward to reading this book I want to put in my 2 cents. You probably meant this question for the author to respond to, but as someone looking forward to reading this book I want to put in my 2 cents.

A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities

A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities book. Read 332 reviews from the world’s largest community for readers. In this quick and easy guide to q…

Parrotfish

I loved this SO much more than Luna, which is kind of interesting considering I didn’t like Hard Love, the other Wittlinger book I’ve read, very much, whereas I loved the other books of Julie Anne Peters. I think the key difference that meant I enjoyed this one more was that in Luna, the trans character was a guy, Liam.

Rethinking Normal

A trans woman’s biography through her transition and life after that. It’s not an easy read, especially what happens to Katie at school makes me incredibly sad for her and angry at this dysfunctional institution. I can’t fathom how other teachers would just stand by and watch a student being tortured like that, it makes my blood boil.

I am J

Imagine being someone who was assigned female at birth, only to realize they aren’t actually female. To feel more male than anything must be a complicated thing, and this book by Cris Beam goes in depth of how frustrating and confusing this time can be. It is a tale of self-discovery and determination.

I Wish You All the Best

I initially rated this 4 stars but after reading a few reviews I changed my mind.. I enjoyed the overall story a lot but the side characters were all incredibly boring and have little to no personality (except for Mariam but even they didn’t really get much.

All Boys Aren’t Blue

I received an ALC of this book from the publisher through Libro FM in exchange of an honest review CW: grief, cancer, illness and death of loved ones, sexual assault, physical assault, use of slurs, trauma, sexual content. I quite frankly do not know how to start with this book or where to start because it was that powerful.

Gender

This was really good! It presented a ton of information in bite-sized nuggets and did a great job of not seeming condescending or angry. Instead, it was non-biased and incredibly informative, regardless of what your stances are on the emergence of new understandings of gender.

When the Moon Was Ours

Such a ridiculously beautiful magical realism YA about the process of claiming your gender and identity, your body, your name, and how to best support and love someone in that process. For so many reasons – the writing, the PoC (Latina and South Asian) representation, the trans representation, the on-page sex – I am so excited this book is in the world.

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

You can either buy it (Digital copies from Google Books, Audible, etc., physical copies from Amazon, bookstores, etc.) or check it out at the library.You can either buy it (Digital copies from Google Books, Audible, etc., physical copies from Amazon, bookstores, etc.) or check it out at the library.

If I Was Your Girl

As others have mentioned, this book was written by a trans woman. If you’re curious about reading more literature by trans women while you’re waiting As others have mentioned, this book was written by a trans woman.

Stealing Thunder

Many thanks to Berkley Publishing Group for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review DNF @ page 50 Where to begin? Let me start by saying that I WON’T be discussing the trans and desi representations even though I have heard there are issues with them.

Felix Ever After

Felix Ever After book. Read 1,019 reviews from the world’s largest community for readers. From Stonewall and Lambda Award-winning author Kacen Callender …

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