Staff Picks: Trans, Nonbinary, and GNC Reads: Accessible Version with BARD & Bookshare Links

By NYPL Staff
May 28, 2021
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Join the Library in celebrating Pride Month throughout June. As part of our celebrations, our expert librarians have curated a new reading list of 100 titles for adults, kids, and teens that highlight transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming voices.

If you find it hard to read standard print, The New York Public Library's Andrew Heiskell Library provides free access to talking books, talking book players, braille, a talking book download website, and a free talking book and e-braille app for mobile devices. Learn more and apply.

Most of the books on the Staff Picks: Trans, Nonbinary, and GNC Reads list are available in one or more accessible formats. Find links to them below.

DB = available on BARD in talkingbook format and as a mailable talking book, available via the link or by mail (call us at 212-206-5400 to order a physical copy).

BR = available on BARD in braille format and as mailable physical braille, available via the link or by mail (call us at 212-206-5400 to order a physical copy).

BK = available through Bookshare via the link. All Heiskell members can gain access to Bookshare for free.



An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon: DBBK

Becoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman by Abby Chava Stein: DB, BK

Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton: BK

Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex by Eric A. Stanley & Nat Smith (eds.): BK

Fairest: A Memoir by Meredith Talusan: DB, BK

Funny Boy: A Novel by Shyam Selvadurai: BK

Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation by Kate Bornstein & S. Bear Bergman (eds.): BK

Grease Bats by Archie Bongiovanni: BK

Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents (Second Edition) by Irwin Krieger: BK

Hold Me (The Cyclone Series, Book #2) by Courtney Milan: DBBK

I'm Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya: BK

Lost Boi: A Novel by Sassafras Lowrey: BK

Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man by Thomas Page McBee: BK

Nonbinary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity by Micah Rajunov & Scott Duane (eds.): BK

Rocket Fantastic: Poems by Gabrielle Calvocoressi: BK

Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story—A Memoir by Jacob Tobia: DB, BK

Sorted: Growing Up, Coming Out, and Finding My Place—A Transgender Memoir by Jackson Bird: BK

Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg: BK

Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me by Janet Mock: BK

The Best Bad Things: A Novel by Katrina Carrasco: DB

The Black Tides of Heaven by Neon Yang: BK, DB

The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes by Diane Ehrensaft, PhD: BK

The House of Impossible Beauties: A Novel by Joseph Cassara: DBBK

The Thirty Names of Night: A Novel by Zeyn Joukhadar: BK

The Voice Book for Trans and Non-Binary People: A Practical Guide to Creating and Sustaining Authentic Voice and Communication by Matthew Mills & Gillie Stoneham: BK

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel: DBBK

Tomboy Survival Guide by Ivan Coyote: BK

To My Trans Sisters by Charlie Craggs (ed.): BK

Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability by Jack Halberstam: BK

Transforming: The Bible & the Lives of Transgender Christians by Austen Hartke: BK

Transgender History: The Roots of Today's Revolution by Susan Stryker: BK

Unmasked by the Marquess: The Regency Impostors by Cat Sebastian: BK

You and Your Gender Identity: A Guide to Discovery by Dara Hoffman-Fox, LPC: BK


Beyond the Gender Binary by Alok Vaid-Menon: BK

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas: DBBK

Dreadnought: Nemesis—Book 1 by April Daniels: DBBK

Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp: DBBK

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender: DBBK

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo: DBBK

I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver: DBBRBK

Love Beyond Body, Space & Time: An Indigenous LGBT Sci-Fi Anthology by Hope Nicholson, Erin Cossar & Sam Beiko (eds.): BK

Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee: BK

Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve: BK

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi: DBBK

Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by Arin Andrews: BK

Spy Stuff by Matthew J. Metzger: BK

Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith: BK

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin: DBBK

The Art of Being Normal: A Novel by Lisa Williamson: DB, BK

The Brilliant Death by A. R. Capetta: DB, BK

Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince: BK

Trans Teen Survival Guide by Owl and Fox Fisher: DBBK

When the Moon Was Ours: A Novel by Anna-Marie McLemore: DB, BR, BK


Ana on the Edge by A. J. Sass: DB, BR, BK

George by Alex Gino: DB, BK

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee: DB, BK

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan: DB, BR, BK

My Rainbow by Trinity and DeShanna Neal, illustrated by Art Twink: DB

Red Kite, Blue Kite by Ji-li Jiang: DB

The Boy & the Bindi by Vivek Shraya, illustrated by Rajni Perera: DB

The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith: BK

The Moon Within by Aida Salazar: DBBK

The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag: BK

When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita: BR

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller: DBBK

Zenobia July: A Novel by Lisa Bunker: DBBK