Trans and Nonbinary Reads for Kids

21 Books Found

  • Ana on the Edge

    Twelve-year-old figure skater Ana strives to win her competitions while learning about gender identity—Ana's own and that of a new friend—and how to navigate the best path forward.
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  • The Boy & the Bindi

    Illustrated by Rajni Perera | A five-year-old South Asian boy becomes fascinated with his mother's bindi, the red dot commonly worn by Hindu women, and wants one of his own. She teaches him the magic of the bindi, which in turn gives him permission to be more fully himself.
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  • The Cardboard Kingdom

    Over one eventful summer, a neighborhood of kids turn ordinary cardboard boxes into an imaginative kingdom. One of the main characters uses an explicitly female persona to explore questions of his identity and belonging.
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  • Ciel

    Translated by David Homel | Ciel, a gender nonconforming transgender kid with a popular YouTube channel, navigates school, friendship, and a long-distance relationship.
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  • The Deep & Dark Blue

    After a terrible coup usurps their noble house, Hawke and Grayson flee and assume new identities. They find the Communion of Blue, an order of magical women who spin the threads of reality to their will, and begin to hatch a plan to retake their home.
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  • Dragon Pearl

    To keep the family safe, Min’s mother forbids them from using any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. But Min feels hemmed in by the rules and resents endless chores. She would like nothing more than to escape her planet and follow her brother into the Space Forces.
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  • From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea

    Illustrated by Wai-Yant Li & Kai Yun Ching | Miu Lan is not just any child, but one who can change into any shape they can imagine. The only problem is they can’t decide what to be: A boy or a girl? A bird or a fish? A flower or a shooting star?
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  • George

    People see Melissa as a boy but she knows she's a girl. She desperately wants to play Charlotte in the class play of Charlotte's Web, but when the teacher says she can't even try out, she comes up with a plan. Not just to get the part—but to show everyone who she really is.
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  • A House for Everyone

    Illustrated by Naomi Bardoff | Jackson is a boy who likes to wear dresses. Ivy is a girl who likes her hair cut really short. Alex doesn't feel like 'just' a boy, or 'just' a girl. They are all the same, they are all different—but they are all friends.
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  • It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity

    Illustrated by Noah Grigni | With child-friendly language and vibrant art, this sweet, straightforward exploration of gender identity gives young readers and parents the vocabulary to discuss this important topic with sensitivity.
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  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor

    In this second book in the series, Thor's hammer is missing again—and it's fallen into enemy hands! If Magnus Chase and friends (including newcomer Alex, who's gender-fluid) can't retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants.
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  • The Moon Within

    Celi Rivera, a mixed Black, Puerto Rican, and Indigenous Mexican 11-year-old, is shy about her approaching period, and is horrified that her mom wants to hold a traditional public ceremony to celebrate it. At the same time her best friend is contemplating an even bigger change.
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  • My Maddy

    Illustrated by Violet Tobacco | A child celebrates her Maddy, who is neither mommy nor daddy but a little bit of both, like so many wonderful things in nature.
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  • My Rainbow

    Illustrated by Art Twink | A dedicated mom puts love into action as she creates the perfect rainbow-colored wig for her transgender daughter, based on the real-life experience of mother-daughter advocate duo Trinity and DeShanna Neal.
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  • One of a Kind, Like Me / Único como yo

    Illustrated by Robert Liu-Trujillo, translated by Teresa Mlawer | This charming bilingual book is based on a true story about the author’s son who wanted to be a princess in a purple dress for Halloween.
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  • Snapdragon

    The rumor is there's a witch. But Jacks is just a crocks-wearing old lady who sells roadkill skeletons online. It's creepy, sure, but kind of cool. They make a deal to help each other. But Snap starts to realize that Jacks may have real magic—and a connection with Snap's past.
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  • Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution!

    Illustrated by Teshika Silver | Sylvia and Marsha are closer than sisters. They are kind and brave and not afraid to speak their truth, even when it makes other people angry. Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson were two trans women of color who fought for LGBTQ+ rights.
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  • When Aidan Became a Brother

    Illustrated by Kaylani Juanita | A young transgender boy who has already come out to his parents and found acceptance anticipates his new job as a big brother by helping his parents prepare for his baby sibling’s arrival.
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  • Who Are You? The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity

    Illustrated by Naomi Bardoff | This primer on sex, gender, and identity is ideal for caregivers and educators to share with children. It presents clear and direct language for understanding and talking about how we experience our bodies, our expression, and our identity.
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  • The Witch Boy

    In 13-year-old Aster's family, the girls are raised to be witches, while boys grow up to be shapeshifters. But Aster still hasn't shifted... and he's still fascinated by witchery. When a mysterious danger threatens the other boys, Aster knows he can help—as a witch.
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  • Zenobia July: A Novel

    Twelve-year-old Zenobia July, an excellent coder and hacker, investigates a mystery while wrestling with the challenges of a new school, a new family, and presenting her true gender for the first time.
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