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Affirming and Gender-Inclusive Books for Kids and Teens

Literature can be an incredibly powerful vehicle for facilitating change and fostering a strong and healthy sense of self. This book list features affirming and gender-inclusive book recommendations for kids and teens.

With the continued attacks on trans youth, we believe it’s more important than ever to nurture a community of readers who support all people for exactly who they are. We want every child to see themselves positively and accurately represented in the books they read, and for their identities and experiences to be normalized and affirmed. This book list includes characters who identify as transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, questioning, and more.

We hope that these books help children to feel both seen and loved, and open hearts and minds to embracing, supporting and fighting for people’s right to exist exactly as they are.

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Picture Books

When Aiden Became a Big Brother by Kyle Lukoff (Author), Kaylani Juanita (Illustrator)

My Rainbow by DeShanna & Trinity Neal (Authors), Art Twink (Illustrator)

The Spectacular Suit by Kat Patrick (Author), Hayley Wells (Illustrator)

Phoenix Goes to School by Michelle & Phoenix Finch (Authors), Sharon Davey (Illustrator)

I am Jazz by Jazz Jennings and Jessica Herthel (Authors), Shelagh McNicholas (Illustrator)

It Feels Good to Be Yourself: a Book About Gender Identity by Theresa Thorn (Author), Noah Grigni (Illustrator)

What Are Your Words?: a Book About Pronouns by Katherine Locke (Author), Anne Passchier (Illustrator)

Bodies are Cool by Tyler Feder (Author/Illustrator)

Ho’onani: Hula Warrior by Heather Gale (Author), Mika Song (Illustrator)

They, She, He as Easy as ABC by Maya Christina Gonzalez (Author), Matthew Sg (Illustrator)

My Maddy by Gayle E. Pitman (Author), Violet Tobacco (Illustrator)

Red: a Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall (Author/Illustrator)

From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea by Kai Chen Thom and Kai Yun Ching (Authors), Wai-Yant Li (Illustrator)

Call Me Max and Max and the Talent Show by Kyle Lukoff (Author), Luciano Lozano (Illustrator)

Neither by Airlie Anderson (Author/Illustrator)