November 12-19 is Transgender Awareness Week, a time to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and address the issues the community faces. Learn more on GLAAD’s website and check out one of these books on being trans for adults and kids.
Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition by Julia Kaye
Julia’s poignant, relatable comics honestly depict her personal ups and downs while dealing with the various issues involved in transitioning. Super Late Bloomer both educates and inspires, as Julia faces her difficulties head-on and commits to being wholly, authentically who she was always meant to be.
Before I Had the Words: On Being a Transgender Young Adult by Skylar Kergil
Before I Had the Words is the story of what came before the videos and what happened behind the scenes. From early childhood memories to the changes and confusion brought by adolescence, Skylar reflects on coming of age while struggling to understand his gender.
Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride
Sarah McBride is on a mission to fight for transgender rights around the world. But before she was a prominent activist, and before she became the first transgender person to speak at the Democratic National Convention in 2016, she was a teenager struggling with her identity.
Little Fish by Casey Plett
Wendy Reimer is a thirty-year-old trans woman who comes across evidence that her late grandfather–a devout Mennonite farmer–might have been transgender himself. At first she dismisses this revelation, however Wendy is drawn to the lost pieces of her grandfather’s life, becoming determined to unravel the mystery of his truth.
This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
When grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl. Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes.
Flocks by L. Nichols
L. Nichols, a trans man, artist, engineer and father of two, was born in rural Louisiana, assigned female and raised by conservative Christians. Flocks is his memoir of that childhood, and of his family, friends and community.
Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings
Teen advocate and trailblazer Jazz Jennings—named one of “The 25 Most Influential Teens” of the year by Time—shares her very public transgender journey, as she inspires people to accept the differences in others while they embrace their own truths.
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
A newcomer to a Tennessee community hides the secret about her gender reassignment that forces her to keep potential new friends at arm’s length before meeting easygoing Grant, who captures her heart and who she fears will not accept the complicated realities of her life.
George by Alex Gino
People may see a boy, but George knows she’s a girl, but her teacher says she can’t even try out for the part of Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web. . . because she’s a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.
Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
One day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes — and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?