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Children's Books About Trans Kids Thriving

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Trauma takes a back seat in these titles that center joy and resilience of transgender children. From delightful picture books to thoughtful chapter books to graphic novels set in fantasy worlds, check out an affirming story today.

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The Pants Project
Clarke, Cat, author.
Eleven-year-old Liv fights to change the middle school dress code requiring girls to wear a skirt and, along the way, finds the courage to tell his moms he is meant to be a boy.
Calvin
Ford, JR author.
A transgender boy prepares for the first day of school and introduces himself to his family and friends for the first time.
Too Bright To See
Lukoff, Kyle, author.
A ghost is haunting Bug's eerie old house in rural Vermont...and maybe haunting Bug in particular. As Bug begins to untangle the mystery of who this ghost is and what they're trying to say, an altogether different truth comes to light--Bug is transgender.
When Aidan Became A Brother
Lukoff, Kyle, author.
Aidan, a transgender boy, experiences complicated emotions as he and his parents prepare for the arrival of a new baby.
Both Can Be True
Machias, Jules, author.
Daniel and Ash cross paths when a pomeranian is about to be euthanized; the sensitive Dan rescues the dog and Ash offers to help on a day when they are female-presenting. As the friendship grows, Ash feels less and less able to be their full self -- sometimes male and sometimes female -- in front of Dan without knowing that both people find themselves constantly at war with their non-conforming identities.
My Rainbow
Neal, Trinity, author.
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.
Spin With Me
Polonsky, Ami, author.
Told in two voices, seventh-graders Essie, in North Carolina for just one semester, and Ollie, a non-binary, "gender weird" classmate, develop a gentle romance while Essie ponders her label.
The Deep & Dark Blue
Smith, Niki, author, artist.
When a political coup causes them to flee, Hawke and Grayson assume new identities as Hanna and Grayce to find the Communion of Blue, an order of magical women, and the twins hatch a plan to avenge their family and retake their home.
Girl Haven
Sturges, Lilah, author.
Ash and their friends from Pride Club are transported to a magical realm filled with human-sized talking animals who are fiercely protective of their world and are ready to fight to protect it.

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