25 Recent Picture Books with Transgender and Nonbinary Characters

25 Recent Picture Books with Transgender and Nonbinary Characters

Today is the Transgender Day of Visibility, so I’m celebrating by rounding up 25 (!) picture books with transgender and/or nonbinary characters that have been published in 2020 and 2021 alone. (I’ll also show you how to find older trans-inclusive kids’ books and ones for and about trans parents.)

Picture books with transgender and/or nonbinary characters

Here’s the list of books—click through to read short (and sometimes long) reviews for each.

  1. Sam Is My Sister, by Ashley Rhodes-Courter and illustrated by MacKenzie Haley
  2. The Little Library, by Margaret McNamara and illustrated by G. Brian Karas
  3. The Bare Naked Book, by Kathy Stinson and illustrated by Melissa Cho
  4. Toby Wears a Tutu, by Lori Starling and illustrated by Anita Dufalla
  5. We Are Little Feminists: Families, by Archaa Shrivastav and illustrated by Lindsey Blakely (board book)
  6. Over the Shop, by JonArno Lawson and illustrated by Qin Leng
  7. Were I Not a Girl: The Inspiring and True Story of Dr. James Barry, by Lisa Robinson and illustrated by Lauren Simkin Berke
  8. My Rainbow, by Deshanna and Trinity Neal and illustrated by Art Twink
  9. My Maddy, by Gayle E. Pitman and illustrated by Violet Tobacco
  10. Max on the Farm (Max and Friends Book 3), by Kyle Lukoff and illustrated by Luciano Lozano
  11. She’s My Dad!: A Story for Children Who Have a Transgender Parent or Relative, by Sarah Savage and illustrated by Joules Garcia
  12. The Name I Call Myself, by Hasan Namir and illustrated by Cathryn John
  13. Jamie and Bubbie: A Book About People’s Pronouns, by Afsaneh Moradian and illustrated by Maria Bogade
  14. A More Graceful Shaboom, by Jacinta Bunnell and illustrated by Crystal Vielula
  15. Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution! The Story of the Trans Women of Color Who Made LGBTQ+ History, by Joy Ellison and illustrated by Teshika Silver
  16. Love Remains: A Rosh Hashanah Story of Transformation, by Jessica Leving, Rabbi Ari Moffic and illustrated by Teddi Garson
  17. I’m Not a Girl: A Transgender Story, by Jessica Verdi and Maddox Lyons, illustrated by Dana Simpson
  18. Raven Wild (Promised Land Tales Book 3), by Adam Reynolds, Caitlin Spice, and Chaz Harris, illustrated by Bo Moore and Christine Luiten
  19. The Fighting Infantryman: The Story of Albert D. J. Cashier, Transgender Civil War Soldier, by Rob Sanders and illustrated by Nabi Ali
  20. No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History, edited by Keila V. Dawson and Lindsay H. Metcalf and illustrated by Jeanette Bradley
  21. My Dad Thinks I’m a Boy?!: A Trans Positive Children’s Book, written and illustrated by Sophie Labelle
  22. Hooray, What A Day!/¡Viva, Qué Día! written and illustrated by Molly Allis
  23. Porcupine Cupid, by Jason June and illustrated by Lori Richmond
  24. Peanut Goes for the Gold, by Jonathan Van Ness and illustrated by Gillian Reid
  25. My Name Is Troy, by Christian A’Xavier Lovehall and illustrated by Chamar M. Cooper

To search for books in my database published before 2020 with trans and/or nonbinary characters (and there are some good ones!), choose the age category you want, and start typing either “trans” or “nonbinary” into the Tag field. You’ll see a number of options come up (for trans boys, trans girls, etc.). Choose the one you want. Note that if you choose multiple tags at once, the books that appear will be ones that include ALL of those types of characters. That can be useful if you want to match that tag with, say, a tag for a racial or cultural identity (e.g., to find books with Black trans boys), but may also mean that you’ll get fewer results than if you search for one tag at a time. If you’re looking for grown-up books for and about trans (or other LGBTQ) parents, try the Memoir, Anthology, and/or Parenting Guide tags, too.

Even as we celebrate trans lives and trans resilience today and mark the first-ever presidential proclamation of TDOV, let’s remember that there’s still lots of work to do before trans people, from children to elders, attain full equality and inclusion. May we all recommit to continuing the work.

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