Books to Grow With
Hi, my name is Garren and I'm a Youth Librarian at Bennett Martin Library. Children start developing their own gender identity around 3 years old, and this doesn't always match up with what's on their birth certificate. Here are some books to help talk with your kids about transgender identity.
Jamie & Bubbie: A Book About People's Pronouns
Jamie's grandmother is visiting and keeps making incorrect gender assumptions about people in the neighborhood for reasons like hair style or clothing. Kids learn how it's good manners to use "they" or a person's name if they don't know their pronouns.
I'm Not a Girl by Maddox Lyons and Jessica Verdi
A transgender boy is worried about school picture day because people want him to dress like a girl. At first it seems like everyone wants to label him a "tomboy" but his parents listen when he tells them he's a boy.
My Rainbow by Trinity and DeShanna Neal
Trinity is a transgender girl who has trouble growing her hair out because of sensitivity from her autism, but she wants longer hair. Her mom helps out by creating a rainbow wig.
When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Kyle Lukoff
When Aidan's parents tell him they're having another child, he realizes he's about to become a big brother. But what if people make the wrong assumptions about the new baby like they did about him? He learns that loving and listening are key.