Gender Diversity Books for Kids

Looking for some great books to help you explore gender diversity with children? Our Children’s Librarians put together this excellent list. All are available through Minuteman.

Picture Books:
wormlovesworm
Worm Loves Worm by  J. J. Austrian
Two worms in love decide to get married, and with help from Cricket, Beetle, Spider, and the Bees they have everything they need and more, but which one will be the bride and which the groom?

 

 

morrisMorris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino
A young boy faces adversity from classmates when he wears an orange dress at school.

 

 

redcrayonRed: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
Red’s factory-applied label clearly says that he is red, but despite the best efforts of his teacher, fellow crayons and art supplies, and family members, he cannot seem to do anything right until a new friend offers a fresh perspective.

 

 

 

jacobdressJacob’s New Dress by Sarah and Ian Hoffman
Jacob, who likes to wear dresses at home, convinces his parents to let him wear a dress to school too.

 

 

bigbobBig Bob, Little Bob by James Howe
Big Bob likes trucks and throwing balls and being loud. Little Bob likes dolls and jingling bracelets and being quiet. No matter what they do, they do not do it the same way. Can they possibly be friends despite these differences?

 

myprincessboyMy Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis
A four-year-old boy loves dressing up in princess clothing. “A nonfiction picture book about acceptance … to give children and adults a tool to talk about unconditional friendship”

 

 

 

Chapter Books :

lilyLily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
Lily Jo McGrother, born Timothy McGrother, is a girl. But being a girl is not so easy when you look like a boy. Especially when you’re in the eighth-grade. Norbert Dorfman, nicknamed Dunkin Dorfman, is bipolar and has just moved from the New Jersey town he’s called home for the past thirteen years. This would be hard enough, but the fact that he is also hiding from a painful secret makes it even worse. One summer morning, Lily Jo McGrother meets Dunkin Dorfman, and their lives forever change.

georgeGeorge by Alex Gino
When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl. George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . 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.

theotherboyThe Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey
Since twelve-year old Shane moved to a new town, he has been concealing the fact he was born a girl, but when one of his classmates learns he is a transgender, Shane must deal with the reactions of his entire community.

 

 

 

famfletcherThe misadventures of the family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy
Relates the adventures of a family with two fathers, four adopted boys, and a variety of pets as they make their way through a school year, Kindergarten through sixth grade, and deal with a grumpy new neighbor.

 

 

gracefullyGracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky
Grayson, a transgender twelve-year-old, learns to accept her true identity and share it with the world.

 

 

 

hiddenHidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. He must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favor.

 

 

 

formagnuschaseFor Magnus Chase: Hotel Valhalla guide to the Norse worlds : your introduction to deities, mythical beings & fantastic creatures by Rick Riordan
A can’t-live-without guide for guests of the Hotel Valhalla, this volume contains facts about the Norse gods as well as other characters and creatures you might encounter if you are fortunate enough to be chosen as one of Odin’s brave warriors.

 

Non-Fiction

sexisafunnySex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg
A comic book for kids that includes children and families of all makeups, orientations, and gender identies, Sex Is a Funny Word is an essential resource about bodies, gender, and sexuality for children ages 8 to 10 as well as their parents and caregivers. Much more than the “facts of life” or “the birds and the bees,” Sex Is a Funny Word opens up conversations between young people and their caregivers in a way that allows adults to convey their values and beliefs while providing information about boundaries, safety, and joy. The eagerly anticipated follow up to Lambda-nominated What Makes a Baby, from sex educator Cory Silverberg and artist Fiona Smyth, Sex Is a Funny Word reimagines “sex talk” for the twenty-first century.

 

Book descriptions are from catalog and often publisher supplied. 

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