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Transgender Awareness Week

Created by 49th Teachers
  • Age: 4 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
tagged: lgbtq, diversity and inclusion
Each year between November 13 – 19, Transgender Awareness Week helps raise the visibility of transgender people and addresses issues members of the community face. This selection of books for grades K–12 will help start important conversations about Trans Awareness.

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Pink, Blue, and You!

Questions for Kids about Gender Stereotypes

by Elise Gravel & Mykaell Blais
edition: Hardcover
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: homosexuality, body

Simple, accessible, and direct, this picture book is perfect for kids and parents or teachers to read together, opening the door to conversations about gender stereotypes and everyone's right to be their true selves.

Is it okay for boys to cry? Can girls be strong? Should girls and boys be given different toys to play with and different clothes to …


Ciel In All Directions

by Sophie Labelle, translated by Andrea Zanin
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: lgbt, friendship, love & romance

Ciel may have settled into high school with their best friend Stephie and new buddy Liam, but life is anything but ordinary for this non-binary trans kid! Between an important science project for school and their ever more popular YouTube channel, Ciel and their friends find themselves involved in a campaign to represent the LGBT Alliance. Life is …


Both Sides Now

by Peyton Thomas
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: lgbt, coming of age

A witty and warm-hearted novel about a trans teen finding his place in the world perfect for fans of Red, White and Royal Blue

There’s only one thing standing between Finch Kelly and a full-blown case of high school senioritis: the National Speech & Debate Tournament. Taking home the gold would not only be the pinnacle of Finch’s debating car …


Growing Up Trans

In Our Own Words

edited by Lindsay Herriot & Kate Fry
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 18
  • Grade: 5 to 12
tagged: homosexuality, self-esteem & self-reliance, lgbtq+

What does it mean to be young and transgender today?

Growing Up Trans shares stories, essays, art and poetry created by trans youth aged 11 to 18. In their own words, the works illustrate the trans experience through childhood, family and daily life, school, their bodies and mental health. Together the collection is a story of the challenges, big an …


Sink or Swim

by Tash McAdam
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: survival stories, self-esteem & self-reliance, lgbt

Bruised and battling hypothermia, Bass and Rosie must seek shelter and work together to survive until they can be rescued. If they can be rescued.

Sixteen-year-old shy, socially awkward trans teen Bass reluctantly skips school and goes on a boat trip with his adventure-seeking girlfriend, Rosie. When a sudden storm smashes their boat on a rocky shor …


The Fabulous Zed Watson!

by Basil Sylvester, illustrated by Kevin Sylvester
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: lgbt, friendship



The literary scavenger hunt of a lifetime, starring an endlessly endearing non-binary tween

Zed Watson loves a few things: their name (which they chose themself!), their big rambunctious family, and—oh yeah—monsters. When Zed discovered the mystery surroundi …


The Name I Call Myself

text by Hasan Namir, illustrated by Cathryn John
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: k to 4
tagged: alternative family, self-esteem & self-reliance, lgbt

A sweet and moving picture book depicting Ari's gender journey from childhood to adolescence in order to discover who they really are.

Meet Ari, a young person who doesn't like to be called by their birth name Edward: "When I think of the name Edward, I imagine old kings who snore a lot." Throughout this beautiful and engaging picture book, we watch …


Love, IRL

by Tracy Goldfarb
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 3
tagged: lgbt, dating & sex

Alex, a Latino transgender teen living in Hamilton, Ontario, struggles to reconcile his feelings with a real-life crush on a boy in his class from the relationship he has with a boy he knows online — only to find that the two were the same all along. Without overly graphic content, important issues youth face surrounding online messaging, social …