7 Nonfiction Titles About Gender to Share with Readers During Pride Month

Share these seven titles, with a focus on trans identity, during Pride and all year long.

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From educational titles to memoirs, these seven books focus on trans identity. Share them with readers during Pride and all year long.


Gender Identity: Beyond Pronouns and Bathrooms by Maria Cookillus. by Alexis Cornell. Nomad. ISBN 9781619307568.
Gr 7 Up –At long last, the textbook many educators, and students have yearned for. While historical figures, including Christine Jorgensen, and commemorations, such as Transgender Day of Remembrance, hardly if ever appear in K–12 academic literature, in this work they are discussed and celebrated in clear, straightforward terms. Essential reading for those exploring their gender and those who wish to understand and support them.

Trans Teen Survival Guide by Owl Fisher & Fox Fisher. Jessica Kingsley. ISBN 9781785923418. 
Gr 9 Up—In this guide, the authors present readers with a wealth of information on the complexities of navigating the world as a trans person. Through 19 short chapters, the content covers topics such as gender expression, coming out, dysphoria, name changes, being true to oneself, coping with puberty, hormone blockers and cross-hormones, dating as a trans person, and self-care. 

A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities by Mady G. illus. by J.R Zuckerberg. Oni. ISBN 9781620105863. 
Gr 9 Up—The latest in the "Quick & Easy" series of educational comics (A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns) explains queer and trans identities. Accessible to readers at all levels of familiarity with LGBTQIA+ topics, this is a first purchase for libraries serving teens and adults.

 Pink, Blue, and You!: Questions for Kids About Gender Stereotypes by Elise Gravel with Mykaell Blais. illus. by Elise Gravel. Random/Anne Schwartz. ISBN 9780593178638. 
PreS-Gr 2–In her signature style, Gravel (What Is a Refugee? and others) and Blais provide an accessible introduction to gender and gender stereotypes. Thoughtful, engaging, and visually bright, this is an excellent addition to any library serving preschool and early elementary ages.

If You’re a Kid Like Gavin by Gavin Grimm & Kyle Lukoff. illus. by J Yang. ­HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. ISBN 9780063057562. 
Gr 3-5–The underlying theme of this true story about teenage trans student Gavin Grimm is that there are choices a kid can and can’t make. All kids should be challenged to think about the message of standing up and fighting for what is right. Here is a worthy discussion-starter on an important topic for all collections.

Welcome to St. Hell: My Trans Teen Misadventure by Lewis Hancox. illus. by Lewis ­Hancox. ISBN 9781338824445; pap. $14.99. ISBN 9781338824438. 
Gr 10 Up–A trans adult speaks to his teenage self in this heartfelt, fourth wall–breaking graphic memoir. The narrative is separated into two parts, covering Hancox’s high school years and college years respectively, and he freely uses his deadname, Lois, as well as she/her pronouns to describe his younger self. As author and adult narrator, Hancox maintains a frank yet humorous tone without shying away from painful moments. Recommended for all teen (and college) collections—and, sadly, one likely to draw significant attention in today’s culture wars.

Growing Up Trans: In Our Own Words by Lindsay Herriot & Kate Fry, eds. Orca. ISBN 9781459831377. 
Gr 6 Up–A vibrant collection of essays, poems, art, and stories from trans teens, this book serves stereotype-busting diverse perspectives that are sure to resonate with many. A useful conversation-starter for young teens exploring the gender spectrum and for the adults in their lives, this is a recommended purchase for teen nonfiction shelves.

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