Books & Media on Gender Identity

The following resources are provided for your convenience.  It is by no means exhaustive.  If you are looking for a specific resource, please feel free to contact me.  I am frequently updating and adding to the resources.  


Parents & Caregivers

The Transgender Teen: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Teens by Stephanie Brill and Lisa Kenney (2016) - comprehensive guidebook

Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue by Nicholas Teich (2012)

The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals by Stephanie Brill and Lisa Kenney (2008) - comprehensive guidebook

Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender Non-Conforming Children by Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D (2011)

Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents by Irwin Krieger (2011)

Raising my Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous Gender Creative Son by Lori Duron (2013)

Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children, edited by Rachel Pepper (2012)


Be Who You Are, by Todd Parr: encourages and emphasizes the beauty of our differences

Who are You? The Kid's Guide to Gender Identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee: A straightforward introduction to gender for ages 3+.

I am Jazz, by Jazz Jennings and Jessica Herthel: easy storybook explaining what it means to be transgender.

Pink is for Boys by Robb Pearlman: shows diverse gender expression and reminds kids there are not "boy" and "girl" things or colors.

10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewart: 

Roland Humphrey is Wearing a What? by Eileen Kiernan-Johnson: The story of a little boy's quest to be his authentic self.

And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson: True story of male paired penguins at the Central Park Zoo


Introducing Teddy: A Gentle Story About Gender and Friendship, by Jessica Walton: Positive representation of talking about transgender individuals and the importance of loving and accepting them when they tell us their truth.


Jacob's New Dress by Sarah Hoffman: The story of the unique challenges faced by boys who do not identify with traditional gender roles.


Red: A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall: Colorful picture book about finding the courage to be true to your inner self.


Sex is a Funny Word: A Book About Bodies, Feelings and You by Cory Silverberg


Neither by Airlie Anderson: Explores gender and helps kids understand that it is not always binary.


Jillian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love: A celebration of individuality and self-love.


Sparkle Boy by Leslea Newman: A story of acceptance and the freedom to express gender.


From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea by Kai Cheng Tom: A story exploring gender, identity, and acceptance of differences.

Middle School:

George by Alex Gino: A fictional story of a transgender girl and her desire to play the part of Charlotte in a school performance of Charlotte's Web

Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky: The fictional story of an introverted sixth grade transgender girl.

High School:

Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen, by Jazz Jennings:  Memoir by trailblazer and advocate, Jazz Jennings about what it is like to be a transgender teen.

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson: The fictional story of a transgender boy who enters a new school and how he navigates friendships and relationships.

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills:  The fictional story of a transgender girl who becomes an underground hit as a radio DJ--but is challenged when outed by a girl at school.

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo: A fictional story of a transgender girl who reconnects with her estranged father and falls in love for the first time.

Some Assembly Required by Arin Andrews: A true story of a 17-year-old transgender male and his transition.

Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger: Fictional account of two transgender teens and their school experiences. 

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin: Fictional story of a gender fluid teenager working through gender identity issues

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out (2015) Interviews with transgender and gender non-conforming young adults


Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric National Geographic (available on Netflix/Amazon)

The Trans List (2016) HBO Documentary

Growing up Trans  PBS Frontline (June 30, 2015)


Merrimack River Wellness: LGBTQ+ inclusive and supportive counseling services in Newburyport.