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The World Needs More Purple People by Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart
Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart's book The World Needs More Purple People is a witty and charming story about how what makes us unique is the best part about us.
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Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart
Michael Genhart's Rainbow: A First Book of Pride is a colorful and inclusive book about the rainbow Pride Flag.
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Trans* by Jack Halberstam
Trans* by Jack Halberstam is a contemporary overview of the shifts that have occurred in what it means to be transgender and how transgender people are represented today.
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Before We Were Trans: A New History of Gender by Kit Heyam
Before We Were Trans by Kit Heyam is a comprehensive examination of gender expression throughout history and across different cultures worldwide. Image credit: Seal Press
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Trans by Dr. Az Hakeem
Trans by Dr. Az Hakeem is a comprehensive guide to understanding gender identity and gender dysphoria. Photo credit: Tiger Press
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What's Your Pronouns? by Denis Baron
For 200 years, people have searched for words that do not specify gender. Dennis Baron's What's Your Pronoun takes us on a journey through language to find those words. Click the link below to read a review of this book.
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It's About You Too by Tracy Whitmore
It's About You Too is a great book to read when your child first comes out, especially if you feel overwhelmed and need support. It's not a replacement for professional help, but it's an excellent companion to it. Image credit: Tracy Whitmore
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Sorted by Jackson Bird
Sorted isn't your typical memoir. Scattered throughout the book are bits of journal entries and memorabilia documenting Bird's journey to discover his authentic self from childhood to young adulthood. Additionally, spread throughout the book is educational material to help the reader better understand what it means to be a transgender person and how to support one. Image courtesy of Simon and Schuster
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UnClobber by Colby Martin
In UnClobber, Martin uses every other chapter to dive deep into each of the problematic "clobber verses" commonly used to prove that the Bible is clear on its stand against homosexuality and transgender people. In the alternating chapters, Martin lays out how he went from believing that homosexuality was a sin to being fully accepting and supportive of the LGBTQ+ community and them being welcome at the table of God and in church.
Every Body is a Rainbow is a quick and easy way to introduce your child to gender identity, gender expression, pronouns, and the many ways a body is unique. Additionally, there are pages in the back to help children begin to express their gender and expression using simple fill-in-the-blank phrases, and there's also a guide for parents to be able to talk to their children about gender identity, gender expression, and their bodies. Image Source: Caroline Carter. Gender Expression, Parents To Be, Summer Program, Classroom Library, All Kids, A Classroom, A Rainbow, Take Care Of Yourself
Every Body is a Rainbow by Caroline Carter, PsyD
Every Body is a Rainbow is a quick and easy way to introduce your child to gender identity, gender expression, pronouns, and the many ways a body is unique. Additionally, there are pages in the back to help children begin to express their gender and expression using simple fill-in-the-blank phrases, and there's also a guide for parents to be able to talk to their children about gender identity, gender expression, and their bodies. Image Source: Caroline Carter.
PIn is the cover of the book: pastel rainbow colored ground with the reflection of a person's reflection shown on the ground and the words I Am J a novel by Cris Beam in white letters written over it. Underneath is the quote, "Beam illustrates how difficult it is for some parents to accept that their children are not living into the expectations held for them since birth and how harmful that can be for the child." Personal Identity, Novels To Read, Hard Truth, True Self, Close Friends, A Teen, A Novel
I Am J by Cris Beam
I Am J is a novel that deep dives into the hard truths of being transgender and how it impacts the individual and their entire family. Cris Beam’s character J struggles with how to tell his close friends and family that his personal identity matches how he outwardly expresses his gender, which in turn is not the same gender they perceive him as. He’s not just a tomboy; he’s a transgender male.
Image is the cover of the book with the words Trans Like Me, a journey for all of us in red and black letters. Underneath is the quote, "In your quest to learn more about transgender people and what it means to be transgender, Lester's book is a must-read. It provides valuable insight that only a person with livid experience can give. It is raw, honest, and heartbreaking at times." Gender Binary, Diverse People, The Reader, About Me Questions, I Smile
Trans Like Me by CN Lester
Trans Like Me is a powerful blend of biography and cultural exploration into the broad experience of being transgender and how that term encompasses a vast range of gender-diverse people. The reader is introduced to concepts such as dysphoria and gender non-conforming youth, in addition to exploring how the use of gender binaries creates the idea of an "other."
Image is of two people's faces, lying side by side facing in opposite directions, one right side up and the other upside down, one a male the other a female, with the words Becoming Nicole, Transformation of an American Family written over them. Under the image is the quote, "Becoming Nicole is the story of one family's resilience. A story of how love can break down even the strongest barriers and how slowly our country is becoming more accepting of the transgender community." Book Lists, Transgender Books, Identical Twins, Transgender Girls, Family Drama, Twin Brothers, New People, Memoirs
Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt
Amy Ellis Nutt's Becoming Nicole is the triumphant story of the Maines family, and how they overcame discrimination in their small-town Maine community and internal struggles within their hearts.
The image is the cover of the book: an orange cover with the title of the book, God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines, over the quote, "This book envisions a future in which all christians come to embrace and affirm their LGBT brothers and sisters  without undermining their commitment to the authority of the Bible." Early Christian, Gay Christian, Being A Christian, Relationship With God, Bible Passages, Read Book
God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines
If you have ever questioned how to support your LGBTQ+ child and hold firm to your faith, this is a must-read book. Do you want to ally with the LGBTQ+ community but don't understand how to reconcile that with being a Christian? This book is for you. If you want to understand how we can have a both/and relationship with God and the LGBTQ+ community, here is your answer.
Pin is the book cover, over the words, on a dark blue background with the words, "Celeste Finn's As I Am is a charming and easy-to-undertand book about being nonbinary. This pre-school/early elementary book features Kai and their cat Sky. Kat is a nonbinary person who feels most loved by Sky, who doesn't judge them for who they are." Unconditional Friendship, Saxon Math, Reading Review, Social Themes, Silly Games, Love And Friendship
As I Am by Celeste Finn
The story shows what we all want most is to be known, seen, and loved for who we are. This can be by our family, friends, or even our pet. In addition, rigid gender roles are causing children to feel isolated and out of place. It’s a beautiful book to introduce your child to what it means to be nonbinary in a simple and easy-to-understand way.