Introduce students to a range of gender identities using picture books. Help them learn about different pronouns and how to use them. There are also books that show transgender and nonbinary kids and adults as the main characters.
This set of gender identity picture books can be used throughout the year. They can help children see themselves and learn about the gender diversity around them.
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Books about Gender Identity and Pronouns
They She He Me: Free to Be!– This book introduces children to the idea of gender fluidity and a range of pronouns. Some pages have only pronouns and beautiful illustrations and others include simple explanations.
The Gender Wheel – School Edition: a story about bodies and gender for every body– Learn about a range of gender options using the gender wheel. The school edition includes illustrations that has clothing. This book is a companion to They She He Me: Free to Be!.
What Are Your Words?: A Book About Pronouns– Ari takes a walk through the neighborhood with Ari’s uncle. On the way, Ari tries to decide which pronouns to use. Ari learns about the different words and pronouns his friends and neighbors use.
It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity– In this book meet kids that are cisgender boys and girls, transgender, and genderfluid.
Jamie and Bubbie: A Book About People’s Pronouns– Jamie and his great grandmother go around town and talk about the importance of using the correct pronouns and not assuming you know someone’s pronoun based on how they look.
A House for Everyone: A Story to Help Children Learn about Gender Identity and Gender Expression– In this story meet a group of children as they work together to build a house. Each child has their own unique way of expressing themself and their gender identity.
The Boy & the Bindi– A young boy asks his mother about her bindi (a traditional red dot worn by Hindu women).
Jacob’s School Play: Starring He, She, and They– In this 3rd book of the Jacob series, Jacob learns about how to use the pronouns they/them for a classmate as the class puts on a play.
Transgender & Nonbinary
Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope– Penelope tries to show his family that he is a boy. Then with his mothers help gets them to accept him as a boy.
When Aidan Became a Brother– Tells the story of Aidan telling his family that he is a boy, his transition, and then Aiden learning that he will become a big brother. As the family prepares to welcome a baby Aidan tries to set up a welcoming home. He hopes that it will allow his new sibling to discover themself.
Call Me Max– In this first book of the series, we meet Max. Max tells about his transition to a boy and the challenges he faced starting school.
My Rainbow– A mom helps her transgender daughter feel herself by making her a rainbow wig so that she can have the long hair that she wants to feel herself. Based on a true story.
My Maddy– A child introduces readers to her Maddy. Maddy is not a mommy or a daddy, but something in between. Throughout the book, the child shows other examples of things that are in between along with Maddy.
She’s My Dad!: A Story for Children Who Have a Transgender Parent or Relative– Mini introduces readers to her dad Haley. Mini helps her cousin use the correct pronouns (she/her) for her dad who recently transitioned.