Book List: Transgender & Non-Binary Voices

March 31st marks the annual International Transgender Day of Visibility. The day was started by Rachel Crandall Crocker, an international transgender activist as well as the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Transgender Michigan, in 2009. Trans Day of Visibility celebrates and uplifts transgender voices and experiences, recognizes their contributions, and raises awareness to the discrimination the community faces.

Today and every day, we celebrate our transgender and gender non-conforming communities. These books feature reading for all ages, from picture books and fiction titles, to memoirs and pronoun guides.

Picture Books

When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff

Aidan, a transgender boy, experiences complicated emotions as he and his parents prepare for the arrival of a new baby. [via publisher]

This book is available as a physical picture book in the library. Reserve a copy on our catalog or call us at 580-234-6313.

It Feels Good to be Yourself by Theresa Thorn

A picture book that introduces the concept of gender identity to the youngest reader from writer Theresa Thorn and illustrator Noah Grigni. Some people are boys. Some people are girls. Some people are both, neither, or somewhere in between. This sweet, straightforward exploration of gender identity will give children a fuller understanding of themselves and others. With child-friendly language and vibrant art, It Feels Good to Be Yourself provides young readers and parents alike with the vocabulary to discuss this important topic with sensitivity. [via the publisher]

This book is available as a physical picture book in the library. Reserve a copy on our catalog or call us at 580-234-6313.

Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes — and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself? [via publisher]

This book is available as an Overdrive ebook, an audiobook on Hoopla, and as a movie on Hoopla. This book is also available as a physical book in the library. Reserve a copy on our catalog or call us at 580-234-6313.


Youth Fiction

Ana on the Edge by A.J. Sass

Twelve-year-old figure skater Ana strives to win her competitions while learning about gender identity–Ana’s own and that of a new friend–and how to navigate the best path forward. [via the publisher]

This book is available as a physical book in the library. Reserve a copy on our catalog or call us at 580-234-6313.

The Moon Within by Aida Salazar

Eleven-year-old (nearly twelve) Celi Rivera, who is a mix of Black-Puerto Rican-Mexican Indian is uncomfortable about her approaching period, and the changes that are happening to her body; she is horrified that her mother wants to hold a traditional public moon ceremony to celebrate the occasion–until she finds out that her best friend Magda is contemplating an even more profound change of life. [via the publisher]

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Teen Fiction Titles

Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith

A near-fatal car accident brings Chris and Maia together, and their next encounters don’t fare much better. They’re neighbors, at least for the summer, and despite their best efforts, they just can’t seem to stay away from each other. Chris has come out as transgender, but he’s still processing a frightening assault he survived the year before. Maia is grieving the loss of her older sister and trying to find her place in the world without her. Falling in love was the last thing on either of their minds. [via the publisher]

This book is available as a physical book in the library. Reserve a copy on our catalog or call us at 580-234-6313.

When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

As their deep friendship turns to love, Latina teenager Miel, who grows roses from her wrist, and Italian-Pakistani Samir, a transgender boy, fear their secrets will be exposed by the beautiful Bonner girls, four sisters rumored to be witches. [from the publisher]

This book is available as an Overdrive ebook and as a physical book in the library. Reserve a copy on our catalog or call us at 580-234-6313.

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Felix Love has never been in love, painful irony that it is. He desperately wants to know why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. He is proud of his identity, but fears that he’s one marginalization too many– Black, queer, and transgender. When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages– after publicly posting Felix’s deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned– Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. He didn’t count on his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi-love triangle. [from the publisher]

This book is available as an Overdrive ebook and as a physical book in the library. Reserve a copy on our catalog or call us at 580-234-6313.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free. However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie off some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave. [from the publisher]

This book is available as an Overdrive ebook and as a physical book in the library. Reserve a copy on our catalog or call us at 580-234-6313.

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he was born with a girl’s body. With his new public access radio show gaining in popularity, Gabe struggles with romance, friendships, and parents–all while trying to come out as transgendered. An audition for a station in Minneapolis looks like his ticket to a better life in the big city. But his entire future is threatened when several violent guys find out Gabe, the popular DJ, is also Elizabeth from school. [from the publisher]

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Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

There are no monsters anymore. In the city of Lucille, Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their lives. Then Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colors and claws, who emerges from one of her mother’s paintings and a drop of Jam’s blood. Pet has come to hunt a monster– and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption’s house. How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist? [from the publisher]

This book is available as a physical book in the library. Reserve a copy on our catalog or call us at 580-234-6313.

If I was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

manda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret, and she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.

But when she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she realizes just how much she is losing by guarding her heart. She finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself, including her past. But Amanda’s terrified that once she tells him the truth, he won’t be able to see past it.

Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that at her old school, she used to be Andrew. Will the truth cost Amanda her new life, and her new love?

This book is available as an Overdrive ebook, an Overdrive audiobook and as a physical book in the library. Reserve a copy on our catalog or call us at 580-234-6313.


Teen Non-Fiction & Memoir

Trans Teen Survival Guide by Owl and Fox Fisher

Frank, friendly, and funny, the Trans Teen Survival Guide will inform, empower, and arm you with all the tips, confidence, and practical advice needed to navigate life as a trans teen. Wondering how to come out to your family and friends, what it’s like to go through cross-hormonal therapy, or how to put on a packer? Trans youth activists Owl and Fox have stepped in to answer everything that trans teens and their families need to know. With a focus on self-care, expression, and being proud of your unique identity, the guide is packed full of invaluable advice from people who understand the realities and complexities of growing up trans. Having been there, done that, Owl and Fox are able to honestly chart the course of life as a trans teen, from potentially life-saving advice on dealing with dysphoria or depression, to hilarious real-life awkward trans stories. [from the publisher]

This book is available as a physical book in the library. Reserve a copy on our catalog or call us at 580-234-6313.

Being Jazz: My Life as a Transgender Teen by Jazz Jennings

Teen activist and trailblazer Jazz Jennings–named one of “The 25 most influential teens” of the year by Time–shares her very public transgender journey, as she inspires people to accept the differences in others while they embrace their own truths. [from the publisher]

This book is available as an Overdrive ebook and as a physical book in the library. Reserve a copy on our catalog or call us at 580-234-6313.

The ABC’s of LGBT+ by Ashley Mardell

We live in a post-binary world where gender fluency, awareness and acceptance of how people identify is essential. Ashley Mardell, a trusted voice on YouTube, looks at all things LGBT+. Mardell’s book, filled with in-depth definitions and personal anecdotes, is proof it does get better every day in a world where people are empowered by information and understanding. As Mardell says, ‘Learning about new identities broadens our understanding of humanity, heightens our empathy, and allows us different, valuable perspectives.’ Whether you are a questioning teen, a teacher or parent looking for advice or anyone wanting to learn the language of respect, this book is an essential guide for you. [from the publisher]

This book is available as a physical book in the library. Reserve a copy on our catalog or call us at 580-234-6313.

Confronting LGBTQ+ Discrimination by Avery Elizabeth Hurt

Despite a sea of change in attitudes in recent years, the LGBTQ+ community still faces much discrimination. This affirming book empowers readers to confront discrimination and offers practical guidance on navigating a sometimes hostile world where not everyone believes that LGBTQ+ people should have the same rights as everyone else. Readers who define as LGBTQ+ will find themselves encouraged, and those who do not will learn how to be supportive allies of their LGBTQ+ friends and classmates, both in and out of school. This resource includes a list of suggested questions for an expert and myths and facts about discrimination. [from the publisher]

This book is available as a physical book in the library. Reserve a copy on our catalog or call us at 580-234-6313.


Fiction

Peter Darling by Austin Chant

Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is. But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real and deadly. Even more shocking is the attraction Peter never knew he could feel for his old rival, Captain Hook–and the realization that he no longer knows which of them is the real villain. [from the publisher]

This book is available as a physical book in the library. Reserve a copy on our catalog or call us at 580-234-6313.

Dawn by Octavia Butler

Science Fiction – Rescued from Earth’s destruction, one woman is called upon to revive mankind. Lilith Iyapo has just lost her husband and son when atomic fire consumes Earth, the last stage of the planet’s final war. Hundreds of years later, Lilith awakes, deep in the hold of a massive alien spacecraft piloted by the Oankali, who arrived just in time to save humanity from extinction. They have kept Lilith and other survivors asleep for centuries, as they learned whatever they could about Earth. Now it is time for Lilith to lead them back to her home world, but life among the Oankali on the newly resettled planet will be nothing like it was before. The Oankali survive by genetically merging with primitive civilizations, whether their new hosts like it or not. For the first time since the nuclear holocaust, Earth will be inhabited. Grass will grow, animals will run, and people will learn to survive the planet’s untamed wilderness. But their children will not be human. Not exactly. [from the publisher]

This book is also available as a physical book in the library. Reserve a copy on our catalog or call us at 580-234-6313.

Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir by Kai Cheng Thom

a coming-of-age story about a young Asian trans girl, pathological liar, and kung-fu expert who runs away from her parents’ abusive home in a rainy city called Gloom. Striking off on her own, she finds her true family in a group of larger-than-life trans femmes who make their home in a mysterious pleasure district known only as the Street of Miracles. Under the wings of this fierce and fabulous flock, she blossoms into the woman she has always dreamed of being, with a little help from the unscrupulous Doctor Crocodile. When one of their number is brutally murdered, our protagonist joins her sisters in forming a vigilante gang to fight back against the transphobes, violent johns, and cops that stalk the Street of Miracles. But when things go terribly wrong, she must find the truth within herself in order to stop the violence and discover what it really means to grow up and find your family. [from the publisher]

This book is available as a physical book in the library. Reserve a copy on our catalog or call us at 580-234-6313.


Memoirs & Non-Fiction

Tomorrow will be Different by Sarah McBride

Before speaking at a national political convention about her experiences as a transgender person, the author struggled with the decision to come out – not just to her family but to the students at her university, where she was serving as student body president. She’d known she was a girl from her earliest memories, but it wasn’t until a Facebook post announcing her truth went viral that she realized the impact her story could have on the country. Four years later, the author was one of the nation’s most prominent transgender activists, walking the halls of the White House, advocating inclusive legislation, and addressing the country in the midst of a heated presidential election. She had also found her first love and future husband, a trans man and fellow activist, who complemented her in every way … until cancer tragically intervened. This book is the author’s story of love and loss and an account of the LGBTQ community’s battle for equal rights. [from the publisher]

This book is available as a physical book in the library. Reserve a copy on our catalog or call us at 580-234-6313.

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock

With unflinching honesty and moving prose, Janet Mock relays her experiences of growing up young, multiracial, poor, and trans in America, offering readers accessible language while imparting vital insight about the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of a marginalized and misunderstood population. Though undoubtedly an account of one woman’s quest for self at all costs, Redefining Realness is a powerful vision of possibility and self-realization, pushing us all toward greater acceptance of one another—and of ourselves—showing as never before how to be unapologetic and real. [from the publisher]

This book is available as an Overdrive audiobook. This book is also available as a physical book in the library. Reserve a copy on our catalog or call us at 580-234-6313.

Sissy by Jacob Tobia

As a young child in North Carolina, Jacob Tobia wasn’t the wrong gender, they just had too much of the stuff. Barbies? Yes. Playing with bugs? Absolutely. Getting muddy? Please. Princess dresses? You betcha. Jacob wanted it all, but because they were “a boy”, they were told they could only have the masculine half. Acting feminine labelled them “a sissy” and brought social isolation. 

It took Jacob years to discover that being “a sissy” isn’t something to be ashamed of. It’s a source of pride. Following Jacob through bullying and beauty contests, from Duke University to the United Nations to the podiums of the Methodist church – not to mention the parlors of the White House – this unforgettable memoir contains multitudes. A deeply personal story of trauma and healing, a powerful reflection on gender and self-acceptance, and a hilarious guidebook for wearing tacky clip-on earrings in today’s world, Sissy guarantees you’ll never think about gender – both other people’s and your own – the same way again. [from the publisher]

This book is available as a physical book in the library. Reserve a copy on our catalog or call us at 580-234-6313.

Fairest by Meredith Talusan

As a boy with albinism, coping with the strain of parental neglect in a rural Philippine village, Talusan found childhood comfort in America from her devoted grandmother, a grounding force as she was treated by others with special preference or public curiosity. As an immigrant to the United States, Talusan came to be perceived as white. An academic scholarship to Harvard required Talusan to navigate through the complex spheres of race, class, sexuality, and her place within the gay community. She emerged as an artist and an activist questioning the boundaries of gender. Talusan realized she did not want to be confined to a prescribed role as a man, and transitioned to become a woman, despite the risk of losing a man she deeply loved. [from the publisher]

This book is available as a physical book in the library. Reserve a copy on our catalog or call us at 580-234-6313.

A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni & Tristan Jimerson

Archie, a snarky genderqueer artist, is tired of people not understanding gender-neutral pronouns. Tristan, a cisgender dude, is looking for an easy way to introduce gender-neutral pronouns to his increasingly diverse workplace. The longtime best friends team up in this short and fun comic guide that explains what pronouns are, why they matter, and how to use them. They also include what to do if you make a mistake, and some tips-and-tricks for those who identify outside of the binary to keep themselves safe in this binary-centric world. [from the publisher]

This title is available as a graphic novel on Hoopla. This book is also available as a physical book in the library. Reserve a copy on our catalog or call us at 580-234-6313.


All of these titles are available at the Enid Public Library. Any titles you recommend?