Six Picture Books for Transgender Awareness Week

November 13-19 marks Transgender Awareness Week, a yearly tradition that precedes Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20—a day that honors the lives taken by anti-trans violence. This week is intended to promote the visibility of the entire trans community, raising awareness about their stories, experiences, and the issues they currently face.

One of the best ways to advocate for awareness of these stories is by sharing picture books. Picture books have the unique ability to take trans topics and boil them down to simple concepts, understandable to all ages. Through celebratory messages, picture books provide some of the best hope of a future that’s more inclusive than today.

Here are six picture books to check out for Transgender Awareness Week during your next trip to the library.

Wolf isn’t happy being Wolf. But can he transform like other members of the animal kingdom?

Title: Born Bad
Author: C.K. Smouha
Illustrator: Stephen Smith
Publisher: Cicada Books
Publication Date: September 10, 2018

A young boy is fascinated by his mother’s bindi, a colored dot often worn by Hindu women, and wants one of his own.

Title: The Boy & The Bindi
Author: Vivek Shraya
Illustrator: Rajni Perera
Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press
Publication Date: September 13, 2016

After Julián sees three women dressed as mermaids, he wants to be one, too—but what will Abuela think?

Title: Julián Is a Mermaid
Author: Jessica Love
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: April 23, 2018

In a land full of blue bunnies and yellow birds, what happens if you’re not quite either?

Title: Neither
Author: Airlie Anderson
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 13, 2018

Everyone thought Aidan was a girl when he was born, so he’s ready to make everything perfect for his new sibling.

Title: When Aidan Became a Brother
Author: Kyle Lukoff
Illustrator: Kaylani Juanita
Publisher: Lee & Low
Publication Date: May 07, 2019

When Worm and Worm announce their wedding, everyone wants to know who will wear the tux and who will wear the dress. But outfits don’t matter because Worm loves Worm.

Title: Worm Loves Worm
Author: J.J. Austrian
Illustrator: Mike Curato
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: January 05, 2016

2 thoughts on “Six Picture Books for Transgender Awareness Week

  1. This is such a wonderful and thoughtful post, and I think you’re totally right that picture books can break these things down in a simple but true way that more complex texts can’t. I hope these’ll find their way to those who need them most ❤

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    1. Thank you so much! I was so excited to do this post for that exact reason—the bit of hope that by championing these books a little more, they’ll eventually fall into the right hands. I love a complex book, but there’s something to be said for simplicity, and I think all of these are massive achievements in only a few pages.

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