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The best children’s books on transgender

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One of the biggest changes in sex education over the last decade has been the introduction of children's books on trangender

Today we are a lot more aware (than we used to be) that gender does not always match your genitals.

Sex is biological and is assigned when a child is born ie male, female or indeterminate. 

Gender is what we identify as and is not assigned at birth. It is more about what we feel like we are, on the inside. 

Sometimes gender and sex don't match.  So if someone is born with a penis, the sex of that person would be male, but if that person identifies as female, then their gender is transgirl.

So why do kids need to know about this?  

  1.  The chances of your child coming across gender diversity at school or within the community is very possible.
  2. Children need to be inclusive and not discriminate against people who are different.
  3. Children who  easily accept differences in others, will be more accepting of their own differences. Which means they will have higher self esteem and better body image.

These children's books on transgender will help you to explain gender diversity to your child. And no, they won't find it confusing. They will just accept it as another fact of life. 

Children's books on transgender

Here you will find some of the children's books on transgender. You will find a video review where I show  you through the book, as well as links to Amazon and Book Depository.  The bookshop links are affiliate links, which means that I earn a small commission which I then to use to buy more books. 

10,000 DRESSES by Marcus Ewert

A book for younger children on transgenderism, that is about a boy who feels like a girl on the inside. One of the many books that are out now out there. It is more a book that I would read to help explain transgender to a child. 
This book is ideal for younger children between the ages of 4 - 8.

Buy this book  from Amazon or Book Depository or Booktopia.

I AM JAZZ by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings

I am Jazz

I am Jazz book by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings is a book for young children about transgender. It tells the story of a child that was born with a girl’s brain in a boy’s body. This confused her family until they went to see a doctor who told them that Jazz was transgender and that she had been born that way. It is a lovely simple story that explains a concept that adults struggle with but children easily accept.
This book is ideal for children between the ages of 4 - 12.

Buy this book  from Amazon or Book Depository or Booktopia.

INTRODUCING TEDDY: A GENTLE STORY ABOUT GENDER AND FRIENDSHIP by Jessica Walton

Introducing Teddy - Sex Education Books for Children

This book is a story about gender identity and the transition from one gender to another. It is presented very age-appropriately and is a lovely way to introduce this topic to young children.
This book is ideal for children between the ages of 4 - 7.

IT'S OKAY TO BE DIFFERENT by Todd Parr

A fantastic book that talks about the fact that we are all different in many different ways. A great book as it plants the seeds of inclusion and tolerance of differences. It also helps with accepting our own differences. 
This book is ideal for younger children between the ages of 3 - 8. 

Buy this book  from  Amazon or Book Depository or Booktopia.

JACOB'S NEW DRESS by Sarah and Ian Hoffman

A fantastic little book that preaches that it is okay to not conform to our expectations about gender ie if you are a boy and you want to wear a dress, than that's okay.
This book is ideal for children between the ages of 4 - 8. 

Buy this book  from  Amazon or Book Depository or Booktopia.

MY PRINCESS BOY by Cheryl Kilodavis

My Princess Boy

This book is one of the first books that was written about the fact that sometimes our gender does not match our genitals. It is a book that you can read to encourage tolerance of the differences that we may have as well as to promote a basic understanding of gender identity.
This book is ideal for children between the ages of 4 - 8.


Buy this book  from Amazon or Book Depository or Booktopia.

RED: A CRAYON"S STORY by Michael Hall

Red. A crayon's story

You can use this book, that talks about being different and that that is okay, to talk about diversity.
This book is ideal for children between the ages of 3 - 7.

Buy this book  from Amazon or Book Depository or Booktopia.

THE BOY WITH PINK HAIR by Perez Hilton

The boy with pink hair

This book addresses gender and diversity. It is the story of a boy who is a little different because he has pink hair. A  book that is good to slip into the pile of bedtime stories, so as to chat about the fact that it is okay to be different yourself or for others to be different. 
This book is ideal for children between the ages of 4 - 8. 

Buy this book  from  Amazon or Book Depository or Booktopia.

THE GENDER FAIRY by Jo Hirst

The Gender Fairy - Sex Education Books for Children

This book addresses gender and explains to kids that sometimes the gender that they identify as may not match their sex eg they may be male on the outside (with a penis) but feel like a girl on the inside (or vice versa). The main message is that it is normal for this to happen and that other children can feel this way too.
This book is ideal for children between the ages of 4 - 8.

Buy this book direct from Amazon or Book Depository.

SEX IS A FUNNY WORD by Cory Silverberg

Sex is a funny word - Sex Education Books for Children

This book isn't about sex but about sexuality - body parts, gender, feelings, touch, privacy, consent, rights, families,   and other topics related to reproduction. It is  very inclusive and diverse in representing race, ability, gender and sexuality. It also includes a trans/non gender conforming  character within the story. 
This book is ideal for children between the ages of 8 - 12.

These are some of the many children's books on transgender that have been written. As I find more, I will add them to this list. They are all really good books that you will find useful for starting to talk about the private body parts.

If you have looked at these children's books on transgender, you may also be interested in books on other topics too. You can find many of them listed in my book review site.

And don't forget that if you're looking for children's books on transgender, then you may also want to know about what else you could be talking about with your child. My age by age guide, listed below, will help you to get started.

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