There are a lot of horrible things happening in the world (and on the other side of the border) and The Book Wars is doing our part in the #resist movement. For that reason, here is a list we are curating with links to articles people have written about kidlit books by/about trans people. If you have a link you think we should add, please let us know. This is meant to be a resource of sorts for people who want to know more. We would love to provide a boost to those whose voices need to be heard.
- “Top 10 Books By Transgender Authors Featuring Trans Characters” by John Hansen: This list isn’t all children’s literature, but Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz, George by Alex Gino, and If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo are included in the list.
- “6 Excellent Trans Authors Available As Audiobooks” by Casey Stepaniuk: I like that there is a list for audiobook formats because it’s especially important that marginalized voices are accessible to diverse audiences.
- “The 21 Best Transgender And Gender Non-Conforming Books For Kids” by Em & Lo: I’m not sure I agree that all of these books are the “best”. Some of them are even problematic where trans representation is concerned, but that is why the article I posted below and the links above are important in helping you figure out what to put on your TBR.
- “Dear Cisgender People Who Write, Publish, And Read ‘Trans’ Books” by Constance Augusta Zaber: Not a list, but an important read.
- “41 Transgender-Friendly Books for Young Kids” by Sarah Mirk: Despite its title, this list isn’t limited to books for young kids, and includes middle grade and YA titles instead. These 41 books feature transgender as well as gender fluid and gender queer characters.
- “More Trans Kids Books” by Maggie: Maggie is a Seattle-based teen librarian and the blogger behind “Rad Books for Rad Kids”. This list includes books featuring trans, gender queer and gender fluid characters, with an emphasis on books for younger children.
- “How to Review a Trans Book as a Cis Person” by Vee (@): An extremely valuable read for book bloggers, reviewers, librarians and educators who want to read and write about trans books in a respectful, inclusive and informed way that supports, rather than harms, the trans community.
- “The Acceptance” Narrative in Trans YA” by Vee: Another fascinating article by Vee, this time on the Gayya website (which is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in LGTBQ+ literature). In this article, Vee talks about the pervasive, damaging “acceptance” narrative in YA, and highlights how vital it is that trans individuals be the driving forces behind trans narratives.
EDIT: We will be moving these links, and hopefully many more, to a resources page on our website that you can access whenever you like. We’ll keep you posted. 🙂