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. 🙂
Hm, it seems like all of my good webcomic recommendations come from Lindsay/Me On Books*–including, but not limited to, the two webcomics I’d like to talk about today? Basically, if you aren’t already following her blog and/or her Twitter, you’re settling for second-hand recommendations from me. *ahem* Speaking of recommendations, I better get started: Rock And Riot […]
IRL by Tommy Pico is a verse novel #ownvoices Indigenous literature very very modern – it began as a poem on tumblr [x], and incorporates texting abbreviations, complete with autocorrect filling in the wrong (or maybe the right) words an exploration of identities [x] dizzying impossible to put down IRL is a sweaty, summertime poem composed […]
Since I started off February with a book that will make you cry, I figured it’s only fair I pick a happier story this week. Besides, I haven’t actually talked about Check, Please! on its own here at The Book Wars. (Though Yuriy has talked at length about Ukazu’s art, which you can read here.) […]
Finding diversity in early readers, particularly when it comes to popular, commercially-successful series, can unfortunately be a real struggle for many teachers, librarians and caregivers. Books featuring trains, dinosaurs, aliens, superheroes and animals are a dime a dozen, but finding stories that reflect the diversity of our communities can be challenging. I discovered a great […]
Now, how to do justice to the absolute beauty that is walkingnorth’s Always Human using only mostly words? Here is Sunati, our narrator (most of the time). Sunati has blue hair, mad coding skills (she works as a virtual reality environment designer), a sliiiight obsession with outer space, excellent fashion sense (think stars and blue, okay?), […]
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When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off […]
I’ll be honest – this month’s romance theme is a tough one for me. I don’t typically read a lot of YA or MG, and there isn’t usually that much romance in picture books. However – when I’m not singing songs with toddlers, I’m one of the co-chairs of the BC Library Association’s LGBTQ Interest Group. […]
“Look at how pretty you are!” Mum exclaims. “You should straighten your hair all the time!” Well, I guess that’s one thing I can straighten about myself. (p. 63) Leila Azadi has always managed to avoid crushing on any of her classmates. No one knows she likes girls, not her loving and traditional Iranian parents, […]