All resources on this page were gathered and personally vetted by Ly Baumgardt (and lightly edited for clarity by Ty Gale).
George. A book aimed at 5th graders about a trans girl realizing who she is and coming out. I personally know those who this book has changed their lives, it’s pretty good! Fiction, chapter book
Who Are You? The Kid’s Guide to Gender. Nonfiction guide to gender identity for children. Ages 3 and up, for families as well! Nonfiction, picture book with resources
10,000 Dresses. “A story about a young trans girl with a bad family who dreams of dresses- and later makes them with the help of another girl.” Fiction, picture book
I am Jazz! “From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn’t feel like herself in boys’ clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz’s story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.” Very binary perspective with outdated terminology, but can be a starting place. Nonfiction, picture book
Red: A Crayon’s Story. “Red has a bright red label, but he is, in fact, blue. His teacher tries to help him be red (let’s draw strawberries!), his mother tries to help him be red by sending him out on a playdate with a yellow classmate (go draw a nice orange!), and the scissors try to help him be red by snipping his label so that he has room to breathe. But Red is miserable. He just can’t be red, no matter how hard he tries!” Fiction, picture book
Jack not Jackie! “In this heartwarming picture book, a big sister realizes that her little sister, Jackie, doesn’t like dresses or fairies-she likes ties and bugs! Will she and her family be able to accept that Jackie identifies more as ‘Jack’?” Fiction, picture book
Phoenix Goes to School: A Story to Support Transgender and Gender Diverse Children. “‘Just be yourself and always listen to your heart.’ With those words of encouragement from her Mom, Phoenix is preparing for her first day of school. She is excited but scared of being bullied because of her gender identity and expression. Yet when she arrives at school she finds help and support from teachers and friends, and finds she is brave enough to talk to other kids about her gender!” Fiction, picture book
All I Want To Be Is Me. A short book about NB and trans kids, including GNC trans kids! Picture book
Introducing Teddy: A Gentle Story About Gender and Friendship. “One sunny day, Errol finds that Thomas the Teddy is sad, and Errol can’t figure out why. Then Thomas the Teddy finally tells Errol what Teddy has been afraid to say: ‘In my heart, I’ve always known that I’m a girl Teddy, not a boy Teddy. I wish my name was Tilly.’ And Errol says, ‘I don’t care if you’re a girl teddy or a boy teddy! What matters is that you are my friend.'” Fiction, picture book
My Princess Boy. “Dyson loves pink, sparkly things. Sometimes he wears dresses. Sometimes he wears jeans. He likes to wear his princess tiara, even when climbing trees. He’s a Princess Boy. Inspired by the author’s son, and by her own initial struggles to understand, this is a heart-warming book about unconditional love and one remarkable family.” Fiction, picture book
Julián is a Mermaid. “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?” Fiction, picture book
Danger and Eggs. A cartoon for kids that has a pride festival episode inspired by attending Twin Cities Pride! Textually LGBTQ characters are common, the mayor is a black woman and it features famous trans girl Jazz Jennings! It focuses on found family, community, and being yourself.
Steven Universe. Steven (the protagonist) is very gender nonconforming and its creator described the Crystal Gems (the main supporting cast) as “non-binary women”. One character is literally the embodiment of two women in love with each other! They fight space fascism and toxic masculinity! It’s great!
Star vs. the Forces of Evil. Star defies the inherent evil of monarchy by encouraging all her friends to actively participate in their community. And a gender nonconforming character in the cast has been hinted at being a trans girl by the creators!
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. A show with an exceptionally diverse cast! Lesbian characters, characters of all body sizes and GNC characters abound. Somehow more gay than the original He-Man.