Books to Foster Inclusivity: A Guide for Parents of Trans Children

by Bailey Bouwman

As parents, we want our children to feel loved and accepted for who they are. However, for trans and gender non-conforming children, this can be a particularly challenging journey. Unfortunately, trans youth are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts than their cisgender peers.

The Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey found that 35% of trans youth in Canada had experienced physical violence due to their gender identity, and 70% had experienced verbal harassment.

At Nest & Sprout, we are committed to providing resources that help parents create a safe and inclusive environment for their trans and gender non-conforming children. We believe that every child deserves to feel loved and accepted, no matter who they are or who they will become.

With this in mind, we've curated a list of kids books currently available at Nest & Sprout that can help parents and children navigate issues related to gender identity and expression. These books teach children about the importance of being true to oneself, accepting others, and creating a world that celebrates diversity and inclusivity.

Book Title Description
It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity by Theresa ThornIt Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity This beautifully illustrated book teaches children about gender identity in a way that's easy to understand. It covers topics like pronouns and gender expression. Age Range: 4-8 years

I'm Not a Girl by Maddox Lyons and Jessica Verdi

I''m Not a Girl

This touching book follows the story of a young boy who knows he's not a girl, even though everyone around him assumes he is. It's a great tool for teaching children about being true to oneself. Age Range: 4-8 Years

Intersection Allies: We Make Room for All

Intersection Allies: We Make Room for All

This book teaches children about diversity, inclusion, and social justice. It features stories about people who face discrimination, including those who identify as trans. Age Range: 6-10 years

It's Okay to Be a Unicorn by Jason Tharp

It's Okay to Be a Unicorn!

This fun and colorful book celebrates individuality and encourages kids to be themselves, no matter what others may think. Age Range: 3-6 years

I'll Walk with You by Carol Lynn Pearson

I'll Walk with You

This heartwarming book teaches children about empathy and the power of friendship. It's a great way to teach children about inclusivity and acceptance. Age Range 3-8 years


These books are great tools for parents who want to teach their children about gender identity and expression. These can be hard topics to navigate as a family, and childrens books can help reinforce family values and support our community. They are also useful for promoting empathy, inclusivity, and social justice with your family. 

At this time we don't have any books to support you the parent with parenting trans kids and talking about gender, but we've created a short list of recommendations. If you'd like us to order these books in for you, just send us a message. We'd love too see if they are available with our vendors. 

  1. "The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals" by Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper - This book is a comprehensive guide for parents and caregivers of transgender children. It covers topics like coming out, dealing with discrimination, and supporting a child's transition.

  2. "Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming Children" by Diane Ehrensaft - This book provides practical advice and guidance for parents of gender-nonconforming children. It covers topics like understanding gender identity, creating a supportive environment, and advocating for your child.

  3. "Parenting Beyond Pink & Blue: How to Raise Your Kids Free of Gender Stereotypes" by Christia Spears Brown - This book challenges gender stereotypes and provides practical advice for parents on how to create a gender-inclusive environment for their children.

  4. "Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue" by Nicholas M. Teich - This book is a beginner's guide to understanding transgender issues. It covers topics like gender identity, transitioning, and the challenges that transgender individuals face.

We hope these resources will help you support your trans and gender non-conforming children. Remember, every child deserves to feel loved and accepted for who they are. Let's create a world where that's the norm. 


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