Trans Day of Visibility Booklist

Trans Day of Visibility

Trans Day of Visibility

March 31, 2023

For Adults | For Teens | For Kids | Picture Books

For Adults

Black on Both Sides Black on Both Sides by C. Riley Snorton

In this award-winning academic work, author C. Riley Snorton showcases important Black figures in transgender history who’ve often been overshadowed by White trans individuals of the time, and also highlights the intersection of anti-Black and anti-trans legislation and violence over the years.

Chef’s Choice Chef’s Choice by TJ Alexander

When Luna O'Shea, a trans woman and chef, gets abruptly fired, trans man and culinary empire heir Jean-Pierre has the perfect offer- paying Luna to pretend to be his girlfriend, a requirement of his inheritance. But it’s not long before sparks ignite for Luna and Jean-Pierre in this charming, queer romance.

Manhunt Manhunt by Gretchen Felker-Martin

Not for the faint of heart. Felker-Martin’s horror novel brings a new perspective to the gender essentialist apocalypse. Trans women Beth and Fran and trans man Robbie ban together as a found family fighting homicidal trans-exclusionary radical feminist (TERFs), feral men, and a crazed sociopath as they seek survival along the ruined New England coast.

The Seep The Seep by Chana Porter

This Lambda Literary Award Finalist and stellar science fiction novel explores life under the control of an alien entity called “The Seep.” For Trina Goldberg-Oneka, a fifty-year-old trans woman, and wife Deeba, The Seep unravels their relationship, but Trina finds new meaning when she encounters a lost boy and aids him on an unexpected journey.

Antes Que Isla es Volcán: Poemas = Before Island is Volcano: Poems Antes Que Isla es Volcán: Poemas = Before Island is Volcano: Poems by Raquel Salas Rivera

Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry, this intelligent and witty collection of poems written in both Spanish and English reimagines a decolonial Puerto Rico. Poet Salas eloquently speaks of the Puerto Rican diaspora and the complicated political status of the United States territory.

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For Teens

Felix Ever After Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

After a student starts sending him transphobic messages, Felix plots his revenge by catfishing his anonymous bully and lands himself in an unexpected quasi-love triangle.

Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir by Suzanne Park

A kind-of true coming-of-age story about a young Asian trans girl who runs away from her abusive home and finds her true family of trans femmes. After a member of her newfound family is murdered and Dearly and her sisters become vigilantes, Dearly has to look within to truly stop the violence and understand what it means to grow and find your family.

The Witch King The Witch King by H.E. Edgmon

Wyatt, a transgender witch, hides in the human world after he loses control of his magic, but his fiancé, Emyr, a fae prince, is at risk of losing his throne if he does not find and marry Wyatt.

What's the T? The Guide to All Things Trans and/or Nonbinary What's the T? The Guide to All Things Trans and/or Nonbinary by Juno Dawson

In this informative and optimistic book, Juno Dawson provides everything you’ve wanted to know about labels and identities and offers uncensored advice on coming out, sex, and relationships. It tackles the complex realities of growing up trans with honesty and humor and is illustrated by gender non-conforming artist Soofiya.

The Sunbearer Trials The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas

Transgender demigod Teo is unexpectedly selected for the Sunbearer Trials, a fierce competition among demigod heroes where the winner sacrifices the loser to Sol, their blood fueling the Sun Stones that protect Reino del Sol.

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For Kids

Melissa Melissa by Alex Gino

Even though most people assume that Melissa is a boy named George, she knows that she’s really a girl. She hopes that the school’s production of Charlotte’s Web will give her a chance to show everybody her real self.

The Other Boy The Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey; illustrated by Sfé R. Monster.

Since twelve-year old Shane moved to a new town, he has been concealing his transgender identity, but when one of his classmates learns the truth, Shane must deal with the reactions of his entire community.

Both Can Be True Both Can Be True by Jules Machias

Ash and Daniel team up to rescue a dog in need, and as the two grow closer, Ash feels the pressure to keep their genderfluid identity a secret.

Sir Callie and the Champions of Helston Sir Callie and the Champions of Helston by Esme Symes-Smith

Trapped in a rigid hierarchy where girls learn magic and boys train as knights, twelve-year-old nonbinary Callie, who dreams of becoming a knight, and their new friends find themselves embedded in an ancient war, but in order to defeat the threats outside the kingdom they must first defeat the bigotry within.

The Pronoun Book: She, He, They, and Me! The Pronoun Book: She, He, They, and Me! by Cassandra Jules Corrigan

This colorfully illustrated book introduces children and their caregivers to the importance of respectful pronoun use across the gender spectrum.

The Gender Wheel The Gender Wheel by Maya Gonzalez

In this inclusive introduction to gender identity, author/illustrator Gonzalez challenges young readers of all shapes, sizes, colors, and genders to think beyond society’s rigid definitions of “boy” and “girl” and to celebrate the various and ever-changing ways that each of us decides who we are.

Be Amazing: A History of Pride Be Amazing: A History of Pride by Desmond is Amazing; illustrated by Dylan Glynn

Youth drag performer Desmond is Amazing presents an illustrated history of the LGBTQ+ Pride movement, with a spotlight on the Stonewall Riots and the role of trans and gender-nonconforming people of color.

You-ology: A Puberty Guide for Every Body You-ology: A Puberty Guide for Every Body

A gender-inclusive and diverse guide to puberty for preteens, that delivers scenarios and factual information with an emphasis on knowledge and empathy.

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Picture Books

When Aiden Became a Brother When Aiden Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff; illustrated by Kaylani Juanita

Although Aidan is excited to welcome his new sibling, his own experiences with gender make him anxious about how to be a supportive brother.

My Rainbow My Rainbow by Trinity and DeShanna Neal; illustrated by Art Twink

A mother creates a one-of-a-kind wig to help her transgender daughter look and feel like her truest self.

My Maddy My Maddy by Gayle E. Pitman; illustrated by Violet Tobacco

A child describes a day with her Maddy, a loving parent who is “neither a boy nor a girl” but is like the many wonderful things in the world that are “not one thing or the other, but in between, and kind of both, and something entirely fantastically their own.” The afterword includes information and advice about gender identity and transition.

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