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This is the latest version of my compiled list of resources for parents of transgender children, or parents of any child that has questions about gender.

 

BOOKS

Title Info Recommended By
Red: A Crayon’s Story “So, I  always recommend this book for folks with little kiddos … It really explains the core concepts of identity in a way that’s easy for kids and adults to understand. “Duh, I know you’re saying I’m red, but I’m very clearly blue.” I’ve bought like ten of them to give to parents to be.” Reg Calcagno
George …(good for slightly older kids – like 8-9ish). George knows she’s a girl, the adults in her life insist she’s a boy. Her friends help her come up with a plan. Reg Calcagno
Parrotfish …(more of a middle school level book) – Angela never felt quite right as a girl. Angela cuts her hair short, buys some new clothes and chooses the name Grady. Grady is happy but his family and friends aren’t as accepting. Reg Calcagno
Backwards Day … a book that seems to describe my childhood fantasy of being able to turn into a boy. Reg Calcagno
10,000 Dresses “the first book for children depicting the experience of a child who is transgender, or at least gender-variant. Bailey’s experiences, and the initial reactions of family members, are accurate and realistic, as is the importance of finding an understanding friend.” Cristy Price Hadley
Gracefully Grayson “A friend recommended the book “Gracefully Grayson” when our journey began. It is a YA fiction quick read, but really sweet. Liv read it in a day as did I and her father. I had her 10 and 11 year old siblings read it. I recommended it to friends and family and kids about 10 and up. It just felt so real to us. It talked about transitioning or the need to…in a way folks could understand.” Melissa Bickel
Sex is a Funny Word “Book for tweens that covers gender amongst other topics. Good book for adults to educate themselves, too.” Wandalyn Savala
The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals Reg Calcagno via Chris Hampton
The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes Reg Calcagno via Chris Hampton
The Transgender Teen: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Teens Reg Calcagno via Chris Hampton
The Gender Quest Workbook …  recommended to me by a friend who is a social worker specializing in suicide prevention. The man who wrote the book is a psychology professor at Rhodes College and a trans man himself and he studies suicide among trans and gender nonconforming people. This is a book parents and their trans kids often read together.  (comment from Reg – also highly recommend this one!) Reg Calcagno via Chris Hampton

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