Book for Gender Variant/Non-Conforming Kids

So following on yesterday’s post about teaching gender-variant students, I have a fabulous list of books from my new favorite blog: Accepting Dad. Check out the list and then go check out his blog. It’s got a lot of really great resources on it.

Supportive Books & Media for Gender Variant / Non-conforming Kids

Children’s Books About Uniqueness and Self-Esteem

  • • Oliver Button is a Sissy, Tommie de Paola, 1979. Orlando, FL: Harcourt Children’s Books, Ages 4-8
  • • William’s Doll, Charlotte Zolotow and Wlliam Pene Dubois, 1985. USA: HarperTrophy, an Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, Young children
  • • Pinky and Rex (part of a series), James Howe and Melissa Sweet, 1990. New York, NY: Aladdin Paperbacks, an imprint of Simon and Shuster Children’s Division, Young children
  • • The Big Orange Splot, D. Manus Pinkwater (aka Daniel Pinkwater) , 1993. New York, NY: Scholastic Paperbacks, Ages 4-8
  • • Caleb’s Friend, Eric Jon Nones, 1993. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Ages 5-8
  • • The Straight Line Wonder, Mem Fox and Marc Rosenthal (Illustrator), 1997. New York, NY: Mondo Publishing, Ages 4-8
  • • Best Best Colors / Los Mejores Colores, Eric Hoffman and Celeste Henriquez (Illustrator), 1999. Minnepolis, MN: Red Leaf Press (Anti-Bias Books for Kids)
  • • Jack and Jim, Kitty Crowther, 2000. New York, NY: Hyperion Books for Children, Young children
  • • Nobody Knew What to Do: A Story about Bullying, 2001. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman & Company, 2001. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman & Company, Ages 4-8
  • • It’s Okay to Be Different, Todd Parr, 2001. New York, NY: Little, Brown and Company. Megan Tingley Books, Young children
  • • The Sissy Duckling, Harvey Fierstein and Henry Cole, 2002. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, Ages 4-8
  • • I’m Gonna Like Me: Letting off a Little Self-esteem, Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell, 2002. USA: Joanna Cotler Books, an Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, Young children
  • • Horace and Morris but Mostly Dolores, James Howe and Amy Walrod, 2003. New York, NY: Aladdin Paperbacks, an imprint of Simon and Shuster Children’s Division, Young children
  • • The Boy Who Cried Fabulous, Lesléa Newman and Peter Ferguson, 2004. Berkeley, CA: Tricycle Press, Young children
  • • Girls Will Be Boys Will Be Girls, J. T. Bunnell and Irit Reinheimer, 2004. Brooklyn, NY: Soft Skull Press, Young children
  • • Dumpy La Rue, Elizabeth Winthrop and Betsy Lewin, 2004. New York, NY: Owlet Books, Henry Holt and Co., Ages 4-8
  • • Princesses Are Not Quitters, Kate Lum, Sue Hellard (Illustrator), 2005. USA: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Ages 9-12
  • • Fancy Nancy, Jane O’Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator) , 2005. USA: Harper Collins, Ages 4-8
  • • The Story of Ferdinand, Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson (Illustrator), 2007. Puffin Storytime; Pap/Com edition, Ages 4-8

Teens’ Fiction

  • • What I Know Now, Rodger Larson, 1997. Henry Holt & Company, Ages 12 and up
  • • The Misfits, James Howe, 2003. Aladdin; Reprint edition, Ages 10 to 14
  • • The Secret Fruit of Peter Paddington, Brian Francis, 2005. Harper Perennial, Ages 12 and up
  • • Luna, Julie Anne Peters, 2006. New York, NY: Little, Brown and Company, Ages 14 and up
  • • So Hard to Say, Alex Sanchez, 2006. Simon Pulse, Ages 14 & up
  • • Totally Joe, James Howe, 2007. Aladdin; Reprint edition, Ages 12 and up
  • • If You Believe in Mermaids … Don’t Tell, A. A. Philips, 2007. Indianapolis, IN: Dog Ear Publishing, Ages 11 & up
  • • Parrotfish, Ellen Wittlinger, 2007. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Ages 14 and up
  • Books about Bodies
  • • Changing Bodies, Changing Lives: A Book for Teens on Sex and Relationships, Ruth Bell, 1998. Three Rivers, MI: Three Rivers Press; 3rd Rev edition, Teens
  • • The Care & Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls, Valorie L. Schaeffer, Norm Bendell (illustrator), 1998. US: American Girl Books
  • • What’s Going on Down There? Answers to Questions Boys Find Hard to Ask, Karen Gravelle, 1999. New York, NY: Walker Books for Young Readers, Grade 5-10
  • • It’s So Amazing!: A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families, Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley (Illustrator), 2004. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, Baby-Preschool
  • • Amazing You! Getting Smart about Your Private Parts (A First Guide to Body Awareness for Preeschoolers), Dr. Gail Saltz and Lynne Cravath (Illustrator), 2005. New York, NY: Dutton Children’s Books, Ages 4-8
  • • It’s Not the Stork!: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends, Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberly (Illustrator), 2006. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, Ages 4-8
  • • The Bare Naked Book, Kathy Stinson and Heather Collins (Illustrator), 2006. Toronto, ON: Anick Press, Ages 4-8

Books about Bullying

  • • When Kids Drive Kids Crazy, Eda LeShan, 1990. New York, NY: Dial Books, a division of Penguin Books
  • • How to Handle Bullies, Teasers, and Other Meanies, Kate Cohen-Posey, 1995. FL: Rainbow Books – A Parent-Child How-To Resource, Pre-teens/teens
  • • Pinky and Rex and the Bully (part of a series), James Howe and Melissa Sweet, 1996. New York, NY: Aladdin Paperbacks, an imprint of Simon and Shuster Children’s Division, Young children
  • • Chrysanthemum, Kevin Henkes, 1996. USA: HarperTrophy, an imprint of Harper Collins, Ages 4-8
  • • Bullies are a Pain in the Brain, by Trevor Romain, Elizabeth Verdick (Editor), 1997. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing , Ages 9-12
  • • Stop Picking On Me, Pat Thomas and Lesley Harker, 2000. Hauppauge NY: Barron’s Educational Series, Ages 4-8
  • • Nobody Knew What to Do, Becky Ray McCain, 2001. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman & Company, Ages 4-8
  • • The Recess Queen, Alexis O’Neill, Laura Huliska-Beith (Illustrator), 2002. New York, NY: Scholastic Press, Babies to Preschool
  • • Say Something, Peggy Moss, 2004. Gardiner, ME: Tilbury House Publishers,
  • • A Bad Case of Stripes, Peggy Moss, 2004. Gardiner, ME: Tilbury House Publisheres, Ages 4-8
  • • My Secret Bully, Trudy Ludwig and Abigail Marble (Illustrator), 2005. Berkeley, CA: Tricycle Press, an Imprint of Ten Speed Press, Ages 4-8
  • • Just Kidding, Trudy Ludwig and Adam Gustavson (Illustrator), 2006. Berkeley, CA: Tricycle Press, an Imprint of Ten Speed Press, Ages 4-8
  • • The Bully Blockers Club, Teresa Bateman, 2006. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman & Company, Ages 4-8

Books about Families and Relationships

  • • Families: A Coloring Book, Michael Willhoite, 1991. Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Publications, Young children
  • • Daddy’s Roommate, Michael Willhoite, 1991. Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Wonderland, and Imprint of Alyson Publications, Young children
  • • Families are Different, Nina Pelligrini, 1991. New York, NY: Holiday House, Ages 4-8
  • • Daddy’s Wedding, Michael Willhoite, 1996. Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Publications, Young children
  • • Who’s in a Family?Robert Skutch and Laura Nienhaus (Illustrator), 1997. Berkeley, CA: Tricycle Press, Ages 4-8
  • • Lucy Goes to the Country, Joseph Kennedy and John Canemaker, 1998. Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Wonderland, and Imprint of Alyson Publications, Young children
  • • Heather Has Two Mommies, Lesléa Newman and Diana Souza, 2000. Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Publications, Young children
  • • All Families Are Different, Sol Gordon and Vivien Cohen (Illustrator), 2000. New Yrok, NY: Prometheus Books, Ages 4-8
  • • ABC: A Family Alphabet Book, Bobbie Combs, Desiree Keane and Brian Rappa, 2000. Ridley Park, PA: Two Lives Publishing, Young children
  • • King and King, Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland, 2002. Berkeley, CA: Tricycle Press, Young children
  • • The Family Book, Todd Parr, 2003. New York, NY: Little, Brown and Company. Megan Tingley Books, Ages 4-8
  • • King and King & Family, Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland, 2004. Berkeley, CA: Tricycle Press, Young children
  • • One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dads, Johnny Valentine, Melody Sarecky, 2004. Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Publications, Ages 4-8
  • • Molly’s Family, Nancy Garden and Sharon Wooding (Illustrator), 2004. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Ages 4-8
  • • Mom And Mum Are Getting Married, Ken Setterington & Alice Priestly, 2004. Second Story Press, Ages 4-8
  • • And Tango Makes Three, Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, 2005. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing , Ages 4-8
  • • Emma and Meesha My Boy: A Two Mom Story, Kaitlyn Taylor Considine, 2005. Twomombooks.com, Baby – preeschool

Videos, Fiction

  • • Oliver Button is a Star, Tommie de Paola, 1990. Tommie de Paola, Ages 4-8
  • • Sissy Duckling(not commercially released), Harvey Fierstein, HBO Studios Productions. Ages 4-8

Videos, Documentary

  • • That’s a Family, A film by Debra Chasnoff, Women’s Educational Media, 8 and up
  • • Let’s Get Real, A film by Debra Chasnoff, Helen S. Cohen and Kate Stilley, Women’s Educational Media, 11 and up

Posters

• Every Girl Every Boy Poster:Available form multiple internet sources. Also available in Spanish language: Cada Niña Cada Niño

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2 Responses to Book for Gender Variant/Non-Conforming Kids

  1. Kathy Q. says:

    Great list, but I wish it included Mo Willem’s Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed. It’s a subtle, but not too subtle, story of clothes-based nonconformity and acceptance.

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