Transgender Children: Books to Help Adults Understand

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Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family. Amy Ellis Nutt. 2015. Captures the inspiring true story of identical twins, one of whom is transgender, and a family’s journey to acceptance.

The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes. Diane Ehrensaft and Norman Spack. 2016.  A comprehensive resource that explains the interconnected effects of biology, nurture, and culture to explore why gender can be fluid, rather than binary. A guide through the rapidly changing cultural, medical, and legal landscape of gender and identity.

Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son. Lori Duron. 2014. A frank, heartfelt, and brutally funny account of her and her family's adventures of distress and happiness raising a gender-creative son. Whereas her older son, Chase, is a Lego-loving, sports-playing boy's boy, her younger son, C.J., would much rather twirl around in a pink sparkly tutu. Based on Duron’s popular blog.

Raising Ryland: Our Story of Parenting a Transgender Child with No Strings Attached. Hillary Whittington. 2016. Hilary first told Ryland’s story in a short video for the teachers in his new school as he began kindergarten. The video soon went viral. In this moving account, you are now taken on the path of his parents as they transform their understanding of gender and learn take the many steps needed to support the life of their child.

Supporting Transgender and Gender Creative Youth: Schools, Families, and Communities in Action. Elizabeth Meyer and Annie Pullen Sansfaçon (Editors) 2014. Specifically addresses issues and challenges in education, social work, medicine, and counseling as well as recommendations that are relevant for parents, families, practitioners, and educators alike.

Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue, Nicholas M. Teich, 2012. A readable and thorough primer on the history, terminology, types, politics, and medical and social realities of the transgender population. Written for students, professionals, friends, and family members.

The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals, Stephanie A. Brill & Rachel Pepper, 2008.  A comprehensive guidebook on gender variance from birth through college. What will happen when your preschool son insists on wearing a dress to school? Is this ever just a phase? How can parents advocate for their children in elementary schools? What are the current laws? What do doctors and therapists recommend?

The Transgender Teen.  Stephanie A. Brill and Lisa Kenney. 2016. A comprehensive guidebook that explores the unique challenges that thousands of families face every day raising a teenager who may be transgender, non-binary or gender-fluid. Covers topics relating to physical and emotional development, social and school pressures, medical considerations, and family communications.