Recommended Reading for Families: Transgender Visibility

March 31 is Transgender Day of Visibility, an annual event dedicated to celebrating transgender people – raising awareness of discrimination and highlighting their contributions to society. Our staff has created a list of recommended readings to help young readers cultivate an inclusive understanding of transgender rights.

Call me Max by Kyle Lukeoff

Max’s friend Stephen is great at many things. But more than anything else, Stephen can tell a story. His stories have the ability to change listeners initial impressions of people and situations. When Stephen signs up for the schools talent show, Max signs up to be his assistant. After selecting that just-right dress and those just-right shoes for the show, the moment arrives. Stephen steps onto the stage. The lights shine brightly in his face. He looks out into the crowd knowing he has prepared everything, except the one thing that matters his performance. What will Max, standing in the wings, do to help his friend?

Growing Up Trans by Lindsay Herriot

What does it mean to be young and transgender today? Written by trans youth from 11 to 18, this collection illustrates the trans experience through stories, essays, art and poetry. They tell of the challenges, big and small, of being a young trans person. It is also a toolkit for what understanding, acceptance, and support for the trans community looks like.

My Rainbow by DeShanna Neal

A dedicated mom puts love into action as she creates the perfect rainbow-colored wig for her transgender daughter, based on the real-life experience of mother-daughter advocate duo Trinity and DeShanna Neal.