5 Books for Kids with Transgender or Non-Binary Characters

Hating the “other” feels like it’s become the national pastime. The world and our lives are so much better when we can embrace those who are different from us and love people just as they are.

Here are some great books to start kids off on the right foot when relating to and befriending others who are just trying to be accepted and loved for who they are.

BTW: as with most children’s books, these have some good messages for grown-ups, too.

It feels Good to Be Yourself

by Theresa Thorn

This is a great book to give kids (and their grown-ups) a vocabulary to talk about gender identity. And the title is a good reminder for everyone–no matter how you identify gender-wise.

Introducing Teddy: A gentle story about gender and friendship

by Jess Walton

Since she could remember, Jazz knew she was a girl, even though other people thought she was a boy. This is based on the real-life experiences of Jazz Jennings.


by Andrea J. Loney

Bunnybear was born a bear, but he feels more like a bunny. Bears don’t get him. Bunnies don’t understand him. He’s just looking for a friend who likes him just the way he is.

Red: A Crayon’s Story

by Michael Hall

A blue crayon mistakenly gets labeled as “red.” Everyone tries to “help” him to be red until a friend comes along who encourages his “blueness.” Very cool story that can be read on many levels.

They, She, He easy as ABC

by Maya and Matthew Smith-Gonzalez

Introduce kids to inclusive pronouns early on. Not a bad resource for grown-ups who are still figuring out how to be inclusive as well.

For more resources on being welcoming and inclusive, check out welcomingschools.org.

Rev. Anne Russ is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), currently based in New York City. Doubting Believer provides tools and encouragement for the rollercoaster ride of your faith journey. Follow me on Facebook , Instagram and YouTube. You can also follow on TikTok. Get emails to keep up with all that is happening.

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