[kids-lib] Gender identity booklist - updated

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Wed May 11 09:58:42 PDT 2016

Hi! Our colleagues on the Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) listserv have been working on updating a gender identity booklist (see below). You may also be interested in the Oregon Department of Education's recent guidelines on creating a safe and supportive school environment for transgender students<http://media.oregonlive.com/education_impact/other/Transgender%20Student%20Guidance%205-5-16.pdf>.—Katie

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Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 9:05 AM
To: Katie Anderson <KatieAnderson at oslmail.osl.state.or.us>
Subject: [oasl-all] Gender identity booklist - updated

Thanks so much for all the great suggestions and comments on this! Here's the link to the updated list, and all of the titles are below as well.

Thanks again,

Gender identity booklist (K-12)

Found a great website with a nice list of books and also ideas for other ways to be a Welcoming School!

Welcoming Schools Transgender Book List<http://www.welcomingschools.org/pages/looking-at-gender-identity-with-childrens-books/>

One of the entry points for this topic may be bullying. The Welcoming Schools list includes books that address it from that perspective.<http://www.welcomingschools.org/pages/looking-at-gender-identity-with-childrens-books/>

10,000 dresses

By Ewert, Marcus  Dewey: -E-

Bailey longs to wear the beautiful dresses of her dreams but is ridiculed by her unsympathetic family which rejects her true perception of herself.

Lexile: 540, AD

____#25383Y8  2008  IL:K-3  RL:2.2  $12.76

Almost perfect

By Katcher, Brian  Dewey: -Fic-

With his mother working long hours and in pain from a romantic break-up, eighteen-year-old Logan feels alone and unloved until a zany new student--who is hiding a big secret--arrives at his small-town Missouri high school.

Lexile: 620, HL

____#0086CE4  2009  IL:YA  $14.61

Beyond magenta : transgender teens speak out

By Kuklin, Susan  Dewey: 306.768

"Six teens tell what it is like for them to be members of the transgender community"--Dust jacket.

Lexile: 600, HL

____#0559UM6  2014  IL:YA  $19.59

Double exposure

By Birdsall, Bridget  Dewey: -Fic-

Fifteen-year-old Alyx Atlas starts school in a new state with a new identity--as a girl--but a bully on the basketball court threatens to reveal that Alyx is an intersex person, which could disqualify Alyx and the team from playing in the state championship game.

Lexile: 700, HL

____#0560CR4  2014  IL:YA  $14.46

Gender issues and sexuality : essential primary sources

Dewey: 306.76

Presents approximately 150 primary source documents, such as speeches, legislation, memoirs, newspaper articles, and interviews, related to gender issues and sexuality between the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries.

____#19692S9  2006  IL:YA  $196.61

NOTE: Available to all Oregon school libraries through OSLIS/Gale as an ebook.

Gracefully Grayson

By Polonsky, Ami  Dewey: -Fic-

"Grayson, a transgender twelve-year-old, learns to accept her true identity and share it with the world"--Provided by publisher.

Lexile: 720

____#0551KP7  2014  IL:3-6  RL:4.5  $14.49

I am J

By Beam, Cris  Dewey: -Fic-

J, who feels that he is a boy who was mistakenly born a girl, hides who he is from his family and the world, but after he loses his best friend, J decides to stop hiding, whatever the cost.

Lexile: 710, HL

____#0889KB3  2011  IL:YA  $9.39

If I was your girl

By Russo, Meredith  Dewey: -Fic-

Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a big secret, so when she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew.

____#1157EB2  2016  IL:AD  $15.34

Jacob's new dress

By Hoffman, Sarah  Dewey: -E-

Jacob, who likes to wear dresses at home, convinces his parents to let him wear a dress to school, too.

Lexile: 400, AD

____#0857BM9  2014  IL:K-3  RL:1.7  $16.99

My princess boy : a mom's story about a young boy who loves to dress up

By Kilodavis, Cheryl  Dewey: 305.23

Illustrations and text describe a four-year-old boy who happily wears dresses, a princess tiara, and the color pink while he climbs trees and plays soccer, even though there are people who laugh and do not think that boys should wear dresses.

____#0211PM3  2009  IL:K-3  RL:2.7  $15.34

None of the above

By Gregorio, I. W  Dewey: -Fic-

Homecoming queen Kristin Lattimer has a hard enough time dealing with her body, but her visit to the doctor reveals a difficult truth, Kristin is intersex, which means that though she looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy "parts" and after her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, her identity is thrown into question.

Lexile: 770, HL

____#0604EU0  2015  IL:YA  $15.34

Red : a crayon's story

By Hall, Michael  Dewey: -E-

Red's factory-applied label clearly says that he is red, but despite the best efforts of his teacher, fellow crayons and art supplies, and family members, he cannot seem to do anything right until a new friend offers a fresh perspective.

Lexile: 120, AD

____#0667CS1  2015  IL:K-3  RL:1.5  $15.34

Riding freedom

By Ryan, Pam Munoz  Dewey: -Fic-

A fictionalized account of Charley (Charlotte) Parkhurst who ran away from an orphanage, posed as a boy, moved to California, and fooled everyone by her appearance.

Lexile: 720

____#32386G2  1998  IL:3-6  RL:4.8  $4.55

Symptoms of being human

By Garvin, Jeff  Dewey: -Fic-

"A gender-fluid teenager who struggles with identity creates a blog on the topic that goes viral, and faces ridicule at the hands of fellow students"--Provided by publisher.

Lexile: 760, HL

____#0606LY7  2016  IL:YA  $15.34

Alex as well

By Brugman, Alyssa  Dewey: -Fic-

Raised as a boy, fourteen-year-old Alex, who has male and female sexual body parts, rejects the hormonal medications prescribed by his mother and decides to live as a girl.

Lexile: 620, HL

____#0978TR2  2015  IL:YA  $14.49

Beautiful music for ugly children

By Cronn-Mills, Kirstin  Dewey: -Fic-

"Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he was born with a girl's body. With his new public access radio show gaining in popularity, Gabe struggles with romance, friendships, and parents--all while trying to come out as transgendered. An audition for a station in Minneapolis looks like his ticket to a better life in the big city. But his entire future is threatened when several violent guys find out Gabe, the popular DJ, is also Elizabeth from school"--Provided by publisher.

Lexile: 600, HL

____#0657SB3  2012  IL:YA  $6.49

Crossing lines

By Volponi, Paul  Dewey: -Fic-

Adonis, a football hero and boyfriend to one of the prettiest girls at school, goes along with the team when they target Alan, a new kid who wears lipstick and joins the fashion club, but he must choose between being popular and doing the right thing when his buddies come up with a plan to humiliate Alan.

Lexile: 810

____#0220JM9  2011  IL:YA  $14.49


By Clark, Kristin  Dewey: -Fic-

Told from three viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Brendan, a wrestler, struggles to come to terms with his place on the transgender spectrum while Vanessa, the girl he loves, and Angel, a transgender acquaintance, try to help.

Lexile: 700, HL

____#0973TJ5  2013  IL:YA  $16.19


By Gino, Alex  Dewey: -Fic-

"When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part . . . because she's a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte -- but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all"--provided by publisher.

Lexile: 790

____#0822BV4  2015  IL:3-6  RL:4.7  $14.49

Happy families

By Davis, Tanita S  Dewey: -Fic-

In alternating chapters, sixteen-year-old twins Ysabel and Justin share their conflicted feelings as they struggle to come to terms with their father's decision to dress as a woman.

____#0467HXX  2012  IL:YA  $14.49

I am Jazz

By Herthel, Jessica  Dewey: 306.76

Text and illustrations tell the story of Jazz Jenning, who was born a boy, but felt like a girl.

____#0744YQX  2014  IL:K-3  RL:1.6  $15.34

If you could be mine

By Farizan, Sara  Dewey: -Fic-

In Iran, where homosexuality is punishable by death, seventeen-year-olds Sahar and Nasrin love each other in secret until Nasrin's parents announce their daughter's arranged marriage and Sahar proposes a drastic solution.

Lexile: 670, HL

____#0580UR6  2014  IL:YA  $8.51

Morris Micklewhite and the tangerine dress

By Baldacchino, Christine  Dewey: -E-

A young boy faces adversity from classmates when he wears a tangerine colored dress to school.

____#0980UM3  2014  IL:K-3  RL:2.3  $14.46

My seventh-grade life in tights

By Benjamin, Brooks  Dewey: -Fic-

"All Dillon wants is to be a real dancer. And if he wins a summer scholarship at Dance-Splosion, he's on his way. The problem? His dad wants him to play football. And Dillon's freestyle crew, the Dizzee Freekz, says that dance studios are for sell-outs"--Provided by publisher.

Lexile: 560

____#0963WX6  2016  IL:3-6  RL:4  $14.49


By Wong, Liz  Dewey: -E-

"Quackers has always believed that he is a duck, but when he meets new friends who look like him and call themselves cats, he has to find a way to combine the best of both worlds"--Provided by publisher.

____#0964ZX4  2016  IL:K-3  RL:1.8  $13.64

Respecting the contributions of LGBT Americans

By Kingston, Anna  Dewey: 306.76

Examines the history of LGBT Americans and the contributions they have made.

____#0620BA0  2013  IL:3-6  RL:5.3  $17.70

Some assembly required : the not-so-secret life of a transgender teen

By Andrews, Arin  Dewey: 306.76

"Seventeen-year-old Arin Andrews shares all the hilarious, painful, and poignant details of undergoing gender reassignment as a high school student in this teen memoir"--Provided by publisher.

Lexile: 970

____#0543RQ3  2014  IL:YA  $15.34

What we left behind

By Talley, Robin  Dewey: -Fic-

"Toni and Gretchen are the couple everyone envied in high school. They've been together forever. They never fight. They're deeply, hopelessly in love. When they separate for their first year at college--Toni to Harvard and Gretchen to NYU--they're sure they'll be fine. ... The reality of being apart, though, is very different than they expected. Toni, who identifies as genderqueer, meets a group of transgender upperclassmen and immediately finds a sense of belonging that has always been missing, but Gretchen struggles to remember who she is outside their relationship. While Toni worries that Gretchen won't understand Toni's new world, Gretchen begins to wonder where she fits in this puzzle ..."--Jacket flap.

____#0587RX8  2015  IL:YA  $16.19

On Mon, May 9, 2016 at 1:08 PM, Miranda Doyle <oasl-all at ola.memberclicks.net<mailto:oasl-all at ola.memberclicks.net>> wrote:
Hi all,

You may have seen the Oregon Department of Education's recent guidelines on creating a safe and supportive school environment for transgender students (if not, find it here<http://media.oregonlive.com/education_impact/other/Transgender%20Student%20Guidance%205-5-16.pdf>).

Reading the document made me wonder whether our library collections have a good selection of books on this topic. I came up with a short list of newer -- mostly 2014-16 -- fiction and nonfiction titles to add for various age levels.

Gender identity booklist (K-12)<https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jkLTtBwH65ZxVOoquGH7zgJR2Hgd81jXSevcjOQNMSU/edit?usp=sharing>

I think it's an important topic. Please suggest titles and I'll add them to my shared list!


Miranda Doyle
Lake Oswego School District
National Board Certified Teacher, Library Media
Google Certified Educator, Level 2

Katie Anderson, Youth Services Consultant
Library Support and Development Services<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/pages/index.aspx>
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