Although transgender (someone whose gender identity doesn't correspond with their biological sex as it was at birth) characters and topics are becoming more visible in recent years, many of these stories are written by cisgender (someone whose gender identity corresponds with their biological sex as it was at birth) authors. For those wanting a trans reading experience as related by someone with personal experience, here are a few books to get you started. Please note that pronouns used in the descriptions are those provided by the Goodreads blurbs.
A+E 4ever by I merey
Let’s get right to it: this graphic novel is about two a) artistic, b) music-loving, c) Jewish, and d) genderqueer friends who consider becoming something more. From that line alone, I think it’s safe to say that we all desperately need this book.
Hello, Cruel World by Kate Bornstein
Part memoir, part gender theory, and part humorous advice, Hello, Cruel World offers alternatives to suicide for queer youth struggling to be themselves. As one reviewer puts it, “This book is basically the “how-to” manual for the ‘It Gets Better’ project.”
Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz
Set in a futuristic world that takes cues from our own, Lizard Radio follows Kivali, whose nonconformist guardian thrusts her into a camp where teens are forced to choose who they are (boy or girl, leader or follower) in order to become adults. An examination of binaries of all kinds (but especially the gender binary), it is absolutely worth investing in the hardback now!
George by Alex Gino
George tells the story of a girl who wants to play Charlotte in her class’s rendition of Charlotte’s Web. But when her teacher refuses, calling her a boy, she devises a plan not only to get the part, but to make everyone understand who she is along the way.