YA books

Young Adult books with trans and gender diverse characters

There are a growing number of YA books with trans and gender diverse characters, although it should be noted that there are issues with the language and framing in some of these books. We suggest reading some reviews before reading the books as some may contain transphobic content.


For lists and reviews see:

Recommended Books with Trans/NB/Gender Non-Conforming/Genderqueer Characters (by Kyle Lukoff, Queer Books for Teens)

Sex and Romance in Trans YA (by Vee Signorelli, Teen Librarian Toolbox)

2016 Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Books for Teens (by Danielle Jones, YALSA – Young Adult Library Services Association)

Queer YA: Fiction for LGBTQ Teens (by Daisy Porter-Reynolds)

I’m Here. I’m Queer. What the Hell do I Read? (by Lee Wind)

Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian (by Casey Stepaniuk)

41 Transgender-friendly Books for Young Kids (by Sarah Mirk, bitchmedia)

LGBTQ* Fiction for Children and Young People (compiled by Liz Chapman)

Booklist for Trans Teens (goodreads)

Trans* Young Adult Books (goodreads)

YA books with Transgender Characters (goodreads)


A selection of YA books:


The Art of Being Normal

The art of being normal

Lisa Williamson, 2015, David Fickling Books

Website: http://www.lisawilliamsonauthor.com/books.html


Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

Beautiful music for ugly children

Kristin Cronn-Mills, 2012, Flux

Website: http://kirstincronn-mills.com/?page_id=176


Beauty Queens

Beauty queens

Libba Bray, 2011, Scholastic Paperbacks

Website: https://libbabray.com/books/beauty-queens/


Being Emily

Being Emily

Rachel Gold, 2012, Bella Books

Website: http://rachelgold.com/emily/


f2m the boy within

F2m: The boy within

Hazel Edwards & Ryan Kennedy, 2010, Ford Street Publishing

Website: http://www.hazeledwards.com/page/f2mthe_boy_within.html


For Today I Am a Boy

For today I am a boy

Kim Fu, 2014, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Website: https://www.amazon.com/Today-I-Am-Boy/dp/B01L9EDV4M




Kristin Elizabeth Clark, 2013, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Website: http://kristinelizabethclark.com/book/


I Am J

I am J

Cris Beam, 2011, Little, Brown and Company

Website: http://www.crisbeam.com/i-am-j/


If I was your girl

Meredith Russo, 2016, Flatiron Books

Website: http://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250078407


Just Girls

Just girls

Rachel Gold, 2014, Bella Books

Website: http://rachelgold.com/just-girls/


Love in the Time of Global Warming

Love in the time of global warming

Francesca Lia Block, 2013, Henry Holt and Co.

Website: http://www.francescaliablock.com/books/entry/love-in-the-time-of-global-warming-2




Julie Anne Peters, 2005, Little, Brown and Company

Website: https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/books/detail.page?isbn=9780316011273




Ellen Wittlinger, 2007, Simon & Schuster

Website: http://www.ellenwittlinger.com/parrotfish.html


Two Boys Kissing

Two boys kissing

David Levithan, 2013, Alfred A. Knopf

Website: http://davidlevithan.com/books/two-boys-kissing/


Other books for older readers:

Lucy Star @ 13: Let’s celebrate trans and gender diversity

Kate Downey, 2017, Balboa

Website: https://www.amazon.com/Lucy-Star-13-Celebrate-Diversity/dp/1504310322