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


Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

Beautiful music for ugly children

Kristin Cronn-Mills, 2012, Flux


Beauty Queens

Beauty queens

Libba Bray, 2011, Scholastic Paperbacks


Being Emily

Being Emily

Rachel Gold, 2012, Bella Books


f2m the boy within

F2m: The boy within

Hazel Edwards & Ryan Kennedy, 2010, Ford Street Publishing


For Today I Am a Boy

For today I am a boy

Kim Fu, 2014, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt




Kristin Elizabeth Clark, 2013, Farrar, Straus and Giroux


I Am J

I am J

Cris Beam, 2011, Little, Brown and Company



Alison Evans, 2017, Echo


If I was your girl

Meredith Russo, 2016, Flatiron Books


Just Girls

Just girls

Rachel Gold, 2014, Bella Books


Love in the Time of Global Warming

Love in the time of global warming

Francesca Lia Block, 2013, Henry Holt and Co.




Julie Anne Peters, 2005, Little, Brown and Company




Ellen Wittlinger, 2007, Simon & Schuster


Two Boys Kissing

Two boys kissing

David Levithan, 2013, Alfred A. Knopf


Other books for older readers:

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

Kate Downey, 2017, Balboa