Goblinheart: A Fairy Tale (2012), written by Brett Axel and illustrated by Terra Bidlespacher, is an allegory of transgender experience told through the story of a goblin named Julep.
Zak’s Safari: A Story about Donor-Conceived Kids of Two-Mom Families (2014) is written by Christy Tyner and illustrated by Ciaee. The narrator, Zak, is a rosy-cheeked boy stuck inside on a rainy day. He entertains himself by telling the story of his family to an imaginary audience. He begins by […]
Jessie’s Hat Collection (2018) was written, illustrated, and self-published by Nick Barnes. Jessie, the protagonist, is depicted with peach-skin, brown hair, and appears to be between eight and ten. Jessie’s Hat Collection is a story about Jessie’s gender transition. As such, it is one of very few existing books that […]
Love is Love (2018), written by Michael Genhart, PhD and illustrated by Ken Min, is a first-person narrative about a child/children who are bullied for wearing rainbow t-shirts but come together in Pride.
Here are a few books sure to get girls excited about STEM!
From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea (2017), written by Kai Cheng Thom and illustrated by Wai-Yant Li and Kai Yun Ching, is about a child named Miu Lan who cannot choose what to be: a boy or a girl, a bird or a fish. […]
William’s Doll (1972), written by Charlotte Zolotow and illustrated by William Pene Du Bois, is the story of a little boy named William who wants a doll to nurture like he will nurture his future children. The text opens: “William wanted a doll.” All the ways William will care for […]
Through the Eyes of Om: Exploring Malaysia, written by Sonny Tannan and illustrated by Agus Prajoro, is a sweet story told from the perspective of Om, a young boy with light-brown skin and big brown eyes. Om’s going on his first trip to Malaysia, his mother’s native country, where he […]
Antonio’s Card, written by Rigoberto González and illustrated by Cecilia Concepción Álvarez, was published in 2005 by Children’s Book Press, a non-profit publisher of multicultural children’s literature. The protagonist, a Latinx boy named Antonio, lives with his mother and her partner, Leslie. Antonio’s peers make fun of Leslie, a tall […]
Kimberly Ballou’s When Daronte’s Father Went to Prison is a story told from the point-of-view of Daronte Williams, a young African American boy, who has the perfect life at the beginning of the story. Things quickly unravel and Ballou follows Daronte through the spiral, movingly representing his inner turmoil as […]