Tobi Hill-Meyer’s A Princess of Great Daring (2015)

A Princess of Great Daring!A Princess of Great Daring (2015), written by Tobi Hill-Meyer and illustrated by Elenore Toczynski, is about a transgender girl named Jamie and her friends.

Jamie has not seen her friends all summer and plans on telling them about her gender identity. Her two moms drop her off at her friend’s house as all of her buddies are starting to play a game. They will be princes and will save a princess form distress. Jamie says she would like to be a princess and the boys are excited to have someone to rescue, but she interrupts the traditional narrative declaring that she will be “a princess of great daring.” Concerned that they will have no one to rescue, one of the boys, Liam, volunteers to be captured by a dragon. Continue reading

Sarah Savage and Fox Fisher’s Are You a Boy or a Girl? (2015)

Are You a Boy or a Girl? (2015), co-written by Sarah Savage and Fox Fisher, who is also the picture book’s illustrator, is the story of nonbinary Tiny. Tiny and their family, who are illustrated with various skin-tones, move to a new home where no one knows Tiny. They experience bullying at their new school, but that’s not the whole story. Continue reading

Amy Fabrikant’s When Kayla was Kyle (2013)

When Kayla Was Kyle by Fabrikant, Amy (2013) Paperback

When Kayla was Kyle (2013), written by Amy Fabrikant and illustrated by Jennifer Levine, is a thoughtful book about an unhappy transgender child who bravely confides her gender identity to her parents and begins to transition.

At the start of the book, Kayla’s father polices her gender by pressuring her to play basketball with boys even though she is clearly uncomfortable with masculine gender expression. Although her mother is loving she does not understand what Kayla is experiencing and is unable to support her. Continue reading

Nick Barnes’ Jessie’s Hat Collection (2018)

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 explore the experience of transitioning from the point-of-view of a transgender boy. Continue reading