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Read With Pride: YA Books That Feature Transgender Representation

This week and every week, we celebrate extraordinary stories and voices from the transgender community. From romance to self-discovery, in contemporary settings or fantastical worlds, these YA books are the perfect additions to your shelf, to continue to #ReadWithPride

Man o’ War by Cory McCarthy

“There are parts of River’s journey that make you ache to read, but there is so much joy in the healing! This is a really authentic tale about the journey to queer joy and all the bumps and obstacles along the way.”—New York Times bestselling author Aiden Thomas for Entertainment Weekly

An achingly honest and frequently hilarious coming-of-age novel about an Arab American trans swimmer fighting to keep their head above water in a landlocked Midwestern town.

The Passing Playbook – Isaac Fitzsimons

The Passing Playbook feels like a simultaneous warm hug and a lightning strike of courage. Isaac writes from the heart, creating characters you will love and cheer on. This is a wonderful debut!” —  Kacen Callender, National Book Award winner and author of Felix Ever After

Love, Simon meets Bend It Like Beckham in this feel-good contemporary romance about a trans athlete who must decide between fighting for his right to play and staying stealth.

Both Sides Now – Peyton Thomas

“This coming-of-age romance poignantly depicts self-discovery and finding your place in the world.” —BuzzFeed

A witty and warm-hearted novel about a trans teen finding his place in the world perfect for fans of  Red, White and Royal Blue

The Brilliant Death: Bk 1 and The Storm of Life: Bk 2 – A. R. Capetta

The Brilliant Death is a mesmerizingly written tale of identity, courage and family, wrapped up in magic that feels both folktale-familiar and enthrallingly innovative.”Alwyn HamiltonNew York Times bestselling author of Rebel of the Sands

Teodora di Sangro is used to hiding her magical ability to transform enemies into music boxes and mirrors. Nobody knows she’s a strega—and she aims to keep it that way.

The she meets Cielo—and everything changes.

Pocket Change Collective: Skate for Your Life – Leo Baker

In this moving, personal story, professional skateboarder Leo Baker shares their journey within the sport and the importance of authenticity and allyship as a non-binary athlete.

Pocket Change Collective: Continuum – Chella Man

In Continuum, fine artist, activist, and Titans actor Chella Man uses his own experiences as a deaf, transgender, genderqueer, Jewish person of color to talk about cultivating self-acceptance and acting as one’s own representation.

Pocket Change Collective: Beyond the Gender Binary – Alok Vaid-Menon

In this installment, Beyond the Gender Binary, Alok Vaid-Menon challenges the world to see gender not in black and white, but in full color. Taking from their own experiences as a gender-nonconforming artist, they show us that gender is a malleable and creative form of expression. The only limit is your imagination.

Check out more queer books in our #ReadWithPride Guide

Penguin Teen