Looking for books by and for the transgender community? Look no further. The titles below are all transgender young adult books – buy them new or used on Amazon or check your local library!

Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws

Kate Bornstein

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“Here, Bornstein bravely and wittily shares personal and unorthodox methods of survival in an often cruel world.”


Cris Beam

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“When Cris Beam moved to Los Angeles, she thought she might volunteer just a few hours at a school for gay and transgender kids. Instead, she found herself drawn deeply into the pained and powerful group of transgirls she discovered.”

I am J

Cris Beam

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“J had always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was: a boy mistakenly born as a girl.”


Ellen Wittlinger

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“Although Grady is happy about his decision to finally be true to himself, everybody else is having trouble processing the news.”

One in Every Crowd

Ivan E. Coyote

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“Funny, inspiring, and full of heart, One in Every Crowd is about embracing and celebrating difference and feeling comfortable in one’s own skin.”

Kicked Out

Sassafras Lowrey and Jennifer Clare Burke

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“This anthology, introduced by Judy Shepard, gives voice to the voiceless and challenges the stereotypical face of homelessness.”

Wandering Son

Shimura Takako

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“A sensitive masterprice from Japan’s most prominent creator of LGBT manga, Shimura Takako.”

f2m: The Boy Within

Hazel Edwards & Ryan Kennedy

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“A young musician learns that making a splash in the punk/indie music scene is much easier than transitioning from Skye to Finn.”


Julie Anne Peters

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“In the secrecy of his basement bedroom, Liam transforms himself into the beautiful girl he longs to be. Are Liam’s family and friends ready to welcome Luna into their lives?”

Almost Perfect

Brian Katcher

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“A small-town Missouri boy’s world is rocked when he falls for the new girl at school, and she eventually confesses that she is transgender.”

Brooklyn, Burning

Steve Brezenoff

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“A moving, personal story of friendship, loss, and love, Brezenoff’s novel is also a tender tribute to all LGBTQ youth.”

How Beautiful the Ordinary

Michael Cart

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“An anthology of twelve stories of identity with transgender (both MTF and FTM) personal narratives.”

Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen

Arin Andrews

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“Seventeen-year-old Arin Andrews shares all the hilarious, painful, and poignant details of undergoing transition as a high school student.”

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

Susan Kuklin

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“A groundbreaking work of LGBT literature takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens.”

Jumpstart the World

Catherine Ryan Hyde

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“As Elle learns to deal with who she is, she also learns to deal with those who aren’t just like her, like her crush, a transgender guy named Frank.”

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

Kirstin Cronn-Mills

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“Elizabeth Williams knows he has always been a guy, and if he can only get through graduation in a few weeks, he can begin his new life as Gabe.”

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