Gender Spectrum helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.
The Talk: Sex Ed 2.0
After-school workshops for kids that provide age-appropriate info, meaningful practice with essential social-emotional skills, and an opportunity to connect with peers. Rachel Lotus’s progressive curriculum embraces a broader understanding of sexuality education, going far beyond the basics of traditional sex ed, and reflects the realities of today’s world. The Talk also offers support to parents on a range […]
George by Alex Gino (ages 8 to 12)
When everyone looks at George, they see a boy, but George knows she is a girl. When her grade is going to perform Charlotte’s Web for the school play, George really wants the part of Charlotte. Her teacher won’t let her try out for it, though, because she says George is a boy and needs […]
The Other Boy by M.G Hennessey (ages 8 to 12)
Shane Wood is just a baseball playing, video game loving, and comic book drawing 12-year-old boy. But he is also living a stealth life as a transgender boy. No one at the school knows Shane was assigned female at birth and lived a life as a female for years—not even his best friend. But a […]
Introducing Teddy: A Gentle Story About Gender and Friendship by Jessica Walton (ages 3 to 6)
Errol and his teddy bear, Thomas, are best friends. They do everything together. But then Errol notices that Thomas is sad. Thomas explains that she has always been a girl teddy, not a boy teddy, and Thomas wants her name to be Tilly. Errol loves his friend unconditionally and doesn’t care if his teddy is […]
Pink Is For Boys by Robb Pearlman (ages 4 to 7)
Who Are You? The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee (ages 5 and up)
An exploration of gender identities and expressions, with a fun colored gender wheel at the back that kids love to manipulate.
“How Do I Talk To My Preschooler About Identity?,” Planned Parenthood
Tips from PP on how to think about, prepare for, and facilitate conversations around gender with small children. Also provides thought-provoking opportunities for self-reflection on gendered attitudes.
The Gender and Family Project
Should you or a gender-expansive child need more support, check out the GFP (through the well known and highly reputed Ackerman Institute for the Family in Manhattan). They have wonderful offerings, including Family and individual therapy, support and play groups, etc.
The Gender Creative Child by Diane Ehrensaft
This book is excellent. Not only is it rich with the author’s years of experience and perspective, it also helps parents distinguish among different types of gender expression issues. Not every boy who likes dresses and Barbies is transgender, for example. But how can we know for sure? This book answers that question and many, […]