Transgender Awareness Week: Books, a workshop & resources

This November 13-19, we celebrate Transgender Awareness Week, an annual event dedicated to educating our communities about the lives of transgender people.

Transgender Awareness Week takes place in the week leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20)—a day set aside to recognize each life lost during the year to transphobic violence around the world.

Curated by Oak Park Public Library librarians, this book suggestion list below invites you to learn about trans identities and experience the lives of trans people and their families in their own words. Plus, you’ll find books about gender identity and pronouns and additional resources to explore online.

Books about transgender identity & personal narratives

Upcoming workshop to attend

Trans & Non-Binary 101 & Allyship Workshop
Wednesday, November 15, 6-7:15 pm, Oak Park Public Library, Main Library

Do you want to better understand Trans and gender non-binary identities? Join us to dive deeper into language, the various identities that fall under trans and gender non-binary, and being an ally. This is a safe and affirming space to learn. Register now »

Gender identity resources to explore

  • The Gender Unicorn: This free tool is great for facilitating creative conversations about gender.
  • Gender Wheel Coloring Pages: These downloadable coloring pages accompany books by Maya Christina Gonzalez like They, She, He, Easy as ABC
  • Gender Wheel Videos: This collection of videos includes a short story about pronouns, readings by Maya Christina Gonzalez, and a series of lessons that pairs with They, She, He, Easy as ABC.
  • Pronouns: This app is a fun tool for learning how to use a variety of pronouns.
  • Queer Kid Stuff: This YouTube channel includes videos for all ages about LGBTQ+ identities and social justice.