12 New Photo Textbooks (and One Early Reader) Celebrating Nonbinary Identities


Right now is International Nonbinary People’s Day, so right here are much more than a dozen new (and forthcoming) children’s publications from 2022 that rejoice nonbinary children!

Sure, these are all just from 2022! You can also filter my databases to come across several more mature image guides and early readers with nonbinary young children as properly as middle-quality types (and there have been some gorgeous middle-grade types lately). I have focused beneath on nonbinary youngsters, not dad and mom, only simply because I rounded up the guides with nonbinary moms and dads for Nonbinary Mothers and fathers Working day in April. (For types printed considering that then, examine the databases underneath the “Nonbinary/genderqueer mum or dad/adult(s)” tag.)

Click on by for full assessments:

Board Books

Bye Bye, Binary

Bye Bye, Binary, by Eric Geron and illustrated by Charlene Chua (HarperFestival). “It’s a … child!” And the infant in this cheerful board ebook is “ready to smash gender norms.” When asked, “Boy or female?” the child responds, “WHAT’S IT TO YA?” and clarifies they’re nevertheless hoping to determine out who they are. The newborn is not automatically nonbinary (they could also be merely gender inventive), but the book certainly leaves open the possibility, as one of the mother and father responds to the problem “He… or she?” with “They never need to be either.”

The Pronoun Book

The Pronoun Reserve, by Chris Ayala-Kronos and illustrated by Melita Tirado (Clarion Textbooks). This bright board reserve poses just one issue: “How do you know what a person would like to be known as?” The respond to? “Ask.” The e book then offers spreads celebrating unique pronouns and the people today who use them, all with several gender expressions and other features of range. Whilst this reserve applies to folks of all gender identities, it could be of distinct usefulness in encouraging men and women comprehend and respect nonbinary and trans folx.

Photo Publications

Timid - Harry Woodgate

Timid, by Harry Woodgate (Tiny Bee). The author of Grandad’s Camper brings us a tale about a boy or girl who loves to execute (and transpires to be nonbinary)—except that their internal cowardly lion generally roars absent their self confidence. Can a new good friend who is also shy enable them get over their fears?

Miss Rita, Mystery Reader

Pass up Rita, Mystery Reader, by Kristen Wixted and Sam Donovan, illustrated by Violet Tobacco (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Tori’s dad is heading to be the Thriller Reader in Tori’s class, and Tori has requested him to come as his drag persona, Skip Rita. Tori (who is nonbinary) will help Daddy get prepared, but anxieties that their good friends won’t like Miss out on Rita as considerably as they do. Daddy suggests he’ll go as his common self if Tori prefers—but then Tori has an idea, and dons their individual sparkly, vibrant outfit to be Miss Rita’s assistant. The class is enthralled.

My Shadow Is Purple

My Shadow Is Purple, by Scott Stuart (Larrikin Residence). A standalone companion guide to writer/illustrator Scott Stuart’s My Shadow Is Pink, which was about a gender inventive boy, this rhyming tale stars a youngster whose shadow isn’t blue like dad’s or pink like mom’s, but relatively purple—an analogy to being nonbinary. This story doesn’t just bust blue/pink stereotypes, though, but also stresses that there are quite a few ways just one can convey oneself away from this binary—and that there are even alternatives away from the completely centered purple.

A Costume for Charlie

A Costume for Charly, by C. K. Malone and Alejandra Barajas (Beaming Textbooks). Charly is looking for a Halloween costume that reveals “they were both a boy and a girl.” They dig by way of their costume box, but none appear very ideal. Eventually, they have an strategy, and craft the fantastic costume for by themselves from the elements of two. Charly twirls proudly in the costume that makes them truly feel “one-hundred p.c Charly.” This story about a queer child discovering their own solution to a problem—and the dilemma not getting their id or people’s response to it—is upbeat and welcome. Out September 6, but accessible for preorder.

Payden's Pronoun Party

Payden’s Pronoun Bash, by Blue Jaryn, illustrated by Xochitl Cornejo (Website page Road Young ones). When Payden tells mom and dad “I’m not confident I’m a boy,” they propose chatting with mates who use diverse pronouns, and say they’ll toss a party following the choice. Every of Payden’s close friend describes how the ideal pronouns can sense like flying, dancing, or getting a hug. Payden tries them all and sooner or later decides that “e, em, and eir” give him the same emotions. His mothers and fathers throw the promised bash. Enjoyment and uplifting, with a great product of supportive parenting (nevertheless see my whole overview for some additional criteria about promising pronoun get-togethers.) Out October 4, but offered for preorder.

Good Dream Dragon

Very good Desire Dragon, by Jacky Davis and illustrated by Courtney Dawson (Very little, Brown). A kid who makes use of they/them pronouns (and has a trans flag earlier mentioned their mattress) is set to mattress by their two mothers. They be concerned about having lousy goals, but the Fantastic Dream Dragon gives a magical remedy. Simply just pleasant. Out Oct 25, but readily available for preorder.

Noodin's Perfect Day

Noodin’s Best Working day, by Ansley Simpson and illustrated by Rhael McGregor (Flamingo Rampant). Noodin, a nonbinary, indigenous boy or girl, is searching for a excellent working day, commencing with pancakes for breakfast. But their mother is fast paced and their aunty asks them to observe two of their cousins. Noodin decides to head off to the metropolis with the cousins to visit Noodin’s father. It turns out dad is chaotic, too—but the cousins support Noodin have entertaining anyway, even if the working day was not rather what they expected. But does Noodin ever get their pancakes?

The Magic Shell

The Magic Shell, by Jillian Xmas and illustrated by Diana G. A. Mungaray (Flamingo Rampant). Pigeon Pea has a whole lot of issues about their relatives and ancestors, so a person afternoon, Aunty (who has a sweetheart named June) entrusts them with a magic cowrie shell that whisks Pigeon Pea back in time and throughout continents to visit with their wonderful-wonderful-good-excellent-fantastic-terrific grandmothers and other folks from their West African and Kalinago heritage. A story of loved ones and heritage, queer and otherwise.

You Are Not Alone - Alphabet Rockers

You Are Not By itself, by the Alphabet Rockers and illustrated by Ashley Evans (Sourcebooks). This guide by hip-hop group the Alphabet Rockers, dependent on a music from one particular of their Grammy-nominated albums, reminds youngsters that they usually belong and encourages them to celebrate themselves, support just about every other throughout distinctions, and speak out towards injustice. Images during the ebook include things like Black Life Issue, LGBTQ, transgender, and nonbinary iconography. 1 character is nonbinary.

The Best Bed for Me

The Very best Bed for Me, by Gaia Cornwall (Candlewick). Mommy and Mama want their young youngster, Sweet Pea, to go to mattress. Like kids almost everywhere, even though, Sweet Pea is familiar with how to stall—but writer/illustrator Gaia Cornwall turns the stalling into a enjoyment romp by way of the animal kingdom as Sweet Pea wants to rest in a tree like a koala, then keeping arms like sea otters, upside down like a bat, then standing up like a penguin…. Sweet Pea is hardly ever gendered and could conveniently be study as nonbinary. An utterly charming tale.

Early Reader

When Whales Fly

When Whales Fly, by Erica Perl and illustrated by Sam Ailey (Simon Spotlight). This second e-book in Erica Perl’s “Whale. Quail. Snail” early reader collection is as entertaining as the to start with, with the three close friends off on new adventures. Snail (who uses they/them pronouns) likes to surf. Quail likes to discover. Whale just wishes to fly! But can whales fly? Snail has a program to help their buddy! Perl brings her signature humor and whimsy to the tale, and Snail’s gender id is fortunately just component of who they are, with out any particular emphasis.

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