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    21 Children's Books About Gender Identity And Gender Expression That Should Be On Every Kid's Bookshelf

    Kids deserve to be authentically themselves at all times.

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    We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share their favorite children's books about gender identity and gender expression with us. Here are their — and some of my own — recommendations:

    1. Julian Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

    Julian with a plant headpiece and fabric draped around his waist

    2. Jack (Not Jackie) by Erica Silverman, illustrated by Holly Hatam

    Jack on the cover wearing a vest and a top hat instead of a dress or ballet flats

    3. Jacob's New Dress by Sarah and Ian Hoffman, illustrated by Chris Case

    Jacob wearing his favorite dress while doing things like dancing or playing with his dinosaurs

    4. Princess Dinosaur by Daniel Kibblesmith, illustrated by Ashley Quach

    A green dinosaur wearing a princess dress, hat, and cape

    5. One of a Kind, Like Me / Único como yo by Laurin Mayeno, illustrated by Robert Liu-Trujillo

    Danny holding up a drawings of himself in a dress and crown

    6. Peanut Goes for the Gold by Jonathan Van Ness, illustrated by Gillian Reid

    Book cover with a hamster wearing a shirt and twirling a ribbon

    7. Annie's Plaid Shirt by Stacy B. Davids, illustrated by Rachael Balsaitis

    Annie skateboarding past a school bus full of kids

    8. The Boy & the Bindi by Vivek Shraya, illustrated by Rajni Perera

    A boy with flowers growing out of his head and a bindi on

    9. My Shadow is Pink by Scott Stuart

    A book looking back at this pink shadow that is wearing a tutu

    10. I'm Not A Girl by Maddox Lyons and Jessica Verdi, illustrated by Dana Simpson

    Hannah looking through a barber shop window on the book cover

    11. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

    The prince and dressmaker looking into each other's eyes on the cover

    12. It Feels Good To Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity by Theresa Thorn, illustrated by Noah Grigni

    A diverse group of children with flowers all around them on the cover

    13. Call Me Max by Kyle Lukoff, illustrated by Luciano Lozano

    Max in some overalls with his little beagle dog

    14. From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea by Kai Cheng Thom, illustrated by Wai-Yant Li and Kai Yun Ching

    Miu Lan walking through a colorful galaxy

    15. I Am Jazz by Jazz Jennings and Jessica Herthel, illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas

    Jazz smiling and surrounded by her parents as well as photographs of herself

    16. When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita

    Aidan wearing a rainbow jacket sitting on his dad's shoulders while his mom gives him a kiss

    17. BunnyBear by Andrea J. Loney, illustrated by Carmen Saldaña

    A big bear tunneling out of the ground like a bunny

    18. I Love My Purse by Belle Demont, illustrated by Sonja Wimmer

    A boy skateboarding around town while holding a red purse

    19. Who Are You?: The Kid's Guide to Gender Identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee, illustrated by Naomi Bardoff

    Kids playing around a tree

    20. Red: A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall

    A blue crayon with a red wrapper over it

    21. Introducing Teddy: A gentle story about gender and friendship by Jessica Walton, illustrations by Dougal MacPherson

    A bear looking into a mirror wishing they were wearing a bow in their hair

    Now it's your turn! What children's books about gender identity and gender expression are you a fan of?