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What's The Best Children's Book About Gender Identity And Gender Expression You've Ever Read?

It's never too early to teach children to be authentically themselves.

It's no secret that children are like little sponges, absorbing every bit of information this world has to offer — with one of those bits being gender expectations and roles.

Spongebob in a tutu and Patrick playing with a robot
Nickelodeon

Hell, even before they're born, many babies have these roles — along with gendered "likes" and "dislikes" — projected onto them the second their sex is announced.

A CNN story about a wildfire causes by a gender reveal party
cnn.com

AKA "Blue is for boys. Pink is for girls," etc.

But I, along with many others, feel like children should be comfortable expressing and exploring their gender identity and their likes/dislikes outside of these preset norms.

A boy and a girl playing with baby dolls
Elenaval / Getty Images

One step in doing that is by opening them up to books that show kids that being 100% authentically yourself is completely normal, no matter the naysayers.

A dad reading to his soon
10'000 Hours / Getty Images

So this is where you come in. What are some of your favorite children's books that tackle gender identity and gender expression in a fun and interesting way?

Perhaps you loved Julián Is a Mermaid, where a young boy named Julián spots three magical women dressed as mermaids on the subway and wants to go home and re-create the look for himself.

Cover of Julian is a mermaid, in which Julian ties fabric around his waist
Candlewick

Or maybe you loved It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity, which aims to teach children about all forms of gender identity in a digestible way.

Cover of It Feels Good To Be Yourself, with a diverse group of children on the cover
Henry Holt and Co.

Perhaps you bought Annie's Plaid Shirt for that child in your life, which is about a girl named Annie who comes up with a creative solution so that she doesn't have to wear a dress to her uncle's upcoming wedding.

Cover of Annie's Plaid Shirt, which shows Annie skateboarding past a school bus
Upswing Press

Or maybe you absolutely enjoyed When Aidan Became a Brother, which is about a trans boy named Aidan, who — through loving and supportive parents — is able to live his life as he was always meant to live it.

Cover of When Aidan Became A Brother, which shows him wearing a rainbow jacket and sitting on top of his dad's shoulders
Lee & Low Books

Either way, helping children feel seen and accepted from the start is vital, so tell us about your favorite children's book regarding gender identity in the comments below! Your submission could be featured in a future BuzzFeed Community post.