The Gender Identity Workbook for Kids: A Guide to Exploring Who You Are
Publication Date: 04/01/2018
Publsher: New Harbinger Publications, Inc
Description: "A sensitive and empowering exploration of identity and expression that both educates and celebrates."
—School Library Journal
The Gender Identity Workbook for Kids offers fun, age-appropriate activities to help your child explore their identity and discover unique ways to navigate gender expression at home, in school, and with friends.
Transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) children need validation and support on their journey toward self-discovery. Unfortunately, due to stigma and misinformation, these kids can be especially vulnerable to bullying, discrimination, and even mental health issues such as anxiety or depression. The good news is that there are steps you can take to empower your child as they explore, understand, and affirm their gender identity. This important workbook will guide you both.
In this guide, a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in gender-nonconforming youth offers real tools to help your child thrive in all aspects of life. You and your child will discover a more expansive way of understanding gender; gain insight into gender diverse thoughts, feelings, and experiences; and find engaging activities with fun titles such as, “Apple, Oranges, and Fruit Bowls” and “Pronoun Town” to help your child to explore their own unique identity in a way that is age-appropriate and validating.
No child experiences gender in a vacuum, and children don’t just transition—families do. Let this workbook guide you and your child on this important journey in their lives.
Book Review: “There are so many ways for kids to travel this path, and Kelly Storck offers a road map that makes the journey joyful. With compassion and humor, The Gender Identity Workbook for Kids lets little ones lead the way.”
—Brook Pessin-Whedbee, author of Who Are You?
“The Gender Identity Workbook for Kids is the first of its kind to offer immediate support for kids exploring their gender. Written in a clear and concise manner, this book takes young readers on a journey of information and celebration about their authentic selves.”
—Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD, specialist in the care of gender-diverse children, adolescents, and young adults; and medical director of the Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
“Kelly Storck’s The Gender Identity Workbook for Kids is comprehensive—if you’ve thought about it, you’ll likely find it in this book. Concepts are explained clearly, and with sensitivity, insight, caring, and compassion. Storck offers sage advice and support—it feels as if she is right there with you. This book is a valuable resource to go back to frequently on the gender journey of self-discovery, deeply affirming of the uniqueness and worth of every person.”
—Stephen M. Rosenthal, MD, professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); cofounder and medical director of the UCSF Child and Adolescent Gender Center; immediate past president of the Pediatric Endocrine Society; and vice president of the Endocrine Society
“DeShanna: I really enjoyed the different activities this workbook had to offer for both parents and kids. I also believe this is a workbook that could help medical and mental health providers, as well as educators, understand more about the gender spectrum of the young gender-diverse people they work with. This workbook can change the narrative and change hearts and minds.
Trinity: I really liked all of this book; however, my favorite part was seeing all the trans people throughout history that have helped us progress. I really loved that many of them looked like me, a black trans girl, and gave me more hope and confidence that I too can make history and the world an even better place.”
—DeShanna Neal, public advocate and mother of Trinity Neal (public advocate and transgender girl)
“Comprehensive and relatable, this workbook is a much-needed, invaluable tool for gender-expansive kids and those who are seeking to understand them! Kelly is the perfect person to write such a book, and she brings her signature compassion, empowerment, support, and strength to every page. The first of its kind for younger gender-expansive kids, this workbook will help them understand and communicate their uniquely personal experience of gender. Here’s to the opening of hearts and important conversations!”
—Darlene Tando, LCSW, has a private practice in San Diego, CA; has been working with gender-expansive and transgender youth/adults since 2006; and is author of the book The Conscious Parent’s Guide to Gender Identity
“The Gender Identity Workbook for Kids is just what it says it is: instant help for parents and kids. We have needed a gender guide for kids, families, and providers, and Kelly Storck has created the perfect companion. The book includes fun, simple language, great graphics, and useful activities to navigate school, families, friends, and the inner journey to understand and then rejoice in one’s own gender. Thank you, Kelly!”
—Jen Hastings, MD, director of the Transgender Healthcare Program, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte; Medical Advisory Board, UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health; director of Medical Programming, Gender Spectrum
“This is the book that I’ve been waiting for! Many parents with a gender-expansive child worry early on that they may ‘push the child to be transgender’ by allowing them to express their gender differences. And many well-meaning adults worry that other parents, therapists, and medical prof