Transgender children’s books, which address a topic once considered so taboo that no mainstream publisher would touch it, are gaining a wider audience thanks to a handful of authors and a few mainstream publishers willing to reach out to children struggling with gender identity, the New York Times is reporting.
Children’s literature has often been reluctant to take on taboo subjects — Judy Blume’s candid descriptions of menstruation and teen sexuality were considered scandalous in their day, according to NPR. But the children’s publishing industry has taken on a handful of difficult subjects in recent years, including rape, suicide, and sex trafficking. But the subject of gender identity in teens, adolescents, and children has gotten scant little attention.
David Levithan, vice president and publisher of Scholastic Press, says that publishers are now becoming willing to take on the subject of transgender children — however slowly.