The Gender Identity Workbook for Kids: A Guide to Exploring Who You Are

The Gender Identity Workbook for Kids: A Guide to Exploring Who You Are


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"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684030309
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 04/01/2018
Edition description: Workbook
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,011,769
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 5 - 12 Years

About the Author

Kelly Storck, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with a private therapy practice in St. Louis, MO. Kelly’s focus is in gender care and advocacy for transgender rights. Along with this work, Kelly presents workshops and trainings on issues relevant to gender diversity with intent to help support the greater health, well-being, and liberty of people of all genders.

Foreword writer Diane Ehrensaft, PhD, is director of mental health, and a founding member of the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Child and Adolescent Gender Center Clinic. She is a developmental and clinical psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Illustrator Noah Grigni (he/they) is a queer, genderqueer, trans masculine artist and organizer from Decatur, Georgia, currently living in Boston, Massachusetts, whose work focuses on themes of dysphoria, resilience, and finding strength in community. They create art to process personal experiences, navigate and confront systems of power, unlearn the binary, and celebrate trans and queer love. Noah’s art is a reminder to heal, an introspective conversation with fluidity, and a call for trans people to resist the false narratives pushed onto us and define ourselves on our own terms. Through art and advocacy, Noah hopes to create spaces for emerging LGBTQ artists and provide educational resources to trans kids, especially those living in conservative environments. You can view Noah’s work at, or follow them on instagram @ngrigni.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword xi

Hello, Parents! xiii

Hello, Kid! xv

Section 1 Understanding Gender

Activity 1 What Is Gender? 2

Activity 2 Apples and Oranges 5

Activity 3 Breaking Out of the Binary 9

Activity 4 Gender in the Animal World 13

Activity 5 Gender Around the World 15

Activity 6 Gender Through History 19

Activity 7 We Are All Stars 24

Activity 8 All Kinds of Bodies 28

Activity 9 Pronoun Town 32

Activity 10 Getting Gender Off Our Stuff! 36

Activity 11 We Are All Growing 40

Section 2 Understanding Me

Activity 12 Finding Your Own Style 46

Activity 13 Toys Are Toys 52

Activity 14 Names Are Names 55

Activity 15 My Body 58

Activity 16 We Can't Always See What's on the Inside 62

Activity 17 The Three "Tents" 66

Activity 18 My Space in the Spectrum 71

Activity 19 My Birth Certificate 76

Activity 20 Self-Portrait 78

Section 3 Being Me

Activity 21 What Is a Social Transition? 82

Activity 22 Is Social Transition Right for Me? 85

Activity 23 My Dream Room 88

Activity 24 Parents Are VIPs-Very Important People 92

Activity 25 Siblings 96

Activity 26 Sharing Your Gender 99

Activity 27 Helpers Are for Helping 105

Activity 28 Being You at School 108

Activity 29 I Don't Have a Secret, I Have Privacy 113

Activity 30 How to Handle Questions 117

Activity 31 Gender and Religion 122

Activity 32 Peeing in Peace 126

Activity 33 Magic Wand Experiment 129

Activity 34 Your Important and Changing Body 132

Activity 35 Taking Care of Yourself 137

Activity 36 Gender Is Just a Part of Me 139

Activity 37 Highs and Lows 143

Glossary 147


Storck resides in St. Louis, MO; Ehrensaft resides in Oakland, CA.

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