How Do You Talk With Your Grandkids About Caitlyn Jenner?

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By Common Sense Media

So, what do you say to your grandkids questions about Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce)? The folks at Common Sense Media have done their homework and provided us all with some book choices to help children understand the LGBT community. If you want to help your grandchild understand the news about ‪#‎CaitlynJenner‬ in tolerant, age-appropriate ways, these books could help.

From books with main characters who are LGBT or still figuring out their sexual orientations to stories of straight kids or teens with gay friends or parents, these books portray many aspects of the LGBT experience.  

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AGE

4
QUALITY

Sweet, straightforward story of young transgender girl.
By Jessica Herthel, Jazz Jennings
(2014)
AGE

10
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Terrific tale of misfit taking bold step to remake his life.
By Tim Federle
(2013)
AGE

10
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Girl stands up for gay mom in slight but thoughtful story.
By Jennifer Gennari
(2012)
AGE

10
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Sharp, funny graphic novel captures chaos of theater.
By Raina Telgemeier
(2012)
AGE

11
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Vivacious seventh grader expresses herself in vivid poems.
By James Howe
(2011)
AGE

12
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Poignant tale of several gay teens and record-breaking kiss.
By David Levithan
(2013)
AGE

13
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Gripping novel of kids filmed every five years for docu.
By Jennifer Castle
(2013)
AGE

14
QUALITY

Literary story of two boys’ life-changing friendship.
By Benjamin Alire Sáenz
(2012)
AGE

14
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Powerful, poignant story of teen girl in love with a girl.
By A.S. King
(2012)
AGE

14
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Gay teen’s coming out becomes a musical in fun, campy novel.
By David Levithan
(2015)
AGE

14
QUALITY

Love story about two Iranian girls is sad but educational.
By Sara Farizan
(2013)
AGE

14
QUALITY

Solid primer on what it means to be a transgender teen.
By Ellen Wittlinger
(2007)
AGE

14
QUALITY

Sweet tale of gay teen who comes out, takes chance on love.
By Becky Albertalli
(2015)
AGE

15
QUALITY

Edgy, clever gay-themed tale about teens with same name.
By David Levithan, John Green
(2010)
AGE

15
QUALITY

Compelling apocalyptic survival story with four LGBT teens.
By Francesca Lia Block
(2013)
AGE

15
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Edgy tale of poor, abused woman’s journey to independence.
By Alice Walker
(2011)
AGE

15
QUALITY

Breakthrough book about coming out — and falling in love.
By Alex Sanchez
(2011)
AGE

15
QUALITY

Dark, violent, sensuous vampire tale best for older teens.
By Holly Black
(2013)
AGE

16
QUALITY

Brillant end-of-the-world chronicle is unforgettably weird.
By Andrew Smith
(2014)
AGE

17
QUALITY

Story of young Montana lesbian is best for mature teens.
By Emily M. Danforth
(2012)
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