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Children’s Book Recommendations:

LGBTQ+ Voices


The Best Man by Richard Peck – “Archer has four important role models in his life–his dad, his grandfather, his uncle Paul, and his favorite teacher, Mr. McLeod. When Uncle Paul and Mr. McLeod get married, Archer’s sixth-grade year becomes one he’ll never forget.”

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle – “An eighth-grader who dreams of performing in a Broadway musical concocts a plan to run away to New York and audition for the role of Elliot in the musical version of ‘E.T.'”

Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy – “13-year-old Patricia, widely known as Sweet Pea, navigates her parents’ unconventional divorce and finds herself in the unlikely role of her town’s advice columnist.”

Drama by Raina Telgemeier – “Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.”

George by Alex Gino – “When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl. George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte.”

Hazel’s Theory of Evolution by Lisa Jenn Bigelow – Hazel knows a lot about the world. That’s because when she’s not hanging with her best friend, taking care of her dog, or helping care for the goats on her family’s farm, she loves reading through dusty encyclopedias. But even Hazel doesn’t have answers for the questions awaiting her as she enters eighth grade. What if no one at her new school gets her? What’s going to happen to one of her moms, who’s pregnant again after having two miscarriages? As Hazel struggles to cope, she’ll come to realize that sometimes you have to look within yourself to find the answer to life’s most important questions.”

Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender – “Born on Water Island in the Virgin Islands during a hurricane, which is considered bad luck, twelve-year-old Caroline falls in love with another girl–and together they set out in a hurricane to find Caroline’s missing mother.”

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake – “When a tornado rips through town, 12-year-old Ivy Aberdeen’s house is destroyed and her family of five is displaced. Ivy feels invisible and ignored in the aftermath of the storm, and her notebook filled with secret drawings of girls holding hands has gone missing.  Mysteriously, Ivy’s drawings begin to reappear in her locker with notes from someone telling her to open up about her identity.”

King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender – “In a small but turbulent Louisiana town, one boy’s grief takes him beyond the bayous of his backyard, to learn that there is no right way to be yourself. A story of loss, grief, and finding the courage to discover one’s identity.”

The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake – “12-year-old Sunny St. James navigates heart surgery, reconnecting with her lost mother, first kisses, and emerging feelings for another girl in this stunning, heartfelt novel.”

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Levy – “Relates the adventures of a family with two fathers, four adopted boys, and a variety of pets as they make their way through a school year, Kindergarten through sixth grade, and deal with a grumpy new neighbor.”

The Moon Within by Aida Salazar – “Celi Rivera’s life swirls with questions. About her changing body. Her first attraction to a boy. And her best friend’s exploration of what it means to be genderfluid.But most of all, her mother’s insistence she have a moon ceremony when her first period arrives.”

The Pants Project by Cat Clarke – “11-year-old Liv fights to change the middle school dress code requiring girls to wear a skirt and, along the way, finds the courage to tell his moms he is meant to be a boy.”

Redwood and Ponytail by K. A. Holt – “Told in verse in two voices, with a chorus of fellow students, this is a story of two girls, opposites in many ways, who are drawn to each other.”

Rick by Alex Gino – “11-year-old Rick has generally gone along with everybody, just not making waves, even though he is increasingly uncomfortable with his father’s jokes about girls, and his best friend’s explicit talk about sex; but now in middle school he discovers the Rainbow Spectrum club, where kids of many genders and identities can express themselves. Maybe among them he can find new friends and discover his own identity.”

Picture Books

A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O’Leary – “When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways — but the same in the one way that matters most of all.”

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell – “At New York City’s Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches.”

Donovan’s Big Day by Leslea Newman – “From the moment Donovan wakes in the morning, he painstakingly prepares for his special role in the wedding ceremony of his two mothers.”

The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman – “Features illustrations and descriptions of different types of families and how their lives are similar and different.”

Home at Last by Vera Williams – “After Lester is adopted from his foster home by Daddy Albert and Daddy Rich, he can’t fall asleep in his new bed. What will it take to make Lester feel home at last?”

I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel – “Presents the story of a transgender child who traces her early awareness that she is a girl in spite of male anatomy and the acceptance she finds through a wise doctor who explains her natural transgender status.”

It Feels Good to Be Yourself:  A Book About Gender Identity (Non-Fiction) by Theresa Thorn – “A picture book that introduces the concept of gender identity to the youngest reader from writer Theresa Thorn and illustrator Noah Grigni.”

Jacob’s Room to Choose by Sarah Hoffman – “After kindergarteners Jacob and Sophie are prevented from using their school’s bathrooms, their teacher helps her students write new rules about who can use which bathroom.”

Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love – “A glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world.”

Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer – “Whether you have one parent, two moms, two dads, a mom and a dad, or another wonderful caregiver, there’s one thing that makes a family a family … and that’s love.”

My Rainbow by Deshanna Neal – “Trinity wants long hair like her dolls. She needs it to express who she truly is. So her family decides to take a trip to the beauty supply store, but none of the wigs is the perfect fit. Determined, Mom leaves with bundles of hair in hand, ready to craft a wig as colorful and vibrant as her daughter is.”

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag (Biography) by Rob Sanders – “Traces the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today’s world.”

Stella Brings the Family by Miriam Schiffer – “Stella brings her two fathers to school to celebrate Mother’s Day.”

Stonewall: A Building. an Uprising. a Revolution (Non-Fiction) by Rob Sanders – “Describes the Stonewall Riots in New York City in 1969, which sparked the gay liberation movement in the United States, and details the history of LGBTQ rights since the riots.”

They She He Me: Free to Be! (Non Fiction) by Maya Gonzalez – “Pronouns serve as a familiar starting point for kids and grown-ups to expand ideas about gender and celebrate personal expression with fun imagery that provides a place to meet and play.”

This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman – “A picture book illustrating a Pride parade. The endmatter serves as a primer on LGBT history and culture and explains the references made in the story.”

When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff – “Aidan, a transgender boy, experiences complicated emotions as he and his parents prepare for the arrival of a new baby.”