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LGBTQ Books for Children, Teens, and Young Adults

Below are select titles of our LGBTQ children’s, teen, and young adult books we’ve shared with students through our Writers in Schools program.

These books are authored by LGBTQ+ writers and showcase LGBTQ characters or themes. Whether you’re looking for picture books about gender and diversity or novels that explore sexual identity and gender nonconformity, this list includes recommendations for all grade levels: elementary, middle, and high school. Learn more about our visiting authors.

Children’s Books

A curated selection of available books for children ages 3 – 8 years old and grades Kindergarten to second grade.

Blue background with multi-colored text and four children representing varying racial identities sitting in and around the letters.

ABC of Gender Identity

by Devika Dalal

Bling Blaine: Throw Glitter, Not Shade

Bling Blaine: Throw Glitter, Not Shade

by Rob Sanders

Carlos, The Fairy Boy: Carlos, El Niño Hada

Carlos, The Fairy Boy: Carlos, El Niño Hada

by Juan A. Ríos Vega

Yellow background and white person holding paint can.

Drawing on Walls: A Story of Keith Haring

By Matthew Burgess

White background with a house, tree and streetlight, and two young persons holding hands and smiling.

From Archie to Zack

by Vincent X Kirsch

Grasslands background with two giraffes and three Black persons at the fore.

Keesha’s South African Adventure

by Cheril N. Clarke and Monica Bey-Clarke

Large Fears

Large Fears

Myles E. Johnson

The Meaning of Pride

The Meaning of Pride

by Rosiee Thor

The Name I Call Myself

The Name I Call Myself

by Hasan Namir

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag

by Rob Sanders

Light blue background and children holding rainbow flags.

Rainbow: A First Book of Pride

by Michael Genhart

Night-sky background and a crowd of people of varying racial identities with their fists raised in the air.

Stonewall: A Building, An Uprising, A Revolution.

by Rob Sanders

A star at the center of the cover and two persons, one Black person and one brown person, in front of the star.

Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution

by Joy Michael Ellison

When Aidan Became a Brother

When Aidan Became a Brother

by Kyle Lukoff

Yellow background and a child holding a guitar and an adult with their arm around the child’s shoulders.

When We Love Someone We Sing to Them: Cuando Amamos Cantamos

by Ernesto Javier Martínez

Middle Readers

From magical paradises to Lego cities, these middle-grade books featured in our LGBTQ Writers in Schools program are all about finding the true you inside and out. Perfect for readers ages 8 – 12 years old and grades 6 – 8.

Light blue background and people representing various racial identities with their hands in the air on a rollercoaster.

Almost Flying

by Jake Maia Arlow

A collage of images and a young person jumping and reaching up.

The Best at It

by Maulik Pancholy

Cork pin-board background with baseball-themed images pinned to it including a photograph of a black person swinging a baseball bat.

A High Five for Glenn Burke

by Phil Bildner

Yellow background and banner with three young persons of different racial identities.

The Insiders

Mark Oshiro

Melissa's Story: George

Melissa’s Story: George

by Alex Gino

Grey background and center-framed donut with a car driving inside of the donut.

Middletown

by Sarah Moon

Orange and yellow background and a young person jumping across buildings and a person flying in the background.

Not Your Sidekick

C.B. Lee

Other Boys

Other Boys

Damian Alexander

A crowd of people fill the background and six people of varying racial identities at the fore.
Rainbow Revolutionaries: Fifty LGBTQ+ People Who Made History

by Sarah Prager

White background and a center-framed white person with their back turned.
Rick

by Alex Gino

Blue sky and black building background with a center-framed young Black person walking on a street made of legos.
The Stars Beneath Our Feet

by David Barclay Moore

Blue, pink and orange background and two young people playing in a hole.
The Street Belongs to Us

by Karleen Pendleton Jiménez

Center-framed house framed by trees with a young white person at the fore.
Too Bright to See

by Kyle Lukoff

Young Adult

You might know who you are, but is it safe to let others know who you are? Look for inspiration and all the feels in these outstanding books for young adults, ages 12 and up, grades 9 and up.

Person standing in rippled water that has an enlarged reflection of their face.

All Kinds of Other

by James Sie

Purple background with forest scene and golden yellow, stylized vines climbing up two trees placed on either side of the book cover.

All the Things We Do in the Dark

by Saundra Mitchell

Light grey background, red title text, and Black person with back turned and facing tall buildings.

Anger is a Gift

by Mark Oshiro

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World
Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World

by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Ash
Ash

by Malinda Lo

Pink Background with white text and two faces looking at one another, one upside down, one right side up.
Between Perfect and Real

by Ray Stoeve

Sky blue background and person standing at microphone.
Both Sides Now

by Peyton Thomas

Boyfriends with Girlfriends
Boyfriends with Girlfriends

by Alex Sanchez

Three young people with medium and brown complexions sitting, wearing roller blades.
Bruised

by Tanya Boteju

Two people standing back to back with a skeleton behind them.
Cemetery Boys

by Aiden Thomas

Forest background with young Black person looking back over shoulder, wearing blue gown.
Cinderella is Dead

by Kalynn Bayron

Predominantly blue seascape with gold birds/image of dragon in sky and two people with gold swords standing in a ship.
A Clash of Steel: A Treasure Island Remix

C.B. Lee

Black background with multi-colored sparks and a center-framed, burning rose.
Darling

K. Ancrum

Each of Us a Desert
Each of Us a Desert

by Mark Oshiro

Color-block background and a black person with their arms crossing in front of their body.
Every Body Looking

by Candice Illoh

White text and blue background and center-framed Black person with their back turned.
Full Disclosure

by Camryn Garrett

Half green, half blue background and a young person and a dog, both with post-it stickers on their faces and bodies.
How to be Remy Cameron

by Julian Winters

Abstract U.S. American flag background and a person center-framed and walking.
Indivisible

by Daniel Aleman

Last Night at the Telegraoh Club
Last Night at the Telegraoh Club

by Malinda Lo

Ombré pink to orange sky with grey building and street background and three persons walking together.
Like a Love Story

by Abdi Nazemian

White text with salmon-pink background and two persons.
Meet Cute Diary

by Emery Lee

Purple background with yellow and lavender butterflies swirling around two people.
A Million Quiet Revolutions

by Robin Gow

Text-filled background and center-framed young Black person.
Off the Record

Camryn Garrett

Beach scene with yellow, green and orange color scheme.
Out Now: Queer We Go Again!

by Saundra Mitchell

Out of Salem
Out of Salem

by Hal Schrieve

White background and two young persons, one white person and one Black person, holding hands on a blanket outside.
The Passing Playbook

Isaac Fitzsimons

Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World
Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World

by Sarah Prager

Pastel yellow background with a sun in the center circled by the faces of six persons of varying racial identity.
Running with Lions

by Julian Winters

Blue background and a large silhouette of a person with a scene painted inside of them.
Sasha Masha

by Agnes Borinsky

Sorted: Growing Up, Coming Out, and Finding My Place: A Transgender Memoir
Sorted: Growing Up, Coming Out, and Finding My Place: A Transgender Memoir

by Jackson Bird

Spiral background with stars and a center-framed person with their back turned looking over their shoulder.
Spin Me Right Round

by David Valdes

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them
The Stars and the Blackness Between Them

by Junauda Petrus

Yellow background with lines and summer-themed images shooting outwards from an off-centered focal point.
The Summer of Everything

by Julian Winters

Black background with constellations and a clock made of starlight.
Tarnished Are The Stars

by Rosiee Thor

Forest background with center-framed young Black person.
This Poison Heart

by Kalynn Bayron

Victories Greater Than Death
Victories Greater Than Death

By Charlie Jane Anders

Person standing on bed outside looking at the ocean.
We Are Okay

by Nina LaCour

We Are Totally Normal
We Are Totally Normal

by Naomi Kanakia

Black background and a young person with short hair.
The Weight of the Stars

by K. Ancrum

When the Moon was Ours: A Novel
When the Moon was Ours: A Novel

by Anna-Marie McLemore

Black background and a center-framed young person covered by yellow patterning.
The Wicker King

by K. Ancrum

Poetry

These collections are stunning representations of the power of poetry for young adults centered around queer life and introspection.

Black background and center-framed child holding an empty, gold picture frame.
Birthright

by George Abraham

White background and collage of young Black person.
dayliGht: Poems

by Roya Marsh

Background filled with sparks of fire.
Fire is Not a Country

by Cynthia Dewi Oka

White and light blue background with white leaves and a black person with a yellow snake wrapping around the length of their body.
Gumbo Ya Ya: Poems

by Aurielle Marie

I'm Alive. It Hurts. I Love It.
I’m Alive. It Hurts. I Love It.

by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza

White background and photograph of a cream-colored car on grass.
Inheritance

by Taylor Johnson

Black background and Medusa, center-framed, holding a person’s head in one hand and a sword in the other.
Wound from the Mouth of a Wound

by torrin a. greathouse

Cream-color background and blue cloth with cut out pattern.
The Year of Blue Water

by Yanyi

Adult Crossover

These books feature young protagonists and their coming-of-age journeys that appeal to every age. These poignant works appeal to young adults and adults.

Green background and collage of Black person with red, floral dress.
Blue Talk and Love

by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

A center-framed triad of three persons of different racial identities, placed above a field with two persons and an airplane.
Eighty Days

A.C. Esguerra

Light blue background with a white tree with yellow and pink leaves framing the cover and a person with a cat walking on grass in front of a cityscape.
Everything is Beautiful, and I’m Not Afraid

by Yao Xiao

Rainbow-colored background with enlarged false lashes spanning the width of cover.
Fairest: A Memoir

by Meredith Talusan

Abstract, tall buildings and a swirl of yellow and white coming out of a portal-like image.
In the Watchful City

by S. Qiouyi Lu

Blue background framing a dark orange sky with tree-scape.
Under the Udala Trees

by Chinelo Okparanta

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