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Featured LGBTQ Books for Kids & Teens

Books from Writers in Schools

LGBTQ Books for Children, Teens, and Young Adults (YA)

Below are 60+ LGBTQ children’s, teen, and young adult books we’ve shared with students through our Writers in Schools program. Featuring LGBTQ characters or themes, this list includes all grade levels: elementary, middle and high school, and beyond.

Elementary–Kindergarten, 1st–5th Grades

TitleAuthor
The GAYBC’sM.L. Webb
Drawing on Walls: The Story of Keith HaringMatthew Burgess
Dragtivity (Suitable for ages 4-12)Mor Erlich
When Aidan Became a BrotherKyle Lukoff
Call Me MaxKyle Lukoff
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow FlagRob Sanders
Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A RevolutionRob Sanders
Stella Brings the FamilyMiriam Schiffer
What Makes a Baby?Cory Silverberg
I’m Not a GirlJess Verdi (and Maddax Lyons)

Middle School: Grades 6, 7 and 8

TitleAuthor
Alan Cole Is Not a CowardEric Bell
Alan Cole Doesn’t DanceEric Bell
Hurricane ChildKacen Callender
King of the DragonfliesKacen Callender
GeorgeAlex Gino
RickAlex Gino
What Is Stonewall?Nico Medina
Hurricane SeasonNicole Melleby
The Role of Brie Hutchens…Nicole Melleby
The Best at ItMaulik Pancholy
Rainbow RevolutionariesSarah Prager
Queer Heroes: Meet 53 LGBTQ Heroes From Past and Present!Arabelle Sicardi
Sex Is a Funny WordCory Silverberg
How to Be Remy CameronJulian Winters

Young Adult: High School, Teens, and Beyond

TitleAuthor
Kiss Number 8Colleen AF Venable
One Man GuyMichael Barakiva
Hold My HandMichael Barakiva
I Am JCris Beam
SortedJackson Bird
This is Kind of an Epic Love StoryKacen Callender
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to YouPeter Cameron
Men of the House: A B-Boy Blues NovelJames Earl Hardy
Draw the LineLaurent Linn
About a GirlSarah McCarry
VanillaBilly Merrell
Destroy All MonsterSam J. Miller
The Art of StarvingSam J. Miller
Swipe Right for MurderDerek Milman
It Looks Like ThisRafi Mittlefehldt
Troublemaker for Justice: The Story of Bayard Rustin, the Man Behind the March on WashingtonWalter Naegle
Anger Is a GiftMark Oshiro
Queer, There and EverywhereSarah Prager
Fans of the Impossible LifeKate Scelsa
Out of SalemHal Schrieve
Playing by the BookS. Chris Shirley
Queer Heroes: Meet 53 LGBTQ Heroes From Past and Present!Arabelle Sicardi
CurveballJeremy Sorese
The Gravity of UsPhil Stamper
The Summer I Wasn’t MeJess Verdi
And She WasJess Verdi
We Now Return to Regular LifeMartin Wilson
What They Always Tell UsMartin Wilson
Running with LionsJulian Winters
The Year of Blue WaterYanyi

Adult Crossover—For Teens and Adults

TitleAuthor
When the Chant ComesKay Ulanday Barrett
Boy ErasedGarrard Conley
Here Comes the SunNicole Dennis-Benn
PatsyNicole Dennis-Benn
Lives of Great MenChike Frankie Edozien
SAY/MIRRORJP Howard
PrideChristopher Measom
Blackfish CitySam J. Miller
Under the Udala TreesChinelo Okparanta
ViralSuzanne Parker
Indecent AdvancesJames Polchin
No One Can Pronounce My NameRakesh Satyal
Name All the AnimalsAlison Smith

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