LGBTQ+ Affirming Book Recommendations

May 10, 2022 4 min read

We released our Pride collection in response to the Don’t Say Gay bill in Florida, which is now law. With each purchase we are donating a LGBTQ+ affirming book to a child and so far you’ve helped us donate over 800 books!!!

Along the way, many of you have asked for some of our favorite titles, so here are just a few that we LOVE. These are must have reads for your school, or at home book shelf. Also note that I have broken these down between elementary, middle, and high school, however I think all ages can benefit from a beautiful picture book! Books that we have donated are starred.

Elementary (and anyone of any age really)

*The Family Book by Todd Par is about all families. Families come in all different shapes, sizes, and dynamics. The uniqueness should be celebrated, and this book does just that. A beautiful story about the love that all families share, this book is a must have.

 

*Prince & Knightby Daniel Haack is a fairytale you are going to want to read. This not so traditional fairytale is the story of a Prince and Knight who defeat a dragon and unexpectedly fall in love. The message that not every prince marries a princess is an important, inclusive message that needs to be heard in order for all children to feel seen. 

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders is a must have book for all children. This story beautifully depicts the history behind the creation of the Gay Pride Flag with Harvey Milk and the designer Gilbert Baker. This story is true testament to the love and equality that the LGBTQIA+ community deserves.

*When Aidan Became a Brotherby Kyle Luckoff and Kaylani Juanita is a wonderful gender affirming story of Aidan, a little boy who was often mistaken as a girl in the beginning of his life even though he knew he was a boy. When Aidan finds out he is going to be a big brother he wants to help his parents prepare. He becomes nervous that he is not going to do everything right. However, his family reassures him he will be the best big brother ever!

This Day in June by Gale E. Pitman is an amazing celebratory story of love that takes place at a Pride parade. The rhymes are fun, the illustrations are vibrant, and the message is one of being united and validated.

Heather has two Mommies by Leslea Newman is a heart working story of a little girl who absolutely adores the number two. She especially loves her two mommies! When she starts school she quickly wonders if she is the only child in her class with two moms. Her teacher has the class draw pictures of their families to showcase that every family is beautiful, loved, and unique.

*Being You; A First Conversation about Gender is the perfect first step in having open and honest conversations with children about gender and identity.

I am Jazzby Jessica Heribel and Jazz Jennings is based on a true story of Jazz, a young girl in a boys body. She loves all things pink and doesn’t feel like herself in boys clothing. The messaging of this book is very simple and true and is a wonderful addition for any parent/teacher.

Middle School Reads

*Spin with Meby Ami Poloski is a novel about first love and non-binary identity. Essie thinks she has a typical crush on a beautiful boy. But as her crush blossoms, she soon realizes that Ollie is not a boy or a girl, but gender non-binary.

*What was Stonewall by Nico Medina is a wonderful resource to teach children about the history of a protest in New York that led to a social movement across America in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights.

 *Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake follows Ivy, a young girl whose family lost their house in a fire and develops her first crush on a girl in school. A beautiful story about being true to who you are, this book is great addition to any library.

 *You Should see me in a Crown(upper middle) by Leah Johnson comes the story Liz Lighty a high school girl who has always felt very out of place in her small hometown. 

High School Reads

*The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta is a beautifully written story of coming out and embracing your identity. Michael struggles most of his life as to where he fits in. When he discovers Drag he has found his home and the Black Flamingo is born.

*Felix Ever Afterby Kacen Callender is a book about Felix Love, a transgender 17 year old seeking revenge against a bully in school by catfishing him. This novel focuses on the importance of identity, self-discovery, and accepting real love.

*All Boys Aren’t Blue a series of memoirs by George M. Johnson that discuss the trials and tribulations of growing up for Black queer boys. If I could suggest you read any book in the following year, I’d recommend this because my write up won’t ever begin to do this book justice.

*Miss Meteorby Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore is an empowering read for all young girls that proves the importance of self-worth and the power of believing you are enough.

 

That's the list! What did we miss? What are some of your favorites? Tell us below! If you'd like to put one of these books in the hands of a child, check out our brand new Pride collection 


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