pRYEde Book Recommendations

Here are some of our fav picks for books that include LGBTQ+ characters and issues.  

Pre School Age

Be Who You Are by Todd Parr
What Does a Princess Really Look Like? by Mark Loewen
I Am Jazz by Jazz Jennings & Jessica Herthel
Pink Is For Boys by Robb Pearlman
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager
Red A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall
My Two Moms and Me by Michael Joosten
Daddy, Papa, and Me by Leslea Newman
Mommy, Mama, and Me by Leslea Newman
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christina Baldachinno
Uncle Bobby's Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen
ABC A Family Alphabet Book by Bobbie Combs
My Two Dads Are Amazing  by Pablo Fernandez
Molly's Family by Nancy Garden
King and King by Linda de Haan

Elementary School

Introducing Teddy: A Gentle Story About Gender and Friendship by Jessica Walton
Stella Brings The Family by Miriam Schiffer
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag Rob by Sanders
Neither Airlie Anderson
Donovan's Big Day by Leslea Newman
Totally Joe by James Howe
The Adventures of Honey & Leon by Alan Cumming
Julian Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
Stonewall: A Building, an Uprising, a Revolution by Rob Sanders
A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Marlon Bundo & Jill Twiss
Jacob's New Dress by Sarah Hoffman & Ian Hoffman


Middle Grades

George by Alex Gino
The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy
This Would Make a Good Story Someday by Dana Alison Levy
The Other Boy by M.G Hennessey
One True Way by Shannon Hitchcock
Zenobia July by Lisa Bunker
The Whispers by Greg Howard
The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister by Charlotte Agell
Better Nate Than Never by Tim Federle
The Boy in the Dress by David Williams
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky
Kiss by Jacqueline Wilson
Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
Marco Impossible by Hannah Moskowitz
My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer by Jennifer Gennari
See You At Harry's by Jo Knowles
Wandering Son, Volume 1 by Takako Shimura

Young Adult

The ABC's of LGBT+: (Gender Identity Book for Teens, Teen & Young Adult LGBT Issues)
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Alberalli
Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
Rethinking Normal by Katie Rain Hill
Geography Club by Brent Hartinger
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
For Today I Am A Boy by Kim Fu
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
The Backstagers by James Tynion IV
Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages by Saundra Mitchell
Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sara Prager
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki
All Boys Aren't Blue by George M Johnson


Adult and Reference

Sweeter Voices Still: An LGBTQ Anthology from Middle America Edited by Ryan Schuessler & Kevin Witeneir, Jr
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne
This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
We Are Every Everywhere: Protest, Power and Price in the History of Queer Liberation by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown
Pride:  The Story of the LGBTQ Equality Movement by Matt Todd
The Stonewall Riots:  A Documentary History by Marc Stein

pRYEde recently gave a presentation focused on inclusion and equity efforts in early education.  Here are some great books we pulled that are preschool/early elementary age appropriate and present a variety of diverse topics and characters, plus a link to a spreadsheet with descriptions of these books.

Other LGBTQ+ Book Lists

ALA's Rainbow List

Alex Sanchez's List of Great Gay Teen Books

I'm Queer I'm Here, What the Hell Do I Read?

SLJ's LGBTQ Book List