Books for LGBTQ+ Pride Month

By Luis Diaz | June 2 2021 | General

In June we celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month, which honors the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan.

First, President Bill Clinton declared June “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month” on June 2, 2000. In 2009, President Barack Obama declared June “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.”

LGBTQ+ Pride events attract millions of participants around the world. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

To honor this community, here is a selection of titles that can be shared with students.

 

My Rainbow

A dedicated mom puts love into action as she creates the perfect rainbow-colored wig for her transgender daughter, based on the real-life experience of mother-daughter advocate duo Trinity and DeShanna Neal.

 

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag

In this deeply moving and empowering true story, young readers will trace the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings in 1978 with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today’s world. Award-winning author Rob Sanders’s stirring text, and acclaimed illustrator Steven Salerno’s evocative images, combine to tell this remarkable – and undertold – story. A story of love, hope, equality, and pride.

 

The GayBCs

A joyous celebration of LGBTQ+ vocabulary in an alphabet book for kids of all ages, featuring bright illustrations and an inclusive message about the beauty of embracing one’s truest self.

 

Felix Yz

When Felix Yz was three years old, a hyperintelligent fourth-dimensional being became fused inside him after one of his father’s science experiments went terribly wrong. Some days it’s business as usual—time with his close-knit family, run-ins with a bully at school, anxiety about his crush. But life becomes more out of the ordinary with the arrival of an Estonian chess Grandmaster, the revelation of family secrets, and a train-hopping journey.

 

The Stars Beneath Our Feet

A boy tries to steer a safe path through the projects in Harlem in the wake of his brother’s death in this outstanding debut novel that celebrates community and creativity.

 

Trevor

An anti-bullying, LGBTQ-supportive piece of fiction with an IT GETS BETTER message. A poignant young adult novella of love, loss, and Lady Gaga, for anyone who has been shunned for being different. Trevor mixes humor and realism in an urgent look at what it is like to feel alienated from everything around you. And more importantly, what critical ties can step in at the most unlikely moment, to save you from despair, and give you reason to go on living.

 

Tuesday Is Daddy’s Day

A charming look at the many forms a happy family can take—whether she’s with Mommy at her house, or with Daddy and his partner Harry at their apartment, this little girl always knows she’s loved.

 

 


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LGBTQIA+ Elementary Titles


 

 

My Rainbow
978-1-9848-1460-9
A dedicated mom puts love into action as she creates the perfect rainbow-colored wig for her transgender daughter, based on the real-life experience of mother-daughter advocate duo Trinity and DeShanna Neal.
$17.99 US
Oct 20, 2020
Hardcover
32 Pages
Kokila
Preschool - 3


The GayBCs
978-1-68369-162-4
A joyous celebration of LGBTQ+ vocabulary in an alphabet book for kids of all ages, featuring bright illustrations and an inclusive message about the beauty of embracing one's truest self.
$14.99 US
Oct 08, 2019
Hardcover
32 Pages
Quirk Books
Preschool - 3

Felix Yz
978-0-425-28851-1
A Wrinkle in Time for the 21st century. "If you think a boy with an alien inside him doesn't have a whole lot to teach you about life and love and the ways we are connected to each other, then you've never met Felix Yz." --Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, author of the Morris Award finalist The Smell of Other People's Houses
$8.99 US
Jun 05, 2018
Paperback
288 Pages
Puffin Books
Grades 5-9

The Stars Beneath Our Feet
978-1-5247-0127-7
"The right story at the right time. . . . It's not just a narrative; it's an experience. It's the novel we've been waiting for." --The New York Times A boy tries to steer a safe path through the projects in Harlem in the wake of his brother's death in this outstanding debut novel that celebrates community and creativity.
$7.99 US
Jan 08, 2019
Paperback
304 Pages
Yearling
Grade 5 & Up

Trevor
a novella
978-1-60980-487-9
An anti-bullying, LGBTQ-supportive piece of fiction with an IT GETS BETTER message. A poignant young adult novella of love, loss, and Lady Gaga, for anyone who has been shunned for being different. Trevor mixes humor and realism in an urgent look at what it is like to feel alienated from everything around you. And more importantly, what critical ties can step in at the most unlikely moment, to save you from despair, and give you reason to go on living.
$9.95 US
Aug 06, 2013
Paperback
112 Pages
Triangle Square
Grade 5 & Up

Tuesday Is Daddy's Day
978-0-8234-4891-3
A charming look at the many forms a happy family can take—whether she's with Mommy at her house, or with Daddy and his partner Harry at their apartment, this little girl always knows she's loved.
$18.99 US
May 25, 2021
Hardcover
48 Pages
Holiday House
Preschool - 2