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LGBTQ+ Books for Kids, Tweens, and Teens

LGBTQ+ Books for Kids, Tweens, and Teens

From picture books to YA novels, these books are perfect for Pride Month!

These books about LGBTQ+ families help normalize freedom of expression, same-sex parents, and love. Here are our top picks of board books, picture books, chapter books, and YA novels that celebrate the LGBTQ+ history and community. Whether you're looking for a book for your little one or are in search of a story to help your teen, you can't go wrong with one of these books.

Parents are Parents

My Two Dads and ME

My Two Moms and Me

Cultivating a culture of acceptance of everyone begins with the littlest citizens. Enter My Two Moms and Me and My Two Dads and Me, both written by Michael Joosten and illustrated by Izak Zenou. These board books celebrate LGBTQ+ parents and show incredible diversity in the families. Most importantly, the books illustrate the fact that children with two moms or two dads have just as much love as kids with a mom and a dad. (Ages newborn to 3; Doubleday; $8.99 each)

Come as You Are

Jacob's Room to Choose

Jacob and Sophie don’t look like the other boys and girls in their class. They are gender non-conforming: Jacob has long hair and wears a dress to school, while Sophie has short hair and prefers to wear pants. Because of how they look, their peers chase them out of the boys’ and girls’ bathrooms. Jacob’s Room to Choose, by Sarah and Ian Hoffman, helps kids understand gender expression and stereotypes—and asks, if everyone needs to use the bathroom, why can’t bathrooms be for everyone? (Ages 5-8; APA/Magination Press; $17.99)

History Makers

Stonewall: A Building, An Uprising, A Revolution

The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising is being commemorated in numerous ways this year, the biggest of which is the fact that New York City was chosen to host WorldPride this month. Another way the uprising is being honored? With Rob Sanders’ Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution. This picture book—told from the perspective of Stonewall Inn—takes readers through the history and significance of the Greenwich Village building that started out as a horse stable in the 1840s and is now part of the National Historic Monument, the first of which honors the LGBTQ+ community. (Ages 5-8; Random House Children’s Books; $17.99) 

Coming into Her Own

Zenobia July

Zenobia July is starting a new chapter in her life. She moves to Maine to live with her aunts after becoming an orphan, starts at a new school, and comes out of her shell to find her own community of new friends. The biggest change for her? She’s now living her life openly as the girl she always knew she was. But when someone anonymously posts hateful memes on the school’s website, Zen, who used to spend all her time coding and hacking, knows she’s the only one able to solve the cyber mystery. (Ages 10 and older; $17.99; Viking)

Katelin Walling


Katelin Walling is the Editorial Director for NYMetroParents. She can often be found reading, knitting, or whipping up a vegan treat—all with a cup of coffee nearby.

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