LGBTQ Books

From books with main characters who are LGBTQ or still figuring out their gender or sexual orientations to stories of straight kids or teens with gay friends or parents, these books portray many aspects of the LGBTQ experience.

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Heather Has Two Mommies Book Poster Image
Lively illustrations add charm to inclusion classic.
By Lesléa Newman
(2017)
(2015)
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Introducing Teddy: A Gentle Story About Gender and Friendship Book Poster Image
Gentle teddy bear tale about gender identity.
By Jessica Walton
(2016)
(2016)
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A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo Book Poster Image
Cute story of two boy bunnies who get married.
By Jill Twiss
(2018)
(2018)
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Harriet Gets Carried Away Book Poster Image
Fanciful story of birthday girl spirited away by penguins.
By Jessie Sima
(2018)
(2018)
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I Am Jazz Book Poster Image
Sweet, straightforward story of young transgender girl.
By Jessica Herthel, Jazz Jennings
(2014)
(2014)
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Jacob's New Dress Book Poster Image
Cheery book on dismantling gender norms helps kids, parents.
By Sarah Hoffman, Ian Hoffman
(2016)
(2014)
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And Tango Makes Three Book Poster Image
Touching love story of male penguins teaches acceptance.
By Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell
(2015)
(2015)
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Worm Loves Worm Book Poster Image
Love wins in sweet, unconventional wedding tale.
By J.J. Austrian
(2016)
(2016)
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Home at Last Book Poster Image
Fears faced openly when loving dads adopt older boy.
By Vera B. Williams
(2016)
(2016)
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King & King Book Poster Image
Prince marries a guy in fun fairy-tale twist.
By Linda de Haan, Stern Nijland
(2016)
(2003)
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George Book Poster Image
Fourth-grader George identifies as a girl in tender tale.
By Alex Gino
(2015)
(2015)
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Better Nate Than Ever Book Poster Image
Terrific tale of misfit taking bold step to remake his life.
By Tim Federle
(2013)
(2013)
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Drama Book Poster Image
Sharp, funny graphic novel captures chaos of theater.
By Raina Telgemeier
(2012)
(2012)
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Felix Yz Book Poster Image
Tale of alien fused inside boy stresses acceptance, empathy.
By Lisa Bunker
(2017)
(2017)
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The Hammer of Thor: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 2 Book Poster Image
Loads of excitement plus intro of gender-fluid character.
By Rick Riordan
(2016)
(2016)
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Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World Book Poster Image
First stirrings of girl's same-sex crush gently handled.
By Ashley Herring Blake
(2018)
(2018)
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Lily and Dunkin Book Poster Image
Sensitive story of misfits striving to be their real selves.
By Donna Gephart
(2016)
(2016)
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Unicorn Power!: Lumberjanes, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Spirited comics-based novel has girl power to the max.
By Mariko Tamaki
(2018)
(2017)
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My Mixed-up Berry Blue Summer Book Poster Image
Girl stands up for gay mom in slight but thoughtful story.
By Jennifer Gennari
(2012)
(2012)
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Addie on the Inside Book Poster Image
Vivacious seventh grader expresses herself in vivid poems.
By James Howe
(2011)
(2011)
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Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen Book Poster Image
Candid, chatty memoir is powerful voice for trans kids.
By Jazz Jennings
(2016)
(2016)
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Two Boys Kissing Book Poster Image
Poignant tale of several gay teens and record-breaking kiss.
By David Levithan
(2013)
(2013)
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Honor Girl Book Poster Image
Absorbing, bittersweet, same-sex camp romance.
By Maggie Thrash
(2015)
(2015)
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In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World Book Poster Image
YouTuber's heartfelt memoir recalls bullies, alcoholic mom.
By Joey Graceffa
(2016)
(2016)
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You Look Different in Real Life Book Poster Image
Gripping novel of kids filmed every five years for docu.
By Jennifer Castle
(2013)
(2013)
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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Book Poster Image
Literary story of two boys' life-changing friendship.
By Benjamin Alire Sáenz
(2012)
(2012)
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Ask the Passengers Book Poster Image
Powerful, poignant story of teen girl in love with a girl.
By A.S. King
(2012)
(2012)
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At the Edge of the Universe Book Poster Image
Teen seeks missing boyfriend in existential coming-of-ager.
By Shaun David Hutchinson
(2017)
(2017)
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Binge Book Poster Image
YouTuber's funny, frank memoir recalls casual sex, drinking.
By Tyler Oakley
(2016)
(2015)
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Carry On Book Poster Image
Harry Potter-like fantasy is funny, romantic, delightful.
By Rainbow Rowell
(2015)
(2015)
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Everything Leads to You Book Poster Image
Teen finds mystery and romance in engaging Hollywood tale.
By Nina LaCour
(2014)
(2014)
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Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story Book Poster Image
Gay teen's coming out becomes a musical in fun, campy novel.
By David Levithan
(2015)
(2015)
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If I Was Your Girl Book Poster Image
Transgender teen finds first love in moving coming-of-ager.
By Meredith Russo
(2016)
(2016)
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If You Could Be Mine Book Poster Image
Love story about two Iranian girls is sad but educational.
By Sara Farizan
(2013)
(2013)
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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life Book Poster Image
Teen contemplates family, grief in slow but wise novel.
By Benjamin Alire Sáenz
(2017)
(2017)
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Odd One Out Book Poster Image
Honest, engaging tale of teen sexuality and friendship.
By Nic Stone
(2018)
(2018)
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Parrotfish Book Poster Image
Solid primer on what it means to be a transgender teen.
By Ellen Wittlinger
(2007)
(2007)
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Ramona Blue Book Poster Image
Wry coming-of-ager explores sex orientation, family loyalty.
By Julie Murphy
(2017)
(2017)
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Release Book Poster Image
Dose of fantasy adds to thoughtful coming-of-age tale.
By Patrick Ness
(2017)
(2017)
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Spinning Book Poster Image
Frank, sensitive coming-of-age tale of young lesbian skater.
By Tillie Walden
(2017)
(2017)
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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Book Poster Image
Sweet tale of gay teen who comes out, takes chance on love.
By Becky Albertalli
(2015)
(2015)
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Symptoms of Being Human Book Poster Image
Empathetic, empowering story of gender-fluid teen.
By Jeff Garvin
(2016)
(2016)
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They Both Die at the End Book Poster Image
As riveting and heartbreaking as the title promises.
By Adam Silvera
(2017)
(2017)
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This Is Where It Ends Book Poster Image
Harrowing and heartbreaking story of a school shooting.
By Marieke Nijkamp
(2016)
(2016)
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Unbecoming Book Poster Image
Family secrets, mature themes in thoughtful drama.
By Jenny Downham
(2016)
(2016)
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We Are Okay Book Poster Image
Memorable story of friendship, loss, and family secrets.
By Nina LaCour
(2017)
(2017)
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What If It's Us Book Poster Image
Two boys fall for each other in cute queer teen romance.
By Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
(2018)
(2018)
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The You I've Never Known Book Poster Image
Moving LGBTQ tale tackles abuse, bullying, and homophobia.
By Ellen Hopkins
(2017)
(2017)
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You Know Me Well Book Poster Image
Sweet story of gay teens who become fast friends.
By Nina LaCour, David Levithan
(2016)
(2016)
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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown Book Poster Image
Dark, violent, sensuous vampire tale best for older teens.
By Holly Black
(2013)
(2013)
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The Color Purple Book Poster Image
Edgy tale of poor, abused woman's journey to independence.
By Alice Walker
(2011)
(1982)
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The Great American Whatever Book Poster Image
Wry, heartfelt tale of teen trying to move on after tragedy.
By Tim Federle
(2016)
(2016)
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History Is All You Left Me Book Poster Image
Heartbreaking, beautifully written tale of grief and love.
By Adam Silvera
(2017)
(2017)
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Love in the Time of Global Warming Book Poster Image
Compelling apocalyptic survival story with four LGBTQ teens.
By Francesca Lia Block
(2013)
(2013)
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Rainbow Boys Book Poster Image
Breakthrough book about coming out -- and falling in love.
By Alex Sanchez
(2011)
(2001)
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Will Grayson, Will Grayson Book Poster Image
Edgy, clever gay-themed tale about teens with same name.
By John Green, David Levithan
(2010)
(2010)
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The Dangerous Art of Blending In Book Poster Image
Courageous love story told by teen suffering abuse.
By Angelo Surmelis
(2018)
(2018)
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Grasshopper Jungle Book Poster Image
Brilliant end-of-the-world chronicle is unforgettably weird.
By Andrew Smith
(2014)
(2014)
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The Handsome Girl & Her Beautiful Boy Book Poster Image
Compelling story of gender-defying teens falling in love.
By B.T. Gottfred
(2018)
(2018)
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The Miseducation of Cameron Post Book Poster Image
Story of young Montana lesbian is best for mature teens.
By Emily M. Danforth
(2012)
(2012)
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