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Experts Tell Us the Best LGBT Books For Middle School

This article showcases our top picks for the LGBT Books For Middle School. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).

We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Pumpkin by Julie Murphy

This product was recommended by Savannah from HappiestExploring

This is a book that celebrates being yourself, while also recognizing that sometimes it may be scary and difficult to do so. A book about drag and embracing your inner queen.


The Lucky List by Rachael Lippincott

This product was recommended by Savannah from HappiestExploring

Best for young adults who are interested in learning about who they are, who they love, and what do to when the person you’re used to sharing yourself with being gone.


Wilder Girls by Rory Power

This product was recommended by Savannah from HappiestExploring

A perfect story for our current era. A story about three best friends living in quarantine at their boarding school. A story about friendship, love, and loyalty.


Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

This product was recommended by Savannah from HappiestExploring

A novel about a transgender teen dealing with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the very first time. A story about recognizing the love you deserve.


What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli

This product was recommended by Savannah from HappiestExploring

A New York Times bestseller. A story of two different boys who are trying to figure out if life wants them together or not.


Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

This product was recommended by Jennifer from Etia

This book was a delightful one with influential words. When Melly goes to her school camp, she fell in love with Adaline and wants to figure out her Identity. It is about not only The LGBT community but, also about true friends, music, and school experience which can never be driven away from your head.


Pride by Rob Sanders

This product was recommended by Marilyn Gaskell from TruePeopleSearch

This book is my absolute favorite because not only is it fun for middle schoolers, with its many illustrations, but it’s also full of interesting history about the Pride Flag. I used to read it to my niece and we both learned a lot while reading it!


The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith

This product was recommended by Kelly Ashlen from Sexsi Toys

This is a beautifully crafted fantasy adventure that will appeal to children and parents, and I just love it! Perfect for middle school ages. The author conveys heartfelt gender-affirming ideas without making it feel like a moral tale. Rather, the characters provide a good example, which young readers should be able to internalise and follow. The artwork is stunning. Several times while reading, I just paused to enjoy the artistry that went into the beautiful drawings.


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