Experts Tell Us the LGBT Books For Young Readers

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This article showcases our top picks for the Best LGBT Books For Young Readers. 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.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This product was recommended by Alex Mastin from Home Grounds

One of the first LGBTQ YA (young adult) novels made in to a major motion picture, Simon vs the Home Sapiens Agenda is a great introduction for younger people in to LGBTQ literature, helping teach about the struggles that queer youth can go through, while also remaining relevant to their generation and not being to heavy. It showcases important realities, acceptance, fear & love in a way that younger people can relate to regardless of their sexuality. A great book that showcases love is love, and that someones identity doesn’t need to change how people treat someone.

I’ll Be The One by Lyla Lee

This product was recommended by Renee Alexis from Draw Paint Color

These books are light and fun to read. They are made for teens and I’m sure everyone will love them. Heartstopper will tickle your romantic bone and I’ll Be The One will be perfect for KPop fans. Both are such wonderful books with great representations and are available on Amazon.

Pride by Rob Sanders

This product was recommended by Leo Young from Optimized Family

This fantastic book explains the history and inspiration for the Gay Pride flag to young readers. As a parent, I find this book to be an excellent tool for instilling empathy, kindness, understanding, and acceptance in my children. Author Rob Sanders wrote the book, which tells the tale of activist Harvey Milk and his battle for equality, as well as his hope. It also tells the story of Gilbert Baker’s design for the rainbow flag.

The GayBCs Board Book by M. L. Webb

This product was recommended by Gabrielle Bujak from Quirk Books

A joyful alphabet book of LGBTQ+ vocabulary for kids of all ages. Featuring playful illustrations and lively poems, readers delight in the beauty of embracing one’s truest self—from A is for Aro and Ace to F is for Family to T is for Trans..

Kid Activists by Allison Steinfeld, Robin Stevenson

This product was recommended by Gabrielle Bujak from Quirk Books

Moving, relatable, and totally true childhood biographies of Martin Luther King Jr., Harvey Milk, Janet Mock, Malala Yousafzai, and 12 other inspiring activists.

I’m Not a Girl by Maddox Lyons & Jessica Verdi

This product was recommended by Jen Kiss from Happy Parenting & Families

A great book for young readers who are transgender or who would like to understand more about what it means to be transgender. This story talks about the feelings of confusion and anger a transgender child feels while they are trying to find their true selves, as well as the struggle to communicate who they really are to others. It also has a wonderful message of friendship and acceptance.

Adventures with My Daddies by Gareth Peter

This product was recommended by Mary Wolford from Peachtree

Set off on a series of incredible adventures with an endearing, diverse family as the bedtime stories they read burst into colorful life. Together, the daddies and their little one battle dragons, dodge deadly dinosaurs, zoom to the moon, and explore the world in a hot air balloon, before winding down to sleep in a wonderfully cozy ending. A heartwarming read aloud with whimsical illustrations, perfect for LGBTQ+ and adoptive families!

Tuesday is Daddy’s Day by Elliot Kreloff

This product was recommended by Mary Wolford from Peachtree

Celebrating LGBTQ+ parents, coparents who live apart, and the shared love that keeps families together no matter where they live, Tuesday is Daddy’s Day is a sweet story perfect for all families. With a message about appreciating everything you have and being open to change, paired with bright, kid-friendly illustrations reminiscent of crayon drawings, this is a great title to share with the young readers you love.

Norman the Interested Cat by Cheryl Cage

This product was recommended by Cheryl Cage from NormantheInterestedCat

Norman and his friends pick out their outfits for their friend Flossie’s 2nd birthday. In doing so, they realize that expressing their individuality through clothes makes them feel happier. Bert ends up wearing his yellow sundress, while Murphy wears sparkles galore. Outfits have no gender in Norman’s world of animal friends, who are also Cheryl’s animal friends in real life :).

My Two Moms and Me by Michael Joosten

This product was recommended by Geninna Ariton from Trendhim

An adorable book about the babies and toddlers of lesbian mothers, including a variety of diverse loving families with two moms. Families with same-sex parents are celebrated in this board book that follows busy moms and their kids throughout their day–eating breakfast, going on a playdate, heading to the pool for a swim, and settling back in at night with a bedtime story and a goodnight lullaby.

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