An Intro to Pride

With many parents and teachers looking to diversify their young readers' collections, here are a few works by LGBTQ+ authors, as well as those featuring queer characters, to add to your shelves.  Want to diversify your own reading?  Here are a few books for older readers too!


Julián Is a Mermaid Cover Image
By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763690458
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Published: Candlewick - April 23rd, 2018

While riding the subway with his abuela, Julián can't stop staring at the
"mermaids" --three VERY stylish older women-- who are riding with them.
When he gets home Julián decides that he also wants to be a mermaid and ransacks the house looking for pieces for his outfit. But when his abuela gets out of the shower and sees the chaos...she gives him a string of pearls to complete his ensemble! Beautiful illustrations of people all shapes, sizes, and skin tones make this a delightful (and sometimes underwater!) fantasy.

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Red: A Crayon's Story Cover Image
By Michael Hall, Michael Hall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062252074
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Published: Greenwillow Books - February 3rd, 2015

What happens when the label on the outside doesn't match what's on the inside? All crayon's have a label, and Red came from the factory with a red label. But Red is only able to color blue, no matter how hard he tries or what advice the other crayons give him.

When Aidan Became a Brother Cover Image
By Kyle Lukoff, Kaylani Juanita (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781620148372
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Published: Lee & Low Books - June 4th, 2019

A transgender boy helps his parents prepare for the arrival of a new baby while anticipating his new job as "big brother" in this sensitive and heartfelt picture book. Aidan always knew his was a different kind of boy, and all he wants is for his new sibling to grow up in a world of love and understanding.

Auntie Uncle: Drag Queen Hero Cover Image
By Ellie Royce, Hannah Chambers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781576879351
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Published: POW! Kids Books - April 28th, 2020

By day, Uncle Leo is an office worker. But at night he is Auntie Lotta, drag performer extraordinaire. When Lotta performs an act of heroism at the local Pride parade and the mayor wants to give her an award, Leo doesn't know if it's him or Lotta who should accept! Told from the perspective of an adoring nephew who comes to the conclusion that while he loves both Uncle Leo and Auntie Lotta, it may be his Auntie Uncle who he loves the most.

George (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545812573
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 25th, 2017

Everyone thinks George is a boy. Everyone but George, that is. She knows that she is a girl, and that her name is Melissa. When her teacher announces that the class play is going to be "Charlotte's Web," Melissa and her best friend Kelly come up with a plan to get Melissa the lead role of Charlotte. Children and adults will both gain a deeper understanding of the complicated feelings that come with being a child and realizing you are different.

The Whispers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525517511
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Published: Puffin Books - January 14th, 2020

Riley is 11-years-old and has four wishes: he wishies the bullies at school would leave him alone, he wishes that he could stop wetting the bed, he wishes that his crush Dylan, an 8th grade boy, would like him back, and he wishes that his missing mom would come back home. So Riley and his best friend Gary try to find the Whispers, magical creatures who will grant your wishes if you leave them tributes. But what starts out as a camping trip soon turns into much, much more, and will force Riley to question everything he thought he knew so far.

The Black Flamingo Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062990297
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 26th, 2020

This novel in verse follows Mike Angeli. He lives in London, he's mixed race, and he is gay. So suffice it to say he's never really felt like he fit in. Until, that is, he joins his university's Drag Society and finds a way to embrace the things that make him not only unique, but happy.

I Wish You All the Best Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338608359
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Published: PUSH - May 5th, 2020

In this own-voices novel, Ben comes out as nonbinary to their parents, and is thrown out of the house and must go live with their estranged sister Hannah (and her husband Thomas) and start at a new school. Determined to keep their head down and finish the year unnoticed, Ben only comes out to their therapist, Hannah, and Thomas. But when Ben meets Nathan, who is funny and charismatic, what seems like the worst thing to ever happen to Ben might in fact turn out to be the best.