LGBTQ+ Books for Parents and Children

Welcome to Family Equality’s Book Nook, a comprehensive list of the best LGBTQ+ books for the whole family!

Whether you’re searching for your child’s first picture book or a young adult novel that your tween will devour, Family Equality’s Book Nook is a list of our favorite books that represent diverse families in a loving and respectful way.

Check out the search portal below to discover what new LGBTQ+ books you need to add to your at-home, local, or school libraries!

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Luna

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Julie Anne Peters

Regan has always supported her sibling, who lives as Liam by day but revels as Luna at night. But when Liam wants to live as Luna full-time, Regan isn’t sure she’s ready for everyone else to know. This beautiful exploration of life as a transgender teenager (and as the sibling of one) is told from Regan’s point of view, and leaves no emotional stone unturned.

Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son:Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son: A Memoir of Growing Up, Coming Out, and Changing America’s Schools A Memoir of Growing Up, Coming Out, and Changing America’s Schools

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Kevin Jennings

In this emotional memoir, Kevin Jennings explores not only his roots, growing up in the south and hearing slurs against his orientation more often than he heard his name, but also explores how those early days led to his anti-bullying activism in American schools.

My Most Excellent Year

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Steve Kluger

Freshman year looks like it’s going to be the most complicated of all—T.C. is trying to make Alé fall in love with him, Alé is trying to avoid her diplomat father’s government life, and Augie is coming to terms with his sexuality—but if they play their cards right, ninth grade just might end up being the most excellent year.

Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List

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Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Naomi and Ely’s best friendship could survive anything—except Bruce. When Naomi’s boyfriend decides he’d rather be with Ely instead, not only do the best friends have to face that conflict, but Naomi also has to battle her own feelings for Ely.

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard

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Leslea Newman

On the night of October 6, 1998, a gay twenty-one-year-old college student named Matthew Shepard was lured from a Wyoming bar by two young men, savagely beaten, tied to a remote fence, and left to die. October Mourning, a novel in verse, is her deeply felt response to the events of that tragic day. Using her poetic imagination, the author creates fictitious monologues from various points of view, including the fence Matthew was tied to, the stars that watched over him, the deer that kept him company, and Matthew himself. More than a decade later, this stunning cycle of sixty-eight poems serves as an illumination for readers too young to remember, and as a powerful, enduring tribute to Matthew Shepard’s life.

One Man Guy

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Michael Barakiva

Alek Khederian should have guessed something was wrong when his parents took him to a restaurant. Everyone knows that Armenians never eat out. Between bouts of interrogating the waitress and criticizing the menu, Alek’s parents announce that he’ll be attending summer school in order to bring up his grades. Alek is sure this experience will be the perfect hellish end to his hellish freshman year of high school. He never could’ve predicted that he’d meet someone like Ethan.

Ethan is everything Alek wishes he were: confident, free-spirited, and irreverent. He can’t believe a guy this cool wants to be his friend. And before long, it seems like Ethan wants to be more than friends. Alek has never thought about having a boyfriend—he’s barely ever had a girlfriend—but maybe it’s time to think again.

Parrotfish

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Ellen Wittlinger

Angela Katz-McNair has never felt quite right as a girl, but it’s a shock to everyone when she cuts her hair short, buys some men’s clothes, and announces she’d like to be called by a new name, Grady. Although Grady is happy about his decision to finally be true to himself, everybody else is having trouble processing the news. Grady’s parents act hurt; his sister is mortified; and his best friend, Eve, won’t acknowledge his existence. On top of that, there are more practical concerns–for instance, which locker room is he supposed to use for gym class? Grady didn’t expect his family and friends to be happy about his decision, but he also didn’t expect kids at school to be downright nasty about it. But as the victim of some cruel jokes, Grady also finds unexpected allies, including the school geek Sebastian, and Kita Charles, who’s a gorgeous senior. In a voice tinged with humor and sadness, Ellen Wittlinger explores Grady’s struggles—struggles any teen will be able to relate to.

Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy

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Bil Wright

Carlos Duarte knows that he’s fabulous. He’s got a better sense of style than half the fashionistas in New York City, and he can definitely apply makeup like nobody’s business. He may only be in high school, but when he lands the job of his dreams— makeup artist at the FeatureFace counter in Macy’s—he’s sure that he’s finally on his way to great things. But the makeup artist world is competitive and cutthroat, and for Carlos to reach his dreams, he’ll have to believe in himself more than ever.

Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World

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Sarah Prager

World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals—and you’ve never heard of many of them. Sarah delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms. From high-profile figures like Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to the trailblazing gender-ambiguous Queen of Sweden and a bisexual blues singer who didn’t make it into your history books, these astonishing true stories uncover a rich queer heritage that encompasses every culture, in every era. By turns hilarious and inspiring, the beautifully illustrated Queer, There, and Everywhere is for anyone who wants the real story of the queer rights movement.

Download the Study Guide here: https://itgetsbetter.org/blog/lesson/queer-there-and-everywhere/!

Rainbow Boys

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Alex Sanchez

Three teenage boys, coming of age and out of the closet. In a revealing debut novel that percolates with passion and wit, Alex Sanchez follows these very different high-school seniors as their struggles with sexuality and intolerance draw them into a triangle of love, betrayal, and ultimately, friendship.


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