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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The God Box

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Alex Sanchez

High school senior Paul has dated Angie since middle school, and they’re good together. They have a lot of the same interests, like singing in their church choir and being active in Bible club. But when Manuel transfers to their school, Paul has to rethink his life. Manuel is the first openly gay teen anyone in their small town has ever met, and yet he says he’s also a committed Christian. Talking to Manuel makes Paul reconsider thoughts he has kept hidden, and listening to Manuel’s interpretation of Biblical passages on homosexuality causes Paul to reevaluate everything he believed. Manuel’s outspokenness triggers dramatic consequences at school, culminating in a terrifying situation that leads Paul to take a stand.

The Last Exit to Normal

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Michael Harmon

When 17-year-old Ben’s dad announces to the family that he’s gay, Ben does everything he can to equally upset his father. But amidst all his recklessness, he doesn’t see the curveball headed straight for him: Ben winds up moving to Montana with not just his dad, but dad’s boyfriend, Edward. While navigating this new relationship, Ben also seeks to solve an apparent mystery next door.

The Vast Fields of Ordinary

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Nick Burd

It’s Dade’s last summer at home, and things are pretty hopeless. He has a crappy job, a “boyfriend” who treats him like dirt, and his parents’ marriage is falling apart. So when he meets and falls in love with the mysterious Alex Kincaid, Dade feels like he’s finally experiencing true happiness. But when a tragedy shatters the final days of summer, he realizes he must face his future and learn how to move forward from his past.

Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about the Grapes of Wrath

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Steven Goldman

Mitchell isn’t just your average kid— he’s even more average than that. He’s barely making it through eleventh grade when everything changes—his best (and only friend) comes out, a popular girl asks him out, and don’t even mention the prom!

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

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John Green and David Levithan

What’s in a name? When two teenagers meet who have nothing in common besides both being named Will Grayson, their worlds will change in ways they never saw coming.


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To support Family Equality while you build your LGBTQ+ family library, visit smile.amazon.com and log in using your Amazon credentials. Then search for Family Equality under “Or pick your own charitable organization” and click “Select.”

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More Resources for LGBTQ+ Families

Once you put down your most recent purchase, check out all the other activities, resources, and programs we create to support and connect LGBTQ+ families like yours across the country!


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Have an LGBTQ+ book you’d like to submit to our list?

If you know about an LGBTQ+ book that isn’t on our list, but should be—let us know! Use the form below to contact a staff member, and we’ll be in touch about next steps.