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LGBTQ+ Picture Books


Arnold, Elana K, author.
JEASY ARN
"Gender-creative Riley knows just what to wear for every occasion during a busy week with family and friends"-- Provided by publisher.

Baldacchino, Christine, 1977- author.
JEASY BAL
A young boy faces adversity from classmates when he wears an orange dress at school.

Beer, Sophie, author, illustrator.
JEASY BEE
Whether you have one parent, two moms, two dads, a mom and a dad, or another wonderful caregiver, there's one thing that makes a family a family ... and that's love.

Brannen, Sarah S.
JEASY BRA
Chloë is jealous and sad when her favorite uncle announces that he will be getting married, but as she gets to know Jamie better and becomes involved in planning the wedding, she discovers that she will always be special to Uncle Bobby--and to Uncle Jamie, too.

Brichzin, Kerstin, author.
JEASY BRI
"Felix likes to wear skirts. He thinks they're fun--plus he likes the way his legs move in them. His family doesn't mind, but that's not the case for Felix's classmates. Their merciless teasing makes him want to give up school for good. Can Felix's parents come up with a way to validate Felix's expression, while also teaching the other children a lesson in acceptance?"--Publishers website.

Bryan, Jennifer.
JEASY BRY
The elephent of purpose is definitely in the room, but this tale, spun by a lad and one of his two same sex parents is playful.

Ewert, Marcus.
JEASY EWE
Bailey longs to wear the beautiful dresses of her dreams but is ridiculed by her unsympathetic family which rejects her true perception of herself.

Fierstein, Harvey, 1954-
JEASY FIE
Elmer the duck is teased because he is different, but he proves himself by not only surviving the winter, but also saving his Papa.

Fisher, Michelle Millar, author.
J 306.766 FIS
Traces the history of the Rainbow Flag, an important symbol of civil rights for the gay community.

Garden, Nancy.
JEASY GAR
While preparing decorations for Open School Night, Molly and several of her classmates draw pictures of their families and discover that family means something different to each of them.

Genhart, Michael, author.
J 813.6 GEN
"Children from different kinds of families demonstrate the original meanings of the colors in the rainbow flag, and then come together at a Pride parade." -- (Source of summary not specified)

Haack, Daniel, author.
JEASY HAA
A prince and a knight in shining armor find true love in each other's embrace after fighting a dragon together.

Herthel, Jessica, author.
J 306.768 HER
Presents the story of a transgender child who traces her early awareness that she is a girl in spite of male anatomy and the acceptance she finds through a wise doctor who explains her natural transgender status.

Hoffman, Eric, 1950-
JEASY SP HOF
Nate has trouble deciding what his favorite color is, but his two mammas help him realize that he does not have to have a best, best color.

Hoffman, Sarah, author.
JEASY HOF
Jacob, who likes to wear dresses at home, convinces his parents to let him wear a dress to school too.

Hong, Jess, author, illustrator.
JEASY HON
"Big, small, curly, straight, loud, quiet, smooth, wrinkly. Lovely explores a world of differences that all add up to the same thing: we are all lovely!"-- Provided by publisher.

Lindenbaum, Pija.
JEASY LIN
Ella, whose nickname is "Mini Mia" because her favorite soccer player is Mia Hamm, loves spending time with her eccentric uncle Tommy, but finds herself a bit put out when she has to share him with his new boyfriend Fergus.

Love, Jessica, author, illustrator.
JEASY LOV
While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes -- and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?

Lukoff, Kyle, author.
JEASY LUK
"Aidan, a transgender boy, experiences complicated emotions as he and his parents prepare for the arrival of a new baby"-- Provided by publisher.

Manushkin, Fran, author.
JEASY MAN
Depicts families of different colors and orientations as they play at a park, swim, and celebrate at a block party.

Mayeno, Laurin, author.
JEASY SP MAY
Mañana es el desfile escolar, y Danny sabe exactamente lo que será: una princesa. Mamá le apoya al 100%, y corren a la tienda de segunda mano para encontrar su traje. Es casi hora de cierre Danny encontrar el traje de sus sueños en el tiempo? Uno de A Kind, Like Me / Unico como yo es una dulce historia sobre el amor incondicional y la belleza de la individualidad. Es un libro único que levanta a los niños que no se ajustan a los estereotipos de género, y refleja el poder de una comunidad amorosa y de apoyo.

Moradian, Afsaneh, author.
JEASY MOR
"Jamie wants to play with everything! But the other children are confused. Some toys are just for girls and others are just for boys, aren't they? Not according to Jamie" -- publisher's description.

Newman, Lesléa, author.
JEASY NEW
"Heather's favorite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, and two pets. And she also has two mommies. When Heather goes to school for the first time, someone asks her about her daddy, but Heather doesn't have a daddy. Then something interesting happens. When Heather and her classmates all draw pictures of their families, not one drawing is the same. It doesn't matter who makes up a family, the teacher says, because "the most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love one another"" -- provided by publisher.

Newman, Lesléa.
JEASY NEW
A baby enjoys a number of fun activities with her two mothers.

Newman, Lesléa, author.
JEASY NEW
"Three-year-old Casey wants what his older sister, Jessie, has--a shimmery skirt, glittery painted nails, and a sparkly bracelet--but Jessie does not approve. After two boys tease Casey about his appearance, Jessie evolves to a place of acceptance and celebration of her gender creative younger brother"-- Provided by publisher.

Oelschlager, Vanita.
JEASY OEL
A young boy describes to two other children how his two mommies help him with all his needs.

Parr, Todd.
JEASY SP PAR
Este libro ilustrado para niños enseña que, entre otras cosas, está bien ser adoptado, está bien tener ruedas, y está bien tener las orejas grandes.

Pessin-Whedbee, Brook, author.
J 305.3 PES
"What do you like? How do you feel? Who are you? This brightly illustrated children's book provides a straightforward introduction to gender for anyone aged 5+. It presents clear and direct language for understanding and talking about how we experience gender: our bodies, our expression and our identity. An interactive three-layered wheel included in the book is a simple, yet powerful, tool to clearly demonstrate the difference between our body, how we express ourselves through our clothes and hobbies, and our gender identity. Ideal for use in the classroom or at home, a short page-by-page guide for adults at the back of the book further explains the key concepts and identifies useful discussion points. This is a one-of-a-kind resource for understanding and celebrating the gender diversity that surrounds us"--Publisher.

Pitman, Gayle E.
JEASY PIT
"A picture book illustrating a Pride parade. The endmatter serves as a primer on LGBT history and culture and explains the references made in the story"-- Provided by publisher.

Richardson, Justin, 1963- author.
JEASY RIC
At New York City's Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches.

Schiffer, Miriam B, author.
JEASY SCH
Stella brings her two fathers to school to celebrate Mother's Day.

Shannon, George.
JEASY SHA
A family can be many things, in this story that introduces numbered groups from one to ten.

Silverman, Erica, author.
JEASY SIL
Susan loves her baby sister, Jackie, but as Jackie grows older and behaves more and more like a boy Susan must adjust to having a brother, Jack, instead.

Stevenson, Robin, 1968- author.
JEASY STE
"In this photographic concept book, babies and toddlers are introduced to the PRIDE flag and the meaning behind each color."-- Provided by publisher.

Walton, Jessica, author.
JEASY WAL
Errol's best friend and teddy, Thomas, is sad because he wishes he were a girl, not a boy teddy, but what only matters to both of them is that they are friends.

Williams, Vera B, author, illustrator.
J PIC+ WIL
"After Lester is adopted from his foster home by Daddy Albert and Daddy Rich, he can't fall asleep in his new bed. What will it take to make Lester feel home at last?"-- Provided by publisher.

LBGTQ+ J Fiction, J Graphic Novels and J Nonfiction


Bell, Eric, 1985- author.
J FICTION BEL
Alan Cole can't stand up to his cruel brother, Nathan. He can't escape the wrath of his demanding father, who thinks he's about as exceptional as a goldfish. And -- scariest of all -- he can't let the cute boy across the cafeteria know he has a crush on him. But when Nathan discovers Alan's secret, his older brother announces a high-stakes round of Cole vs. Cole. Each brother must complete seven nearly impossible tasks; whoever finishes the most wins the game. If Alan doesn't want to be outed to all of Evergreen Middle School, he's got to become the most well-known kid in school, get his first kiss, and stand up to Dad. Alan's determined to prove -- to Nathan, to the world, to himself -- that this goldfish can learn to swim. May the best Cole win.

Blake, Ashley Herring, author.
J FICTION BLA
"Twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen's house is destroyed in a tornado, and in the aftermath of the storm, she begins to develop feelings for another girl at school"-- Provided by publisher.

Bunker, Lisa, author.
J FICTION BUN
Zenobia July, an excellent coder and hacker, investigates a mystery while wrestling with the challenges of a new school, a new family, and presenting her true gender for the first time.

Callender, Kheryn, author.
J FICTION CAL
Born on Water Island in the Virgin Islands during a hurricane, which is considered bad luck, twelve-year-old Caroline falls in love with another girl--and together they set out in a hurricane to find Caroline's missing mother.

Clarke, Cat, author.
J FICTION CLA
Eleven-year-old Liv fights to change the middle school dress code requiring girls to wear a skirt and, along the way, finds the courage to tell his moms he is meant to be a boy.

Gino, Alex.
JAUDIO DISC FICTION GINO
When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part, because she's a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan.

Harris, Neil Patrick, 1973- author.
J FICTION HAR
"Six young magicians and illusionists team up to save their small town from a crooked carnival owner and his goons"-- Provided by publisher.

Hitchcock, Shannon, author.
J FICTION HIT
From the moment she met Samantha, star of the school basketball team, on her first day at Daniel Boone Middle School, Allison Drake felt she had found a friend, something she needs badly since her brother died and her father left--but as their friendship grows it begins to evolve into a deeper emotion, and in North Carolina in 1977, it is not easy to discover that you might be gay.

Knowles, Johanna, 1970-
J FICTION KNO
Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible in her family, where grumpy eighteen-year-old Sarah is working at the family restaurant, fourteen-year-old Holden is struggling with school bullies and his emerging homosexuality, and adorable, three-year-old Charlie is always the center of attention, and when tragedy strikes, the fragile bond holding the family together is stretched almost to the breaking point.

Knowles, Johanna, 1970- author.
J FICTION KNO
"For thirteen-year-old Rachel, summer is meant to be a time of long days of swimming at the lake and hanging out with her best friend, Micah. And this year she has a summer job, taking care of the animals at the small hobby farm across the road. The chickens and pig are challenging, but she loves looking after the gentle horses and goats, and especially the adorable baby steer. At home, though, things are complicated. Her parents seem more worries about money than usual; they've even started arguing about it. Fortunately, Micah is a constant, loyal, steadying presence. But Rachel knows he wants their relationship to be more than a friendship. Rachel almost wishes for that, too, but she just doesn't feel "that way" about him. She isn't sure she wants that kind of relationship with any boy -- and wonders what that might mean. When the financial challenges facing the family reach a crisis point, Rachel will have to face some new realities. Things change, and they end, but there just might be a few new beginnings, too."--Jacket flap.

O'Neill, Katie (Cartoonist), author, illustrator.
J GN FICTION ONE
After discovering a lost Tea Dragon in the marketplace, apprentice blacksmith Greta learns about the dying art form of Tea Dragon caretaking from the kind tea shop owners.

Pancholy, Maulik, 1974- author.
J FICTION PAN
Twelve-year-old Rahul Kapoor, an Indian-American boy growing up in small-town Indiana, struggles to come to terms with his identity, including that he may be gay.

Peck, Richard, 1934- author.
J FICTION PEC
"Archer has four important role models in his life--his dad, his grandfather, his uncle Paul, and his favorite teacher, Mr. McLeod. When Uncle Paul and Mr. McLeod get married, Archer's sixth-grade year becomes one he'll never forget."-- Provided by publisher.

Petro-Roy, Jen, author.
J FICTION PET
Forbidden to contact her pregnant sister after her strict Catholic parents send her to stay with a great-aunt, Evie secretly sends her letters, writing about their family, her life, and the new girl in school, June, who may be more than a friend.

Pohlen, Jerome, author.
J 323.3 POH
"Who transformed George Washington's demoralized troops at Valley Forge into a fighting force that defeated an empire? Who cracked Germany's Enigma code and shortened World War II? Who successfully lobbied the US Congress to outlaw child labor? And who organized the 1963 March on Washington? Ls, Gs, Bs, and Ts, that's who ... This up-to-date history includes the landmark Supreme Court decision making marriage equality the law of the land. Twenty-one activities enliven the history and demonstrate the spirited ways the LGBT community has pushed for positive social change."--Provided by publisher.

Polacco, Patricia.
J PIC+ POL
Three young children experience the joys and challenges of being raised by two mothers.

Salazar, Aida, author.
J FICTION SAL
Eleven-year-old (nearly twelve) Celi Rivera, who is a mix of Black-Puerto Rican-Mexican Indian is uncomfortable about her approaching period, and the changes that are happening to her body; she is horrified that her mother wants to hold a traditional public moon ceremony to celebrate the occasion--until she finds out that her best friend Magda is contemplating an even more profound change of life.

Sanders, Rob, 1958- author.
J BIO MILK
Traces the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today's world.

Sloan, Holly Goldberg, 1958- author.
J FICTION SLO
Unhappy about being sent to the same summer camp after their fathers start dating, Bett and Avery, two girls, age eleven, eventually begin scheming to get the couple back together after a break-up. Told entirely through letters, emails and text messages.

Stead, Rebecca, author.
J FICTION STE
Despite her parents' divorce, her father's coming out as gay, and his plans to marry his boyfriend, ten-year-old Bea is reassured by her parents' unconditional love, excited about getting a stepsister, and haunted by something she did last summer at her father's lake house.

Tamaki, Mariko, author.
J FICTION TAM
"Welcome to Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. The five scouts of Roanoke cabin--Jo, April, Molly, Mal, and Ripley--love their summers at camp. They get to hang out with their best friends, earn Lumberjane scout badges, annoy their no-nonsense counselor Jen. and go on supernatural adventures. That last one? A pretty normal occurrence at Miss Qiunzella's, where the woods contain endless mysteries. Today is no exception. When challenge-loving April leads the girls on a hike up the tallest mountain they've ever seen, things don't go quite as planned. For one, they didn't expect to trespass into the lands of the ancient Cloud People, and did anyone happen to read those ominous signs some unknown person posted at the bottom of the mountain? Also, unicorns"-- Provided by publisher.

Telgemeier, Raina.
J GN FICTION TEL
Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.

Thom, Kai Cheng, author.
J PIC+ THO
"A magical gender variant child brings transformation and change to the world around them thanks to their mother's enduring love. In the magical time between night and day, when both the sun and the moon are in the sky, a child is born in a little blue house on a hill. And Miu Lan is not just any child, but one who can change into any shape they can imagine. The only problem is they can't decide what to be: a boy or a girl? A bird or a fish? A flower or a shooting star? At school, though, they must endure inquisitive looks and difficult questions from the other children, and have trouble finding friends who will accept them for who they are. But they find comfort in the loving arms of their mother, who always offers them the same loving refrain: "whatever you dream of / i believe you can be / from the stars in the sky to the fish in the sea." In this captivating, beautifully imagined picture book about gender, identity, and the acceptance of the differences between us, Miu Lan faces many questions about who they are and who they may be. But one thing's for sure: no matter who this child becomes, their mother will love them just the same."--Page 4 of cover.