6 Audiobooks to Listen With Pride

Zakiya Jamal  //  Jun 9, 2021

6 Audiobooks to Listen With Pride

June is Pride Month and Audiobook Month! To celebrate, we're sharing audiobooks that are written and narrated by members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Check them out below!

George by Alex Gino; Narrated by Jamie Clayton

Scholastic Audiobooks · GEORGE by Alex Gino - Audiobook Excerpt

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, 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. Not just so she can be Charlotte, but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

Rick by Alex Gino; Narrated by the author

Scholastic Audiobooks · Rick by Alex Gino - Audiobook

Rick's never questioned much. He's gone along with his best friend Jeff even when Jeff's acted like a bully and a jerk. He's let his father joke with him about which hot girls he might want to date even though that kind of talk always makes him uncomfortable. And he hasn't given his own identity much thought, because everyone else around him seemed to have figured it out.

But now Rick's gotten to middle school, and new doors are opening. One of them leads to the school's Rainbow Spectrum club, where kids of many genders and identities congregate, including Melissa, the girl who sits in front of Rick in class and seems to have her life together. Rick wants his own life to be that ... understood. Even if it means breaking some old friendships and making some new ones.

The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver; Narrated by Ian Alexander

Scholastic Audiobooks · The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver - Audiobook

Everything happens for a reason.

At least that's what everyone keeps telling Liam Cooper after his older brother Ethan is killed suddenly in a hit-and-run.

Feeling more alone and isolated than ever, Liam has to not only learn to face the world without one of the people he loved the most, but also face the fading relationships of his two best friends in the process.

Soon, Liam finds themself spending time with Ethan's best friend, Marcus, who might just be the only person that seems to know exactly what they're going through-for better and for worse.

The Ghosts We Keep is an achingly honest portrayal of grief. But it is also about why we live. Why we have to keep moving on, and why we should.

A Very, Very Bad Thing by Jeffery Self; Narrated by the author

Scholastic Audiobooks · A VERY, VERY BAD THING by Jeffery Self - Audiobook Excerpt

From the author of Drag Teen, a startling novel about the complexities of identity - and of truth. Marley doesn't just want to be labeled The Gay Kid, but he doesn't have much else going on. He doesn't have any hobbies. Or interests. He's the only kid he knows without a passion . . . until Christopher comes to town. He's smart, cute, gay, and . . . the son of the country's most famous, most bigoted television evangelist. Marley and Christopher immediately spark - and become inseparable. For a month, it's heaven. Then Christopher's parents send him to a Pray Away the Gay program, which leads to even worse things. Hurt and outraged, Marley tells a very big lie - and then has to navigate its repercussions.

Drag Teen by Jeffery Self; Narrated by the author

Scholastic Audiobooks · DRAG TEEN by Jeffery Self - Audiobook Excerpt

A fantastic, fabulous, funny YA debut from Jeffery Self, one of the gay icons of the YouTube generation, that follows one high school student on a drag race to his future.

King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender; Narrated by Ron Butler

Scholastic Audiobooks · King And The Dragonflies by Kacen Callender - Audiobook

Twelve-year-old Kingston James is sure his brother Khalid has turned into a dragonfly. When Khalid unexpectedly passed away, he shed what was his first skin for another to live down by the bayou in their small Louisiana town. Khalid still visits in dreams, and King must keep these secrets to himself as he watches grief transform his family.

It would be easier if King could talk with his best friend, Sandy Sanders. But just days before he died, Khalid told King to end their friendship, after overhearing a secret about Sandy — that he thinks he might be gay. "You don't want anyone to think you're gay too, do you?"

But when Sandy goes missing, sparking a town-wide search, and King finds his former best friend hiding in a tent in his backyard, he agrees to help Sandy escape from his abusive father, and the two begin an adventure as they build their own private paradise down by the bayou and among the dragonflies. As King's friendship with Sandy is reignited, he's forced to confront questions about himself and the reality of his brother's death.