Representation matters, especially in children's books.
This June, we’re encouraging readers of all ages to #ReadWithPride in honor of Pride Month. While we're excited to celebrate, we can't do so without acknowledging that Pride began with the Stonewall Riots. As we watch protests continue throughout the country, we ask that as we celebrate Pride, we also uplift the voices of the Black community.
Check out these 12 essential stories that we’ll be reading which feature LGBTQIA+ characters and experiences:
King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender
In a small but turbulent Louisiana town, one boy's grief takes him beyond the bayous of his backyard, to learn that there is no right way to be yourself. New from the author of Hurricane Child.
You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson
When the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz's plans come crashing down…until she's reminded of her school's scholarship for prom king and queen. Despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she's willing to do whatever it takes to get to her dream school. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams…or make them come true?
Rick by Alex Gino
New from the award-winning author of George comes the story of a boy named Rick who explores what it means to search for your own place in the world and all the steps you and the people around you need to take in order to get where you need to be.
The Moon Within by Aida Salazar
A dazzling story of a girl navigating friendship, family, and growing up. An Are You There God, It's Me Margaret? for the modern day.
The Midwinter Witch by Molly Knox Ostertag
The acclaimed world of The Witch Boy and The Hidden Witch comes to a thrilling conclusion in a new graphic novel adventure about magic, family, and finding your true power.
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. A sweet and charming coming-of-age graphic novel that explores friendship, love, and coming out.
Where We Go From Here by Lucas Rocha
An absorbing debut novel about three gay friends in Brazil whose lives become intertwined in the face of HIV. This story brings attention to how far we've come with HIV, while shining a harsh light on just how far we have yet to go.
Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor
A queer #ownvoices science-fantasy novel where uneasy allies discover the most dangerous secret of all and must work together despite their differences to put an end to a deadly epidemic.
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
A timely and achingly honest portrait of what it's like to grow up feeling unwelcome in your own culture and proves that love, above all else, has the power to change the world.
The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg
A story about two teens falling in love over a summer that throws everything possible to keep them apart.
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they're thrown out of their house and their whole world is upended. At turns heartbreaking and joyous, this story is both a celebration of life, friendship, and love, and a shining example of hope in the face of adversity.
I Felt A Funeral, In My Brain by Will Walton
An astonishing novel in verse about navigating death and navigating life, at a time when the only map you have is the one you can draw for yourself.