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Children's Fiction & Nonfiction for LGBT Pride Month

June is LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Pride Month. Join family members of all ages as they share stories and information about families, individuals, challenges and accomplishments.

In addition, see our booklist of Picture Books for the Very Young.

Find more reading suggestions at Books & More.

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No Castles Here by A. C. E. Bauer

Eleven-year-old Augie Boretski dreams of escaping his run-down Camden, New Jersey, neighborhood, but things start to turn around with help from a gay Big Brother, a music teacher, and a mysterious bookstore owner.

Grades 4-6, Fiction

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The Manny Files by Christian Burch

A shy young boy learns how to be more outgoing and self-confident from his male nanny.

Grades 4-7, Fiction

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Hit the Road Manny by Christian Burch

As the Dalinger family travels across America in a recreational vehicle, Keats grows more accepting of the attention-getting behavior of their “manny” – male nanny.

Grades 4-7, Fiction

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The Skull of Truth by Bruce Coville

Charlie, a sixth-grader with a compulsion to tell lies, acquires a mysterious skull that forces its owner to tell only the truth. In a subplot, his closeted uncle is impacted.

Grades 4-6, Fiction

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Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle

An 8th grader who dreams of performing in a Broadway musical concocts a plan to run away to New York and audition for the role of Elliot in the musical version of “E.T.”

Grade 4-8, Fiction

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Molly's Family by Nancy Garden

When Molly draws a picture of her family for Open School Night, one of her classmates makes her feel bad because she says she cannot have a mommy and a momma.

Grade K-4, Fiction

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The Misfits by James Howe

Four students who do not fit in at their small-town middle school decide to create a third party for the student council elections to represent all students who have ever been called names.

Grades 5-8, Fiction

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Totally Joe by James Howe

As a school assignment, a 13 year old boy writes an autobiography, Life from A to Z, and explores issues of friendship, family, school, and the challenges of being a gay teenager.

Grades 5-9, Fiction

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Luv Ya Bunches by Lauren Myracle

Four friends – each named after a flower – navigates the ups and down of fifth grade. One of the girls has two moms.

Grades 4-6, Fiction

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Alice on the Outside by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Eighth-grader Alice has lots of questions about sex, relationships, prejudice, and change, especially when a new friend comes out and expresses interest in her.

Grades 5-8, Fiction

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Antonio’s Card = La Tarjeta de Antonio by Rigoberto González

With Mother’s Day coming, Antonio finds he has to decide about what is important to him when his classmates make fun of the unusual appearance of his mother’s partner, Leslie.

Grades 2-4, English/Spanish Fiction

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My Princess Boy: A Mom’s Story about a Young Boy Who Loves to Dress Up by Cheryl Kilodavis

A 4 year old boy loves to dress up in princess clothing. A nonfiction picture book about acceptance for children and adults.

Children's Nonfiction

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Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew of a middle school production as various relationships start and end.

Grades 5-8, Graphic Novel

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The Harvey Milk Story by Kari Krakow

Recounts the story of gay rights activist Harvey Milk, the first gay person elected to any office in the United States.

Grades 3 and up, Biography

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Andy Warhol: Pop Art Painter by Susan Goldman Rubin

Presents the life and career of the American artist, from his early work as a fashion illustrator to his iconic status as one of the leading painters of the Pop Art movement.

Grades 3-7, Biography