#RainbowReading for Kids: 30 Books for 30 Days of Pride Month 2017

By Gwen Glazer, Librarian
June 1, 2017

June isn't just Pride Month, it's also GLBT Book Month -- which means we have an opportunity to talk about some of the coolest, sweetest, most innovative books for kids: literature by, for, and about LGBTQ+ families.

We're presenting 30 of our favorite LGBTQ+ books, one for each day of June. We have 30 picks for adults and 30 picks for teens, too.

Major thanks to the expert librarians who assembled these lists: Lauren Bradley, Caitlyn Colman-McGaw, Chelsea Condren, Thomas Knowlton, and Nina Maness.

What are your favorite LGBTQ+ books for kids? Let us know in the comments.

  1. The Boy and the Bindi by Vivek Shraya

  2. A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara

  3. Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite

  4. Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman

  5. Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino

  6. Stella Brings the Family by Miriam Baker Schiffer

  7. King and King by Linda de Haan & Stern Nijland

  8. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings

  9. This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman

  10. Worm Loves Worm by J. J. Austrian

  11. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

  12. George by Alex Gino

  13. Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle

  14. The Boy in the Dress by  David Walliams

  15. Drama by Raina Telgemeier

  16. Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart

  17. Princeless by Jeremy Whitley

  18. Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee

  19. Totally Joe by James Howe

  20. Gertrude Is Gertrude Is Gertrude by Jonah Winter

  21. Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers

  22. 10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert

  23. Flying Lessons and Other Stories, ed. by Ellen Oh

  24. The Best Man by Richard Peck

  25. Antonio’s Card by Rigoberto González

  26. Hit the Road, Manny by Christian Burch

  27. My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer by Jennifer Gennari

  28. The Family Book by Todd Parr

  29. The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister by Charlotte Agell

  30. Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne Lang & Max Lang


Have trouble reading standard print? Many of these titles are available in formats for patrons with print disabilities.

Staff picks are chosen by NYPL staff members and are not intended to be comprehensive lists. We'd love to hear your ideas too, so leave a comment and tell us what you’d recommend. And check out our Staff Picks browse tool for more recommendations!