Children's books are powerful vessels for developing kids' understanding of both themselves and others in the world. This Pride Month, we're centering stories by queer and trans people of color in solidarity with the ongoing movement for black and brown lives, including the LGBTQIA lives among them.
We also have some new ways to discover books about LGBTQIA characters for young people. Two awards in the kidlit world--the Stonewall and the Rainbow Booklist--raise up excellent titles with queer themes. You can now use the subject terms "Rainbow Book List," "Stonewall Book Award" and "Stonewall Honor" to find these in our online catalog.
Check out an LGBTQIA+ book to share in honor of Pride Month - and any day of the year!
- Children's board books
- Children's picture books
- Children's chapter books and graphic novels
- Children's nonfiction
Books featured below that are authored or illustrated by queer and trans people of color are marked with ✪
King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callendar ✪
"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."
Cuando Amamos Cantamos / When We Love Someone We Sing to Them by Ernesto Javier Martínez, illustrated by Maya Gonzalez, translated by Jorge Gabriel Martínez Feliciano ✪
"A reclamation of the Mexican serenata tradition, follow the story of a young boy who asks his father if there is a song for a boy who loves a boy."
From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea by Kai Cheng Thom, illustrated by Wai-Yant Li and Kai Yun Ching ✪
"A magical gender variant child brings transformation and change to the world around them thanks to their mother's enduring love"
Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
"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?"