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Collage of cover images of the books "King and the Dragonflies," "When Aidan Became a Big Brother," and "The Boy and the Bindi."

Queer and Trans People of Color in KidLit

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! 

Books featured below that are authored or illustrated by queer and trans people of color are marked with ✪

Book cover showing half the face of a boy with medium brown skin and dark hair on a background of greenery and a dragonfly.

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."

Picture book cover featuring a brown-skinned mother, child, and father gathered joyfully..

When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita ✪

"Aidan, a transgender boy, experiences complicated emotions as he and his parents prepare for the arrival of a new baby

Picture of a young boy with light brown skin holding a guitar next to a fair-skinned adult

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."

Picture book cover showing a boy with brown skin and dark hair wearing flowers in his hair and a bindi on his forehead.

The Boy and the Bindi by Vivek Shraya ✪

"A playful story...about a young boy's fascination with the dot on his mother's forehead"

Picture book cover showing a child wearing a swirling pink, blue, and purple cloak..

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"

Picture book cover of a child with brown-skin dressed up as a mermaid using household items

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?"