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Kids' Books About LGBTQ+ Crushes

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These gentle stories introduce LGBTQ+ characters experiencing a crush. From princesses in a faraway kingdom to middle schoolers who bond over a shared love of roller coasters, these endearing stories will stay with you long after you put down the book.

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Almost Flying
Jake Maia Arlow
Would-be amusement park aficionado Dalia only has two items on her summer bucket list: (1) finally ride a roller coaster and (2) figure out how to make a new best friend. But what happens when she discovers she might have more-than-friend feelings?
Drum Roll, Please
Lisa Jenn Bigelow
Unexpectedly enjoying her membership in a band she was talked into joining, drummer Melly embarks on what she believes will be a rocking summer at camp only to find everything upended by her parents' separation, her best friend's estrangement, her crush on a fellow camper and her doubts about her performance readiness.
Hazel Bly And The Deep Blue Sea
Ashley Herring Blake
For two years, twelve-year-old Hazel has coped with her Mum's accidental death by overprotecting her sister and Mama, but when Mama reconnects with her first love, roles begin to shift.
Ivy Aberdeen's Letter To The World
Ashley Herring Blake
Twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen's house is destroyed in a tornado, and in the aftermath of the storm, she begins to develop feelings for another girl at school.
The Mighty Heart Of Sunny St. James
Ashley Herring Blake
Twelve-year-old Sunny St. James must navigate heart surgery, reconnections with a lost mother, the betrayal of a former best friend, first kisses, and emerging feelings for another girl.
King And The Dragonflies
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.
Star-crossed
Barbara Dee
When Mattie is cast as Romeo in an eighth-grade play, she is confused to find herself increasingly attracted to Gemma, a new classmate who is playing Juliet.
Maiden & Princess
Daniel Haack
When a maiden reluctantly attends a ball for her friend, the prince, everyone considers her his perfect match until she surprises them--and herself--by finding true love with someone else.
The Breakaways
Johnson, Cathy G., author, artist.
When a popular student encourages her to join the soccer team, Faith signs up even though she has never played the game and learns about loyalty and friendship.
From Archie To Zack
Vincent X. Kirsch
Archie and Zack are inseparable, both in elementary school and outside it, but Archie is having trouble telling Zack about his love, so he writes a letter, from A. to Z.; in fact he writes a lot of letters, but they do not sound right so he hides them--and though his other friends, Zelda, Zinnia, and Zuzella, find the letters, they all understand who the letters are really for.
Thanks A Lot, Universe
Chad Lucas
When his anxiety spirals into panic attacks after being placed in foster care, an increasingly desperate Brian is offered shy assistance by a basketball teammate Ezra, who is concealing a secret crush.
Different Kinds Of Fruit
Lukoff, Kyle, author.
When Annabelle learns that her father shares something big--and surprising--in common with her new nonbinary friend, she begins to see herself, and her family, in a whole new light.
Both Can Be True
Machias, Jules, author.
Daniel and Ash cross paths when a pomeranian is about to be euthanized; the sensitive Dan rescues the dog and Ash offers to help on a day when they are female-presenting. As the friendship grows, Ash feels less and less able to be their full self -- sometimes male and sometimes female -- in front of Dan without knowing that both people find themselves constantly at war with their non-conforming identities.
Princess Princess. Ever After
Kay O'Neill
When the heroic princess Amira rescues the kind-hearted princess Sadie from her tower prison, the two band together to defeat a jealous sorceress with a dire grudge against Sadie.
The Best At It
Maulik Pancholy
Twelve-year-old Rahul Kapoor, an Indian-American boy growing up in small-town Indiana, struggles to come to terms with his identity, including that he may be gay.
Spin With Me
Ami Polonsky
Told in two voices, seventh-graders Essie, in North Carolina for just one semester, and Ollie, a non-binary, "gender weird" classmate, develop a gentle romance while Essie ponders her label.
Jerome By Heart
Thomas Scotto
A young boy expresses his love for his friend Jerome,
Love, Violet
Charlotte Sullivan Wild
Shy Violet attempts to show another girl how she feels on Valentine's Day.

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