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LGBTQ+ Black, Indigenous and People of Color in Children's Literature

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The right book at the right time can help boost self-esteem and grow empathy for others. In the past few years, mainstream publishers have started to release more kids' books with LGBTQ+ themes. But when it comes to LGBTQ+ characters who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, there's still lots of room to grow. Below are many of the titles currently available.

Those marked with a ✪ have an author or illustrator who is Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color.  

Looking for more resources and recommendations? Visit kids.denverlibrary.org/lgbtq.

Hurricane Child ✪
Callender, Kacen author.
Born on Water Island in the Virgin Islands during a hurricane, which is considered bad luck, twelve-year-old Caroline falls in love with another girl--and together they set out in a hurricane to find Caroline's missing mother.
King And The Dragonflies ✪
Callender, Kacen, author.
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.
Sharice's Big Voice : A Native Kid Becomes A Congresswoman ✪
Davids, Sharice, author.
This inspiring picture book autobiography tells the remarkable story of Sharice Davids, one of the first Native American women elected to Congress and the first openly LGBTQ congressperson to represent Kansas.
Mama And Mommy And Me In The Middle ✪
LaCour, Nina, author.
When her mother goes on a business trip, a little girl, who loves to sit between Mama and Mommy at the table, misses her a lot and feels empty until Mommy finally comes home, filling the void with love.
Julián Is A Mermaid
Love, Jessica, author, illustrator.
While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up.
Julián At The Wedding
Love, Jessica, author.
Julián and his abuela are going to a wedding. Better yet, Julián is in the wedding. Weddings have flowers and kissing and dancing and cake. And this wedding also has a new friend named Marisol.
Thanks A Lot, Universe ✪
Lucas, Chad, author.
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.
When Aidan Became A Brother ✪
Lukoff, Kyle, author.
Aidan, a transgender boy, experiences complicated emotions as he and his parents prepare for the arrival of a new baby.
Cuando Amamos Cantamos = When We Love Someone We Sing To Them ✪
Martínez, Ernesto Javier, author.
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.
The Best At It ✪
Pancholy, Maulik, 1974- author.
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.
The Street Belongs To Us ✪
Pendleton Jiménez, Karleen, 1971- author.
A sweet middle-grade chapter book about two best friends who transform their torn-up street into a world where imaginations can run wild.
The Boy & The Bindi ✪
Shraya, Vivek, 1981- author.
A playful story about a young boy's fascination with the dot on his mother's forehead.
From The Stars In The Sky To The Fish In The Sea ✪
Thom, Kai Cheng, author.
A magical gender variant child brings transformation and change to the world around them thanks to their mother's enduring love.

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