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What to Read This Pride Month

Hayley Morgenstern

Hayley Morgenstern

Hayley Morgenstern is a youth services librarian based at Norman Mayer Library specializing in queer and feminist children’s books.

June is Pride Month! There are tons of developmentally appropriate and fun books to celebrate Pride with kids and share information about the LGBTQIA community. Below are some of my favorites, from picture books to chapter books for older readers, to help get you started: 

Picture Books

Chapter Books

Non-Fiction

  • When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff 
  • Bathe the Cat by Alice McGinty 
  • Twas the Night Before Pride by Joanna McClintick 
  • Mommy and Mama and Me in the Middle by Nina LaCour 
  • Calvin by JR and Vanessa Ford 
  • My Rainbow by Trinity and Deshanna Neal 
  • Mr. Watson’s Chickens by Jarriet Drapier
  • The Rainbow Parade by Emily Neilson 
  • Bodies Are Cool by Tyler Feder
  • Pride Puppy by Robin Stevenson  
  • What Are Your Words: A Book About Pronouns by Katherine Locke and Anne Passchier 
  • Maiden and Princess by Daniel Haack and Isabel Galupo
  • From Archie to Zack by Vincent X. Kirsch
  • Love, Violet by Charlotte Sullivan Wild 
  • Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
  • The Insiders by Mark Oshiro 
  • Too Bright To See by Kyle Lukoff  
  • Both Can Be True by Jules Machais 
  • Frankie and Bug by Gayle Forman
  • Thanks a Lot Universe by Chad Lucas
  • King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callendar 
  • Snapdragon by Kat Leyh 
  • The Tea Dragon series by K. O’Neill 
  • The Girl from the Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag  
  • The Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in the Streets by Gayle Pitman 
  • The Deep and Dark Blue by Nikki Smith
  • Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution by Rob Sanders
  • Sharice’s Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman by Sharice Davids and Nancy C. Mays 
  • It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity by Theresa Thorn  
  • The Fighting Infantryman: The Story of Albert D. J. Cashier, Transgender Civil War Soldier by Rob Sanders  
  • Were I Not A Girl: The Inspiring and True Story of Dr. James Barry by Lisa Robinson 
  • Sewing the Rainbow by  Gayle Pitman  
  • Drawing on Walls: A Story of Keith Haring by Matthew Burgess  
  • Two Grooms on a Cake: The Story of America’s First Gay Wedding by Rob Sanders 
  • The Every Body Book: LGBTQ+ Inclusive Guide for Kids about Sex, Gender, Bodies, and Families by Rachel E. Simon  

These are just a small sampling of the Library’s many books, movies, and more that celebrate the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

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