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Gay & Lesbian Books for Young People

Recommended books for children and teens concerning gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning identities. Also some books about nontraditional gender roles. To find more books, including those in the Teen Collection, try a subject search for "gay youth," "lesbian youth," "transsexual youth," or "gay parents" in the library catalog. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Picture Books (JE)


Brannen Uncle Bobby's Wedding
JE de Haan King & King
JE de Haan King & King & Family
Fierstein The Sissy Duckling
Garden Molly's Family
Gonzalez Antonio's Card
Lindenbaum Mini Mia and Her Darling Uncle
Newman Daddy, Papa, and Me    (Board book)
Newman Mommy, Mama, and Me    (Board book)
Okimoto The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption
Polacco In Our Mothers' House
U'Ren Pugdog
Vigna My Two Uncles
Willhoite Daddy's Roommate
Zolotow William's Doll

Junior High Fiction (Y)


Am Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence
Bechard If It Doesn't Kill You
Bildner Playing the Field: A Novel
Burch The Manny Files    (See also Hit the Road, Manny)
Desai Born Confused
Donoghue Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins
Ferris Eight Seconds
Frost Keesha's House
Garden The Year They Burned the Books
Goldman Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film About The Grapes of Wrath
Horner A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend
Howe 13: Thirteen Stories That Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen
Howe Totally Joe    (See also The Misfits)
Jahn-Clough Country Girl, City Girl
Kluger My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, & Fenway Park    (Paperback only)
LaRochelle Absolutely, Positively Not
Limb Girl, (Nearly) 16, Absolute Torture
Lo Ash
Nelson Gender Blender
Peters Between Mom and Jo: A Novel    (Paperback only)
Ruditis The Four Dorothys    (Paperback only; see others in Drama series)
Sanchez So Hard to Say
Sones One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies    (Paperback only; also in Teen Room)
Stevenson Out of Order    (Paperback only)
Taylor The Blue Lawn    (Paperback only)
Trueman 7 Days at the Hot Corner
Volponi Crossing Lines
Withrow Box Girl
Wolff True Believer
Woodson From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun
Woodson The House You Pass on the Way

Nonfiction, Folktales & Poetry


J306.85 Jenness Families: A Celebration of Diversity, Commitment, and Love
J306.85 Kuklin Families
J306.874 Greenberg Zack's Story: Growing Up with Same-Sex Parents
J598.47 Richardson And Tango Makes Three
Y305.9 Alsenas Gay America: Struggle for Equality
Y305.9 Oliver Gay and Lesbian Rights: A Struggle
Y306.874 Snow How It Feels to Have a Gay or Lesbian Parent: A Book by Kids for Kids of All Ages
Y612.6 Basso The Underground Guide to Teenage Sexuality
Y612.6 Harris It's Perfectly Normal: A Book About Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health    (See also It's So Amazing!: A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families)

Last Updated: 4/12

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