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LGBTQ Lives in Selected Children's
and Young Adult Books

© 2009 Cooperative Children's Book Center; updated annually

This bibliography was designed to provide librarians, teachers, parents and others with suggested books for children and teens that provide information about or reflect the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (GLBTQ) youth and gay- or lesbian-parented families.

The books in the bibliography are divided into four broad categories, most of which are divided by format (non-fiction, picture books, fiction):

• General Books about Gay Issues
• Families with Gay and Lesbian Parents*
• GLBTQ Children and Teens
• Sex and Gender Identity/Gender Nonconformity

*This category includes books that reflect gay and lesbian family life, and books that reflect family differences in general and may resonate more deeply with children who live in gay- or lesbian-parented families. It also includes books that aren't specifically about gay- or lesbian-parented families but featuring characters and situations that are open to interpretation.

Interested in additional titles? Check out the annual Rainbow List, created by the American Library Association's Rainbow Project.


Click on underlined book titles to see the CCBC review of the book, and/or the cover image.
Complete list of CCBC bibliographies


General Books about GLBTQ Issues: Non-Fiction

    Alsenas, Linas . Gay America: Struggle for Equality. Amulet, 2008. 160 pages. Age 12 and older

    Bausum, Ann. Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights. Viking, 2015. 120 pages. Age 13 and older

    Krakow, Kari. The Harvey Milk Story. Illustrated by David Gardner. Two Lives Publishing, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 6 - 10

    Levithan, David and Billy Merrill, editors . Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing About Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities. Alfred A. Knopf, 2006. 272 pages. Ages 13 and older

    Marcus, Eric. What If Someone I Know Is Gay? Answers to Questions About What It Means to be Gay or Lesbian. Simon Pulse, 2007. 183 pages. Ages 12 and older

    Winick, Judd. Pedro and Me: Friendship. Loss, and What I Learned. Henry Holt, 2000. 187 pages. Ages 12 - 18


General Books about GLBTQ Issues: Fiction

    Brothers, Meagan. Debbie Harry Sings in French. Henry Holt, 2008. 240 pages. Ages 13 and up

    Trueman, Terry. 7 Days at the Hot Corner. HarperTempest / HarperCollins, 2007. 150 pages. Ages 12 and older


Families with Gay and Lesbian Parents or Other Adult Relatives: Non-Fiction

    Combs, Bobbie. 1, 2, 3: A Family Counting Book. Illustrated by Danamarie Hosler. Two Lives, 2001. 29 pages. Ages 2-5

    Combs, Bobbie . ABC: A Family Alphabet Book. Illustrated by Desiree Keane and Brian Rappa. Two Lives, 2001. 32 pages. Ages 2-5

    Jenness, Aylette. Families: A Celebration of Diversity, Commitment, and Love. Houghton Mifflin, 1990. 48 pages. Ages 5-12

    Kuklin, Susan. Families. Hyperion, 2005. 36 pages. Ages 7-11


Families with Gay and Lesbian Parents or Other Adult Relatives: Picture Books

    Brannen, Sarah S. . Uncle Bobby's Wedding. Putnam, 2008. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

    Caines, Jeannette. Just Us Women. Illustrated by Pat Cummings. Harper, 1982. 32 pages. Ages 4-6

    De Veaux, Alexiz. An Enchanted Hair Tale. Illustrated by Cheryl Hanna. Harper & Row, 1987. 40 pages. Ages 5 - 10

    DeHaan, Linda. King & King. Illustrated by Stern Nijland. Tricycle Press, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 5-7

    DeHaan, Linda. King & King & Family. Illustrated by Stern Nijland. Tricycle Press, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

    Fogliano, Julie. Old Dog Baby Baby. Illustrated by Chris Raschka. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2016. 32 pages. Ages 2-4

    Garden, Nancy. Molly's Family. Illustrated by Sharon Wooding. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

    Lambert, Megan Dowd. Real Sisters Pretend. Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell. Tilbury House, 2016. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

    Levine, Arthur A. Monday Is One Day. Illustrated by Julian Hector. Scholastic Press, 2011. 28 pages. Ages 2-4

    Lindenbaum, Pija. Mini Mia and Her Darling Uncle. Translated by Elisabeth Kallick Dyssegaard. U.S. edition: R&S Books, 2007. 40 pages. Ages 3-6

    Newman, Lesléa. Daddy, Papa, and Me. Illustrated by Carol Thompson. Tricycle Press, 2009. 16 pages. Ages birth - 3

    Newman, Lesléa. Mommy, Mama, and Me. Illustrated by Carol Thompson. Tricycle Press, 2009. 16 pages. Ages birth - 3

    Newman, Lesléa. Heather Has Two Mommies (new edition). Illustrated by Laura Cornell. Candlewick Press, 2015. 32 pages. Ages 3–6

    Oelschlager, Vanita. A Tale of Two Daddies. Illustrated by Kristin Blackwood and Mike Blanc. VanitaBooks, 2010. 40 pages. Ages 3 - 8

    Polacco, Patricia. In Our Mothers' House. Philomel, 2009. 48 pages. Ages 6-10

    Richardson, Justin and Peter Parnell . And Tango Makes Three. Illustrated by Henry Cole. Simon & Schuster, 2005. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

    Warhola, James. Uncle Andy's: A Faabbbulous Visit with Andy Warhol. Putnam, 2003. 32 pages. Ages 6-10

    Williams, Vera B. . Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe. Greenwillow, 1981. 32 pages. Ages 4-9

    Williams, Vera B.. Home at Last. Illustrated by Vera B. Williams and Chris Raschka. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2016. Ages 6-10


Families with Gay and Lesbian Parents or Other Adult Relatives: Fiction

    Freymann-Weyr, Garret. My Heartbeat. Houghton Mifflin, 2002. 154 pages. Ages 13 and up

    Ignatow, Amy. The Popularity Papers:
    Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang
    . Abrams, 2010. 204 pages. Ages 8-11


    Levy, Dana Alison. The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher. Delacorte, 2014. 260 pages. Ages 7-10

    Levy, Dana Alison. The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island. Delacorte Press, 2016. 259 pages. Ages 7-10

    Peters, Julie Anne. Between Mom and Jo. Little, Brown, 2006. 232 pages. Ages 13 and up

    Woodson, Jacqueline. After Tupac and D Foster. Putnam, 2008. 153 pages. Ages 10-14

    Woodson, Jacqueline. From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun. Blue Sky/Scholastic, 1995. 141 pages. Ages 11 - 15


GLBTQ Children and Teens: Non-Fiction

    Andrews, Arin and Joshua Lyon . Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen. Simon & Schuster, 2014. 248 pages. Ages 12 and Older

    Kuklin, Susan. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out. Candlewick Press, 2014. 182 pages. Age 12 and older

    Thrash, Maggie. Honor Girl. Candlewick Press, 2015. 267 pages. Age 13 and older


GLBTQ Children and Teens: Fiction

    Bantle, Lee. David Inside Out. Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt, 2009. 184 pages. Ages 15 and older

    Beam, Cris. I Am J. Little, Brown, 2011. 326 pages. Age 13 and older

    Block, Francesca Lia. Weetzie Bat. Charlotte Zolotow Book/Harper & Row, 1989. 88 pages. Ages 13 and older

    Bray, Libba. Beauty Queens. Scholastic Press, 2011. 396 pages. Age 13 and older

    Brooks, Kevin. Black Rabbit Summer. U.S. edition: The Chicken House / Scholastic, 2008. 488 pages. Age 13 and older

    Buckell, editor, Tobias S. and Joe Monti, editor . Diverse Energies. Tu Books, 2012. 314 pages. Age 12 and older

    Cameron, Peter. Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You. Frances Foster Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007. 229 pages. Ages 14 and up

    Cart, Michael. How Beautiful the Ordinary. HarperTeen / HarperCollins, 2009. 350 pages. Ages 15 and older

    Carter, Timothy. Evil?. Flux, 2009. 264 pages. Ages 14 and older

    Cohn, Rachel and David Levithan . Naomi and Ely's No-Kiss List. Alfred A. Knopf, 2007. 230 pages. Ages 14 and older

    Danforth, Emily M. . The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins, 2012. 470 pages. Age 14 and older

    Dole, Mayra Lazara. Down to the Bone. HarperTeen / HarperCollins, 2008. 367 pages. Age 14 and older

    Downham, Jenny. Unbecoming. David Fickling Books / Scholastic, 2016. 375 pages. Age 14 and older

    Farizan, Sara. Tell Me Again How a Crush Should feel. Algonquin, 2014. 296 pages. Ages 13 and Older

    Farizan, Sara. If You Could Be Mine. Algonquin, 2013. 248 pages. Age 13 and older

    Federle, Tim. Five, Six, Seven, Nate!. Simon & Schuster, 2014. 293 pages. Ages 8-11

    Felin, M. Sindy . Touching Snow. Atheneum, 2007. 234 pages. Ages 13 and up

    Garden, Nancy. Annie on My Mind. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1981. 234 pages. Ages 12-15

    Garden, Nancy. Hear Us Out! Lesbian and Gay Stories of Struggle, Progress and Hope, 1950 to the Present. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007. 227 pages. Age 12 and older

    Garvin, Jeff. Symptoms of Being Human. Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins, 2016. 335 pages. Age 14 and older

    George, Madeleine. The Difference Between You and Me. Viking, 2012. 256 pages. Age 12 and older

    Girard, M-E. Girl Mans Up. HarperTeen, 2016. 373 pages. Age 14 and older

    Goldman, Steven. Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about the Grapes of Wrath. Bloomsbury, 2008. 307 pages. Age 14 and older

    Goode, Laura. Sister Mischief. Candlewick Press, 2011. 367 pages. Age 14 and older

    Green, John and David Levithan . Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Penguin, 2010. 304 pages. Age 14 and older

    Griffin, Molly Beth. Silhouette of a Sparrow. Milkweed Editions, 2012. 189 pages. Age 13 and older

    Hartinger, Brent. Geography Club. HarperCollins, 2003. 226 pages. Ages 13 and up

    Hartinger, Brent. The Order of the Poison Oak. HarperTempest, 2005. 211 pages. Ages 12-18

    Hartinger, Brent . Split Screen. HarperTempest / HarperCollins, 2007. 288 pages. Ages 12-16

    Hegamin, Tonya Cheri. M+O 4evr. Houghton Mifflin, 2008. 165 pages. Age 14 and older

    Howe, James . Totally Joe. Ginee Seo Books / Atheneum, 2005. 189 pages. Ages 10-14

    Hurwin, Davida Wills. Freaks and Revelations. Little, Brown, 2009. 234 pages. Ages 14 and older

    Hutchinson, Shaun David. We Are the Ants. Simon Pulse, 2016. 451 pages. Age 14 and older

    King, A. S. . Ask the Passengers. Little, Brown, 2012. 292 pages. Age 13 and older

    Kluger, Steve. My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park. Dial, 2008. 416 pages.

    Knowles, Jo. See You at Harry's. Candlewick Press, 2012. 310 pages. Ages 11-14

    Kokie, E. M. . Personal Effects. Candlewick Press, 2012. 341 pages. Age 14 and older

    Kokie, E. M.. Radical. Candlewick Press, 2016. 437 pages. Age 14 and older

    Konigsberg, Bill. The Porcupine of Truth. Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic, 2015. 325 pages. Age 14 and older

    Konigsberg, Bill. Openly Straight. Arthur A. Levine Books, 2013. 320 pages. Age 14 and older

    Konigsberg, Bill. Out of the Pocket. Dutton, 2008. 264 pages. Age 13 and older

    LaRochelle, David. Absolutely, Positively, Not . . .. Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic Press, 2005. 224 pages. Ages 12 and older

    Levithan, David. Boy Meets Boy. Alfred A. Knopf, 2003. 185 pages. Ages 12 - 15

    Levithan, David. How They Met and Other Stories. Knopf, 2008. 244 pages. Age 13 and older

    Lo, Malindo. Ash. Little, Brown, 2009. 264 pages. Ages 13 and older

    Magoon, Kekla. 37 Things I Love (in No Particular Order). Henry Holt, 2012. 224 pages. Age 12 and older

    Malloy, Brian. Twelve Long Months. Scholastic, 2007. 320 pages. Ages 14-18

    McLemore, Anna-Marie. When the Moon Was Ours. Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin's Griffin, 2016. 273 pages pages. Age 14 and older

    Medina, Nico. The Straight Road to Kylie. Simon Pulse, 2007. 320 pages. Ages 14-18

    Newman, Lesléa. October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard. Candlewick Press, 2012. 128 pages. Age 13 and older

    Peck, Dale. Sprout. Bloomsbury, 2009. 277 pages. Ages 13 and older

    Peters, Julie Ann. Far From Xanadu. Megan Tingley Books / Little, Brown, 2005. 282 pages. Ages 13-17

    Peters, Julie Ann. grl2grl: Short Fictions. Megan Tingley Books / Little, Brown, 2007. 151 pages. Ages 14 and up

    Peters, Julie Anne. Keeping You a Secret. A Megan Tingley Book / Little, Brown, 2003. 250 pages. Ages 14 - 16

    Peters, Julie Anne. Luna. Megan Tingley Books / Little Brown, 2004. 247 pages. Ages 14-17

    Polonsky, Ami. Gracefully Grayson. Disney Hyperion, 2014. 243 pages. Ages 10-13

    Rowell, Rainbow. Carry On. St. Martin's Griffin, 2015. 528 pages. Age 12 and older

    Ruditis, Paul . The Four Dorothys. Simon Pulse, 2007. 243 pages. Ages 12-16

    Ryan, P.E.. Saints of Augustine. HarperTeen / HarperCollins, 2007. 308 pages. Ages 14 and up

    Sáenz, Benjamin Alire. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Simon & Schuster, 2012. 359 pages pages. Age 14 and older

    Sanchez, Alex . So Hard To Say. Simon & Schuster, 2004. 230 pages. Ages 12-15

    Schmatz, Pat. Lizard Radio. Candlewick Press, 2015. 280 pages. Age 13 and older

    Silvera, Adam. More Happy Than Not. Soho Teen / Soho Press, 2015. 295 pages. Age 14 and older

    Smith, Andrew. Grasshopper Jungle. Dutton, 2014. 388 pages. 14 and older

    St. James, James. Freak Show. Dutton, 2007. 298 pages. Age 13 and older

    Tamaki, Mariko . Skim. Illustrated by Jillian Tamaki. Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press, 2008. 141 pages. 14 and up

    Trueman, Terry. 7 Days at the Hot Corner. HarperTempest / HarperCollins, 2007. 150 pages. Ages 12 and older

    van Dijk, Lutz. Damned Strong Love: The True Story of Willi G. and Stefan K.: A Novel. Translated by Elizabeth D. Crawford, from the German. U.S. edition: Henry Holt, 1995. 138 pages. Ages 14-18

    Whaley, John Corey. Highly Illogical Behavior. Dial, 2016. 249 pages. Age 14 and older

    Wilson, Martin. What They Always Tell Us. Delacorte Press, 2008. 293 pages. Age 14 and older

    Wittlinger, Ellen. Love & Lies: Marisol's Story. Simon & Schuster, 2008. 256 pages. Age 14 and older

    Wittlinger, Ellen. Parrotfish. Simon & Schuster, 2007. 294 pages. Ages 14 and up

    Wolff, Virginia Euwer. True Believer. Atheneum, 2001. 264 pages. Ages 13 - 16

    Wyeth, Sharon Dennis. Orphea Proud. Delacorte Press, 2004. 208 pages. Ages 14-17


Sex and Gender Identity/Gender Nonconformity

    Baldacchino, Christine. Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress . Illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant. A Groundwood Book / House of Anansi Press, 2014. 32 pages. Ages 3-8

    Cassidy, Sara. A Boy Named Queen. Groundwood, 2016. 77 pages. Ages 7-10

    DePaola, Tomie. Oliver Button Is A Sissy. Harcourt, 1979. 48 pages.

    DiPucchio, Kelly . Gaston. Illustrated by Christian Robinson. Atheneum, 2014. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

    Fierstein, Harvey. The Sissy Duckling. Illustrated by Henry Cole. Simon & Schuster, 2002. 40 pages. Ages 5-7

    Gino, Alex. George. Scholastic Press, 2015. 240 pages. Ages 8-11

    Harris, Robie. It's So Amazing! A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families. Illustrated by Michael Emberly. Candlewick, 1999. 81 pages. Ages 7-10

    Harris, Robie. It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex & Sexual Health. Illustrated by Michael Emberley. Candlewick, 1994. 89 pages. Ages 9-12

    Hashimi, Nadia. One Half from the East. HarperCollins, 2016. 272 pages. Ages 9-13

    Herthel, Jessica and Jazz Jennings . I Am Jazz. Illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas. Dial, 2014. 24 pages. Ages 3-9

    Hoffman, Sarah and Ian Hoffman . Jacob's New Dress. Illustrated by Chris Case. Albert Whitman, 2014. 32 pages. Ages 3-8

    Huser, Glen. Stitches. Groundwood / Douglas & McIntyre, 2003. 198 pages. Ages 12 - 15

    Kilodavis, Cheryl. My Princess Boy. Illustrated by Suzanne DeSimone. Simon & Schuster, 2011. 36 pages. Ages 3-7

    Mike, Nadia. Leah's Mustache Party. Illustrated by Charlene Chua. Inhabit Media, 2016. 26 pages. Ages 3-7

    Silverberg, Cory. Sex Is a Funny Word: A Book About Bodies, Feelings, and YOU. Illustrated by Fiona Smyth. Seven Stories Press, 2015. 159 pages. Ages 8-13

    Walliams, David. The Boy in the Dress. Illustrated by Quentin Blake. U.S. edition: Razorbill, 2009. 240 pages. Ages 9 - 13



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