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Over 150 LGBTQ+ Books & Resources for Kids & Teens

Introducing kids to diverse people through books and media is incredibly important. LGBTQ+ people are everywhere & it’s important that kids grow up seeing them as normal people. Plus it gives kids the knowledge and vocabulary to understand what it means to be part of the LGBTQ+ community. This is important too because your kids might realize they are part of the LGBTQ+ community as they get older (or even when they are young). These are LGBTQ+ books for kids & teens. You’ll also find resources for teaching LGBTQ+ history, civil rights, and activism.

Research has shown that LGBTQ+ kids benefit from an inclusive environment and education in schools. This should extend to homeschoolers too! If you are homeschooling, you are responsible for giving your children an inclusive education and environment in your home.

Read this: The Straight Parents’ Guide to How Not to Raise a Homophobe – and How to Be a Better Ally

LGBTQ+ students feel safer and more supported with: anti-bullying and anti-discrimination policies, school staff who are trained to stop homophobia and transphobia, gender and sexuality alliances, and an LGBTQ+ inclusive curriculum.

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Use the library when you can to check out books, but also purchase some to create a diverse selection of books and resources in your home!

LGBTQ+ Books for Kids Ages 4 to 8

This is the perfect time to normalize LGBTQ+ people and relationships! Read books and watch shows with LGBTQ+ characters. Consider how you speak about relationships with your kids as well. Use neutral and inclusive language as much as possible. This way your kids are accepting of other people they will meet, but it will also help them accept themselves if they are LGBTQ+.


  1. Heather Has Two Mommies
  2. Love Makes a Family
  3. And Tango Makes Three
  4. Stella Brings the Family
  5. Uncle Bobby’s Wedding
  6. Papa, Daddy, and Riley
  7. Prince & Knight
  8. Maiden & Princess
  9. King & King
  10. When Aidan Became a Brother
  11. Red: A Crayon’s Story
  12. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo
  13. A Day of Pride
  14. From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea
  15. Sparkle Boy
  16. Julian is a Mermaid
  17. They She He Me: Free to Be!
  18. Love is Love
  19. Rainbow: A First Book of Pride
  20. A Family is a Family is a Family
  21. In Our Mother’s House
  22. We Are Family
  23. The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived
  24. Promised Land Tales Series


  1. This Day in June
  2. When You Look Out the Window: How Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin Built a Community
  3. Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag
  4. Sewing the Rainbow
  5. Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution
  6. Who Are You?: The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity
  7. It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity
  8. I Am Jazz

LGBTQ+ Books for Kids Ages 9 to 12

Ages 9 to 12 is the time when lots of people start to realize they are part of the LGBTQ+ community. It’s so important to continue to provide your kids with stories with diverse characters and about the amazing accomplishments of LGBTQ+ people. Also make sure you give your kids an inclusive sex-ed. There are suggestions for books and resources for sex-ed below!


  1. Rick
  2. George
  3. Better Nate Than Ever
  4. Drama
  5. Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World
  6. The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James
  7. Star Crossed
  8. The Whispers
  9. Drum Roll, Please
  10. Gracefully Grayson
  11. Lily and Dunkin
  12. King and the Dragonflies
  13. Lumberjanes
  14. The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher
  15. The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island
  16. This Would Make a Good Story Someday
  17. Middle School’s a Drag, You Better Werk!
  18. The Misfits Series
  19. Hurricane Child
  20. The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World
  21. The Parker Inheritance
  22. Witch Boy Graphic Novel Series
  23. Snapdragon
  24. The Tea Dragon Society
  25. The Moon Within


  1. LGBTQ: The Survival Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens
  2. Gay & Lesbian History for Kids: The Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights, with 21 Activities
  3. Queer Heroes: Meet 53 LGBTQ Heroes from Past & Present!
  4. Rainbow Revolutionaries: Fifty LGBTQ+ People Who Made History
  5. The Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in the Streets
  6. Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community
  7. You Be You! The Kid’s Guide to Gender, Sexuality, and Family

LGBTQ+ Books for Teens

There are so many young adult books with LGBTQ+ characters, the fiction books listed below are a small selection of what’s available. This is also a great time to dig deeper into LGBTQ+ history.


  1. How to Make a Wish
  2. Darius the Great Series
  3. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
  4. Simon Snow Trilogy
  5. Cemetery Boys
  6. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
  7. The House in the Cerulean Sea
  8. I Wish You All the Best
  9. If I Was Your Girl
  10. Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda
  11. Leah on the Offbeat
  12. The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea
  13. Odd One Out
  14. The Stars and the Blackness Between Them
  15. Yesterday is History
  16. History is All You Left Me
  17. Juliet Takes a Breath
  18. Like a Love Story
  19. We Are Totally Normal
  20. The Dangerous Art of Blending In
  21. The Handsome Girl & Her Beautiful Boy
  22. The Miseducation of Cameron Post
  23. As The Crow Flies
  24. Not Your Sidekick
  25. Anger Is a Gift: A Novel
  26. The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)
  27. You Should See Me in a Crown
  28. Like Water
  29. Beautiful Music for Ugly Children
  30. The Stars Beneath Our Feet
  31. The Priory of the Orange Tree
  32. Elatsoe
  33. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
  34. The Black Flamingo
  35. Heartstopper Series


  1. This Book Is Gay
  2. LGBTQ: The Survival Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens
  3. She/He/They/Me: For the Sisters, Misters, and Binary Resisters
  4. Beyond the Gender Binary
  5. The New Queer Conscience
  6. Queer Games Avant-Garde: How LGBTQ Game Makers are Reimagining the Medium of Video Games
  7. Out!: How to be Your Authentic Self
  8. David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music

Biographies & Memoirs

  1. The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America – this is a biography of Frank Kameny and is best for older teens
  2. Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen
  3. Brave Face: A Memoir – Content warning. This book includes self-harm and attempted suicide.
  4. Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World
  5. Two Boys Kissing
  6. I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters
  7. Trouble Maker for Justice
  8. Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin
  9. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches
  10. Continuum
  11. How We Fight For Our Lives: A Memoir
  12. Black. Queer. Southern. Women: An Oral History
  13. Identity: A Story of Transitioning
  14. When We Rise: My Life in the Movement

LGBTQ+ Inclusive Sex Education

  1. Sex is a Funny Word – Ages 8+
  2. It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, Gender, and Sexual Health – ages 10+
  3. Wait, What?: A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up – ages 9+
  4. The Every Body Book: The LGBTQ+ Inclusive Guide for Kids about Sex, Gender, Bodies, and Families – Ages 8+
  5. S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-to-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties
  6. Let’s Talk About It: The Teen’s Guide to Sex, Relationships, and Being a Human – ages 14+
  7. Consent (for Kids!): Boundaries, Respect, and Being in Charge of YOU
  8. Scarleteen Website
  10. Healthline’s LGBTQIA Safer Sex Guide

LGBTQ+ History & Civil Rights Books

  1. The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle
  2. Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights
  3. The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government
  4. Pride: The Story of the LGBTQ Equality Movement – you’ll want a hard copy of this. It’s very visual and the ebook just doesn’t work quite right.
  5. Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights
  6. We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation – You’ll also want a hard copy of this one!
  7. Our Gay History in Fifty States
  8. The Book of Pride: LGBTQ Heroes Who Changed the World
  9. A Queer History of the United States – Ideal for older teens & adults
  10. A Queer History of the United States for Young People – Ideal for age 12+
  11. Gay & Lesbian History for Kids: The Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights, with 21 Activities – Ideal for age 9+
  12. A Little Gay History: Desire and Diversity Across the World
  13. Queer: A Graphic History – This is an introduction to queer theory.
  14. Understanding and Teaching U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History – This is a book made for teachers working with high school and college students. Could be good for homeschool teachers too! The Queer America Podcast goes with the book too!
  15. And The Band Played On
  16. Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality
  17. How to Survive a Plague: The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed AIDS
  18. Transgender History, second edition: The Roots of Today’s Revolution
  19. The Stonewall Reader
  20. A Desired Past: A Short History of Same-Sex Love in America

LGBTQ+ History & Civil Rights Resources

Celebrating Pride Month from Share My Lesson has lesson plans, resources & activities for all ages!

Welcoming Schools Lessons Plans for LGBTQ Inclusivity

Use this lesson on LGBTQ+ History & Why it Matters from It includes a free printable timeline activity, and great discussion questions to get kids thinking critically.

LGBTQ History Lesson Plans from – They have lesson plans broken down into different grade ranges with varying topics.

LGBTQ Rights Timeline in American History

LGBTQ History Lesson Plans from

Learning for Justice Lesson Plans – These include multiple topics, but you can filter them for gender & sexual identity.

PBS NewsHour Extra LGBTQ Resources & Lessons

LGBTQ+ Podcasts

You can find most of the podcasts listed below on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts & Stitcher. Most also have transcripts available on their websites.

Resources for Parents with LGBTQ+ Kids


  1. Unconditional: A Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child
  2. This Is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids: A Question & Answer Guide to Everyday Life
  3. The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation – This is a book about a mother changing both herself and her community to welcome her transgender son.
  4. The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes
  5. The Trans Generation: How Trans Kids (and Their Parents) are Creating a Gender Revolution
  6. The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals
  7. The Transgender Teen: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Teens


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