Memorial Hall Library

New LGBTQ+ books for children and tweens

Readers of all ages deserve books that represent their experiences, so this week we're featuring LGBTQ+ books for children and tweens. This list includes pictures books about the history of the rainbow flag and a Sunday morning in an inclusive church, as well as middle grade novels and comics with queer characters.

For more recommendations, please contact the Children's Room at 978-623-8440.


	Pride : the story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag
Pride : the story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag
by Rob Sanders

Traces the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today's world.

	A church for all
A church for all
by Gayle E Pitman

Celebrates a diverse community on a Sunday morning at an inclusive church that welcomes all people regardless of age, class, race, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Come to the church for all!

	It feels good to be yourself : a book about gender identity
It feels good to be yourself : a book about gender identity
by Theresa Thorn

Providing sensitive vocabulary for initiating discussions, a warmhearted, straightforward exploration of gender identity offers children a fuller understanding of themselves and others, in a compassionate story written by the mother of a transgender child and illustrated by a non-binary transgender artist.

	This day in June
This day in June
by Gayle E. Pitman

A picture book illustrating a Pride parade. The endmatter serves as a primer on LGBT history and culture and explains the references made in the story.

	We are family
We are family
by Patricia Hegarty

Through illness and health, in celebration and disappointment, families stick together. Some families are made up of many people, and some are much smaller. Sometimes family members look like each other, and sometimes they don't! But even though every family is different, the love is all the same.

	The moon within
The moon within
by Aida Salazar

A modern tale of early adolescence finds Celi navigating questions about her changing body, first attraction and a best friend's genderfluid explorations while resisting her mother's embarrassing plans for an ancestral Mexica moon ceremony to celebrate her first period.

	The mighty heart of Sunny St. James
The mighty heart of Sunny St. James
by Ashley Herring Blake

Twelve-year-old Sunny St. James must navigate heart surgery, reconnecting with her lost mother, the betrayal of a former best friend, first kisses, and emerging feelings for another girl.

	Zenobia July
Zenobia July
by Lisa Bunker

Moving from her father's home in Arizona to live with her aunts in Maine, a transgender girl uses her elite coding and hacking skills to identify the anonymous poster of hateful memes on her new school's website, a mystery that helps her find the courage to live openly. 

	The whispers
The whispers
by Greg Howard

Believing in fairies that grant wishes if given proper tributes, 11-year-old Riley wishes for help with many difficult challenges, from being bullied to an unrequited crush, before the disappearance of his mother compels him to seek out the fairies he hopes will bring her back home. 

	Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy : a graphic novel
Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy : a graphic novel
by Rey Terciero

An adaptation of the coming-of-age novel features the four March sisters as they struggle with school woes, health issues, boy troubles, and personal identity.

	Drum roll, please
Drum roll, please
by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

Unexpectedly enjoying her membership in a band she was talked into joining, drummer Melly embarks on what she believes will be a rocking summer at camp only to find everything upended by her parents' separation, her best friend's estrangement, her crush on a fellow camper and her doubts about her performance readiness. 
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