Shared booklist

Teaching LGBTQIA+ Topics Recommended Reading: Children + Middle Grade

UPDATED 9/27/2017. This list was created for a workshop called "Teaching LGBTQIA+ Topics in the Classroom" that took place on February 16, 2016 at Brooklyn public Library. Led by educator, Aaron McAuliffe, it was for PreK-12 educators interested in incorporating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual and related topics into their classroom and school community. By no means an exhaustive list, it represents a broad array of BPL's holdings on these subjects.

31 items

The boy & the bindi

Shraya, Vivek, 1981- author. |

The other boy

Hennessey, M. G., author. |

Princess Princess ever after

O'Neill, Katie (Cartoonist) |

The pants project

Clarke, Cat. |


Dee, Barbara. |

I'm a girl!

by Yasmeen Ismail. |

Not every princess

by Jeffrey Bone, PsyD, and Lisa Bone, PhD ; illustrated by Valeria Docampo. |


by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly ; photographs by Shelley Rotner. |

Morris Micklewhite and the tangerine dress

by Christine Baldacchino ; illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant. |

A young boy faces adversity from classmates when he wears an orange dress at school.

The different dragon

by Jennifer Bryan ; illustrated by Danamarie Hosler. |

For a bedtime story, one of Noah's two mothers tells him a story about a brave boy in a boat with his cat and his encounter with a fire-breathing dragon, following Noah's suggestions along the way.

10,000 dresses

story by Marcus Ewert ; illustrations by Rex Ray. |

Bailey longs to wear the beautiful dresses of her dreams but is ridiculed by her unsympathetic family which rejects her true perception of herself.

Better Nate than ever

Tim Federle. |

An eighth-grader who dreams of performing in a Broadway musical concocts a plan to run away to New York and audition for the role of Elliot in the musical version of "E.T."


Alex Gino. |

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl.

I am Jazz

by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings ; pictures by Shelagh McNicholas. |

The story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transkids everywhere.

Jacob's new dress

Sarah and Ian Hoffman ; illustrated by Chris Case. |

Jacob, who likes to wear dresses at home, convinces his parents to let him wear a dress to school too.

My princess boy

by Cheryl Kilodavis ; illustrated by Suzanne DeSimone. |

A four-year-old boy loves dressing up in princess clothing.


Susan Kuklin. |

Children from diverse families share thoughts about their families and photographs.

Donovan's big day

by Leslâea Newman ; illustrations by Mike Dutton. |

From the moment Donovan wakes in the morning, he painstakingly prepares for his special role in the wedding ceremony of his two mothers.

Heather has two mommies

Leslâea Newman ; illustrated by Laura Cornell. |

Heather's favorite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, and two pets. And she also has two mommies.

It's okay to be different

Todd Parr. |

Illustrations and brief text describe all kinds of differences that are "okay," such as "It's okay to be a different color," "It's okay to need some help," "It's okay to be adopted," and "It's okay to have a different nose."

This day in June

by Gayle E. Pitman ; illustrated by Kristyna Litten. |

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.

Gay & lesbian history for kids

Jerome Pohlen. |

Offers a look at the history of LGBT rights through personal stories and firsthand accounts, and chronicles the events, organizations, and influential leaders of the movement.

Gracefully Grayson

Ami Polonsky. |

Grayson, a transgender twelve-year-old, learns to accept her true identity and share it with the world.

Made by Raffi

Craig Pomranz ; illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain. |

As a shy boy, Raffi is a loner and teased at school until one day he discovers knitting and decides to make a scarf for his father and a cape for the prince in the school play.

And Tango makes three

Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell ; illustrated by Henry Cole. |

At New York City's Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches. Based on a true story.


by Justin Sayre. |

Twelve-year-old Davis lives in an old brownstone with his mother and grandmother in Brooklyn. He loves people-watching in Prospect Park, visiting his mom in the bakery she owns, and listening to the biggest operas he can find as he walks everywhere. But Davis is having a difficult summer. As questions of sexuality begin to enter his mind, he worries people don't see him as anything other than "husky."

Rad American women A-Z

written by Kate Schatz ; illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl. |

Profiled are 26 American women from the 18th through 21st centuries, who have made-or are still making--history as artists, writers, teachers, lawyers, or athletes. The women come from a variety of economic and ethnic backgrounds and many had to overcome extreme hardships.

Stella brings the family

by Miriam Baker Schiffer ; illustrations by Holly Clifton Brown. |

Stella brings her two fathers to school to celebrate Mother's Day.

Sex is a funny word

by Cory Silverberg & Fiona Smyth. |

A comic book for kids that includes children and families of all makeups, orientations, and gender identies, Sex Is a Funny Word is an essential resource about bodies, gender, and sexuality for children ages 8 to 10 as well as their parents and caregivers.


Raina Telgemeier ; with color by Gurihiru. |

Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.

Not all princesses dress in pink

by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple ; illustrated by Anne-Sophie Lanquetin. |

Rhyming text affirms that girls can pursue their many interests, from playing sports to planting flowers in the dirt, without giving up their tiaras.