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New K-12 Books for Pride Month

Created by 49th Teachers
  • Age: 4 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
tagged: lgbtq
Celebrate Pride Month with this selection of new books for grades K-12.

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Funny Gyal

My Fight Against Homophobia in Jamaica

by Angeline Jackson, with Susan McClelland, foreword by Diana King
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: lgbtq+, caribbean & latin america, social activists

“Instead of remaining silent, she chose to speak out … That’s the power of one person.” — Barack Obama
The inspiring story of Angeline Jackson, who stood up to Jamaica’s oppression of queer youth to demand recognition and justice.

When Angeline Jackson was a child, she wondered if there was something wrong with her for wanting to kiss th …

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Barnabas Bopwright Saves the City

by J. Marshall Freeman
edition: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: lgbt, contemporary

Fifteen-year-old Barnabas Bopwright is proud to live in the greatest city on earth. But under the shiny exterior lurks the hidden cost of the city's skyscraping success.

On his way to school, Barnabas discovers a transit map with an unknown subway line. Soon he's on an impossible train, running from authorities who have guarded the city's dark myste …

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The Family Tree

by Sean Dixon, illustrated by Lily Snowden-Fine
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: alternative family, lgbt, adoption

A family tree assignment leads an adopted girl to discover the different ways to be a family.

When her teacher gives her class a simple family tree assignment, Ada is stumped. How can she make her family fit into this simple template?

Ada is adopted. She can see where to put her parents on the tree, but what about her birth mom? Ada has a biological …

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Wish Upon a Satellite

by Sophie Labelle
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: lgbt, friendship, dating & sex

The glaciers are melting and the climate crisis is on their mind, but nothing shakes the foundations of non-binary teen Ciel’s world more than sharing an unexpected kiss with their best friend, Stephie. Everything they thought was clear is suddenly all mixed up—and that’s without the new problems at school: sexting, peer pressure, and overdue …

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The Queen of Junk Island

by Alexandra Mae Jones
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook Audiobook
  • age: 16 to 18
  • Grade: 10 to 12
tagged: lgbt, self-esteem & self-reliance, ghost stories

From debut author Alexandra Mae Jones comes a compelling, nuanced exploration of bi identity and body image with a ghostly backdrop—perfect for fans of Nina Lacour. 

Still reeling from a recent trauma, sixteen-year-old Dell is relieved when her mom suggests a stay at the family cabin. But the much-needed escape quickly turns into a disaster. The l …

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Swimming in the Monsoon Sea

by Shyam Selvadurai
edition: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: lgbt, new experience, asia

Amrith comes to terms with his sexuality in this sweeping coming-of-age story set against the stormy backdrop of monsoon season in 1980s Sri Lanka. For fans of Call Me By Your Name.

Shyam Selvadurai’s brilliant novels, Funny Boy and Cinnamon Gardens, have garnered him international acclaim. In his first young adult novel, now with a new cover, he …

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You Know, Sex

Bodies, Gender, Puberty, and Other Things

by Cory Silverberg & Fiona Smyth
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: adolescence, social topics, homosexuality

A completely new approach to learning about puberty, sex, and gender for kids 10+. Here is the much-anticipated third book in the trilogy that started with the award-winning What Makes a Baby and Sex Is a Funny Word
"Silverberg's writing is fearless . . . Here is that rare voice that can talk about the hardest things kids go through in ways that a …

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I am Everything In Between

illustrated by Sydney Sunderland
edition: Paperback
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: lgbt, emotions & feelings, self-esteem & self-reliance

Sometimes it's not as simple as being a boy or a girl. I Am Everything In Between highlights kids who may not fit into stereotypical gender ideals, and celebrates how they do identify by sending positive messages about gender identity. This book teaches children that regardless of biological gender, it's OK to feel like a boy, or a girl, or even bo …