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Pride 2021: LGBTQ Books for Kids
The experiences of LGBTQ children and families are captured in this list comprised of picture books, chapter books, and graphic novels. (Updated June 2021)

Colors of Aloha
Kau-Arteaga, Kanoa
Learn the Hawai'ian words for colors in this lovely, family-oriented, BIPOC-centered story. This #OwnVoices picture book is written by a māhū (trans) person and illustrated by a queer, Black Native Hawaiian artist.
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Availability: All copies in use
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The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish
Lil Miss Hot Mess
This fabulous picture book plays off "The Wheels on the Bus" as it follows a drag queen who performs her routine in front of an awestruck audience. Fun for all ages!
Format: Book
Availability: Available
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Sylvia and Marsha Start A Revolution!
Ellison, Joy Michael
Shares with young readers the crucial story of Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, the two trans women of color who helped kickstart the Stonewall Riots and dedicated their lives to fighting for LGBTQ+ equality.
Format: Book
Availability: All copies in use
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Sharice's Big Voice
Davids, Sharice
This picture book autobiography tells the remarkable story of Sharice Davids, one of the first Native American women elected to Congress and the first LGBTQ congressperson to represent Kansas.
Format: Book
Availability: Available
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My Rainbow
Neal, Trinity
In their #OwnVoices picture book debut, mother-daughter duo and transgender rights advocates DeShanna and Trinity Neal center a Black transgender girl looking for hair that suits her gender expression.
Format: Book
Availability: Available
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Starboy
Gigot, Jami
A lonely boy feels like a stranger on his own planet until the day his radio bursts to life with the rhythm of stardust energy. This beautifully illustrated picture book includes notes and facts about David Bowie's life.
Format: Book
Availability: All copies in use
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Tomoko Takes the Lead
Rosewater, Kit
The Derby Daredevils features a fierce crew of LGBTQ+ female skaters in book three of the middle grade series as it focuses on shy Tomoko and finds the team at roller derby summer camp in nearby Dallas.
Format: Book
Availability: No Longer Available
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The Deep & Dark Blue
Smith, Niki
With capable worldbuilding and a positive look at transgender identity, Smith's debut graphic novel is likely to win over young fans of queer fantasy.
Format: Graphic Novel
Availability: All copies in use
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King and the Dragonflies
Callender, Kacen
When King’s brother Khalid dies unexpectedly, he’s left reeling with Khalid’s final advice to end his friendship with his best friend over rumors that he’s gay.
Format: Book
Availability: All copies in use
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47,000 Beads
Adeyoha, Koja
"Peyton loves to dance, and especially at pow wow, but her Auntie notices that she's been dancing less and less. When Peyton shares that she just can't be comfortable wearing a dress anymore, Auntie Eyota asks some friends for help to get Peyton what she needs."
Format: Book
Availability: Available
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