Read with Pride: Celebrate LGBTQ Families and Youth

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Celebrate Pride Month with a good book! Whether you’re looking for a story representative of your family, hoping to connect youth to kids like them, or fostering empathy and knowledge, there are many recent LGBTQ releases to check out.

Harriet Gets Carried Away

From the author and illustrator of the bestselling Not Quite Narwhal comes a sweet and funny story about remembering where you belong, no matter how far you roam, or what you’re wearing when you get there. Harriet loves costumes. She wears them to the dentist, to the supermarket, and most importantly, to her super-special dress-up birthday party. Her dads have decorated everything for the party and Harriet has her most favorite costume all picked out for the big day. There’s just one thing missing–party hats!

Hurricane Child

Born on Water Island in the Virgin Islands during a hurricane, which is considered bad luck, twelve-year-old Caroline falls in love with another girl–and together they set out in a hurricane to find Caroline’s missing mother. You can also check out this title as eAudio on Hoopla.

Julián is a Mermaid

A picture book celebration of self-love and individuality, a glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

Love, Penelope

Penny is excited to welcome her new sibling, so throughout her mom’s pregnancy she writes letters to it (not it, YOU !). She introduces herself (Penelope, but she prefers “Penny”) and their moms (Sammy and Becky). She brags about their home city, Oakland, California (the weather, the Bay, and the Golden State Warriors) and shares the trials and tribulations of being a fifth-grader (which, luckily, YOU won’t have to worry about for a long time).

Neither

In this colorful and touching story that celebrates what makes each of us unique, a little creature that’s not quite a bird and not quite a bunny–it’s “neither”–searches for a place to fit in. In the Land of This and That, there are only two kinds: blue bunnies and yellow birds. But one day a funny green egg hatches, and a little creature that’s not quite a bird and not quite a bunny pops out. It’s neither!

One True Way

From the moment Allie meets Sam, she feels like she has found a friend. But as their friendship grows, it begins to evolve into a deeper emotion and they must navigate their feelings for one another in 1977 North Carolina. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

Prince & Knight

In this modern fairy tale, a noble prince and a brave knight come together to defeat a terrible monster and in the process find true love in a most unexpected place.

They She He Me: Free to Be!

Pronouns serve as a familiar starting point for kids and grown-ups to expand ideas about gender and celebrate personal expression with fun imagery that provides a place to meet and play.

The Witch Boy

In thirteen-year-old Aster’s family, all the girls are raised to be witches while boys grow up to be shapeshifters, and anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. Unfortunately for Aster, he still hasn’t shifted–and he’s fascinated by witchery, no matter how forbidden it might be.