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Librarians Share Top 10 LGBTQIA+ Books for All Ages

Libraries are the last place left that you can go where you don’t have to pay for anything: knowledge, books, music, entertainment, community meeting spaces, art, research, technology, resource assistance, and much more. Our librarians take a lot of pride in making sure each library is a place where everyone can not only obtain these materials, but where everyone can feel welcome and included. Some of our librarians recently got into the Pride Month spirit by compiling a list of 10 top Non-Fiction and Fiction Pride Month books in 2022 for each age group.

Find the library closest to you and check out one of these great books that give a proper voice to LGBTQIA+ authors and subjects:

Picture Book Fiction (ages 3-6):

  • Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
  • Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack
  • Maiden & Princess by Daniel Haack
  • When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff
  • I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel
  • Grandad’s Camper by Harry Wodgate
  • Ritu Weds Chandni by Ameya Narvankar
  • Ho’oanani: Hula Warrior by Heather Gale
  • Phoenix Goes to School: A Story to Support Transgender and Gender Diverse Children by Michelle and Phoenix Finch
  • Plenty of Hugs by Fran Manushkin

Chapter Book Fiction (ages 7-12)

  • Goldie Vance by Hope Larson
  • Obie is Man Enough by Shuyler Bailar
  • Zenobia July by Lisa Bunker
  • The Whispers by Greg Howard
  • Hurricane Child by Cacen Kallender
  • Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
  • Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff
  • Beetle and the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne
  • This is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them, and Us by Katherine, Melleby, and Nicole Locke

Juvenile Non-fiction (ages 3-12)

  • What Are Your Words? A Book About Pronouns – Katherine Locke
  • The Every Body Book: The LGBTQ+ Inclusive Guide for Kids about Sex, Gender, Bodies, and Families by Estrela Joana
  • Rainbow Revolutionaries (Fifty LGBTQ+ People Who Made History) by Sarah Prager
  • Be Amazing: A History of Pride by Desmond Napoles
  • Queer Heroes: Meet 53 LGBTQ Heroes From Past and Present! By Arabelle Sicardi
  • It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity by Thersea Thorn
  • What is the AIDS Crisis? (What Was? Series) by Nico Medina
  • Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution: The Story of the Trans Women of Color Who Made LGBTQ+ History by Joy Michael Ellison
  • Stonewall: A Building, an Uprising, a Revolution by Rob Sanders

Teen Fiction (ages 13-17)

  • This Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth
  • All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages by Sandra Mitchell et. al
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens
  • Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro
  • The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglas
  • Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
  • Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
  • Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
  • Cosmoknights by Hannah Templer

Teen Non-Fiction (ages 13-17)

  • Quick and Easy Guide to Asexuality by Will Hernandez and Molly Muldoon
  • The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
  • Brave Face by Shaun David Hutchinson
  • Out Law: What LGBT Youth Should Know About Their Legal Rights by Lisa Keen
  • Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager
  • A Queer History of the United State for Young People by Richie Chevat
  • A Quick and Easy Guide to Queer and Trans Identities by Jules Zuckerburg and Mady G.
  • The ABC’s of LGBT+ By Ash Hardell
  • All the Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto by George M. Johnson
  • Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore our Radical Anatomy by Kelly Jensen

Adult Fiction (ages 18 and up)

  • An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
  • She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
  • Bingo Love by Tee Franklin
  • The Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki
  • The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
  • Damn Love by Jasmine Beach-Ferrara
  • Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers
  • Love After the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indiqueer Speculative Fiction by Joshua Whitehead
  • When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo

Adult Non-Fiction (ages 18 and up)

  • The Stonewall Reader by the New York Public Library
  • When We Rise by Cleve Jones
  • Ace: What Asexuality Reveals about Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex by Angela Chen
  • Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe
  • David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music by Darryl W. Bullock
  • Storytelling in Queer Appalachia: Imagining and Writing the Unspeakable Other by Hillery Glasby, Sherrie Gradin, and Rachael Ryerson
  • LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia by Jeff Mann and Julie Watts
  • We Can Do Better Than This: 35 Voices on the Future of LGBTQ+ Rights by Amelia Abraham
  • Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton
  • Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource by and for Transgender Communities by Laura Erikson-Schroth

Buncombe County is promoting this list and it's library's participation in Pride Month. Vist our Facebook page to see more articles and initiatives associated with Pride Month.

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Updated Jun 20, 2022 10:21 AM
Published Jun 08, 2022 12:00 AM