Top 50 Books Celebrating Pride Month

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June is Pride month for the LGBTGI+ community and across the world the community celebrates in all manner of different ways. I celebrate most occasions with books (and cake), so I’m celebrating Pride month with 50+ books which I believe are important additions to your home and school libraries. 

Diverse texts play a crucial role in allowing readers to see their life reflected in story and act as powerful agents of cultural change. While there will never be enough books to cover all aspects of diversity, immersing young people in diverse stories allows them to emotionally connect with characters and stories who have lives similar to their own (or perhaps very different to their own) and expand understandings of themselves and of others.

Chapter 13 of my book ‘Raising Readers’ is titled ‘Acknowledging and Reflecting Diversity’ and in this chapter, contributor Will Kostakis says; 

When it comes to embracing diversity in literature – be it the author’s identity and experiences, or those of the characters on the page – we are trending in the right direction. I say trending, when I really wish we were striding, leaping or … already there.

Will Kostakis in ‘Raising Readers’, p. 190

Will also happens to be one of my favourite middle grade/YA authors writing diverse and #ownvoices texts, and is the master of weaving diversity through his narratives that challenge readers, without overtly ‘telling’. Young people don’t want to be slammed over the head with obvious morals, messages or tokenistic characters – they can smell ‘worthy texts with worthy messages’ a mile off.

The books below are suitable for a wide range of ages, starting with a few picture books for young people and moving to middle grade then YA books. As always, please check reading suitability for your own young reader. This list is not exhaustive – please add extra titles using the comment function!

Click on ‘Buy from Booktopia’ when shopping online in Australia to #supportaustralian. Apple, Amazon and Book Depository options for overseas & eBook purchases. Purchase in store from your local independent bookstore where possible #supportlocal.


‘Julian is a Mermaid’

by Jessica Love  

‘Wrestle’

by Maya Newell, Charlotte Mars, Gus Skattebol-James & Tom Jellett

‘Hugo’

by Yohann Devezy & Manuela Adreani

‘One in Many Millions’

by RJ Miles & Anil Tortop

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‘Who Are You’

by Brook Pessin-Whedbee. Illustrated by Naomi Bardoff

‘George’

by Alex Gino

‘To Night Owl From Dogfish’

by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer

‘Drama’

by Raina Telegemeier

‘Monuments’

by Will Kostakis

‘Simon Vs the Homosapiens Agenda’

by Becky Albertalli

The Simonverse box set

by Becky Albertalli

‘Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal’

by Anna Whateley

‘The Falling in Love Montage’

by Ciara Smyth

‘Burn’

by Patrick Ness

Print & eBook available

‘Leah on the Offbeat’

by Becky Albertalli

‘Invisible Boys’

by Holden Sheppard

‘Pink’

by Lili Wilkinson

‘The Rest of Us Just Live Here’

by Patrick Ness

‘Kindred’

edited by Michael Earp

‘Honor Girl’

by Maggie Thrash

‘Date Me, Bryson Keller’

by Kevin van Whye

Print & eBook available

‘Only Mostly Devastated’

by Sophie Gonzales

Print & eBook available

‘Birthday’

by Meredith Russo

Print & eBook available

‘Heartstopper: Volume One’

by Alice Oseman

Print & eBook available

‘Heartstopper: Volume Two’

by Alice Oseman

Print & eBook available

‘Heartstopper: Volume Three’

by Alice Oseman

Print & eBook available

‘The Flywheel’

by Erin Gough

Available as eBook only

‘Marco Possible’

by Hannah Moskowitz

‘Better Nate Than Ever’

by Tim Federle

Print & eBook available

‘Five, Six, Seven, Nate!’

by Tim Federle

Print & eBook available

‘Nate Expectations’

by Tim Federle

Print & eBook available

‘Amelia Westlake’

by Erin Gough

Print & eBook available

‘I Am Out With Lanterns’

by Emily Gale

Print & eBook available

‘Adam’ 

by Ariel Schrag

Print & eBook available

‘The Sidekicks’

by Will Kostakis

‘Beautiful Music for Ugly Children’

by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Print & eBook available

‘Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist’

by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

‘Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe’

by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Print & eBook available

‘Everything Leads to You’

by Nina LaCour

‘We Are Okay’

by Nina LaCour

‘Finding Nevo’

by Nevo Zisin

Print & eBook available

‘Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen’

by Jazz Jennings

Print & eBook available

‘Will Grayson, Will Grayson’

by John Green & David Levithan

Print & eBook available

‘Two Boys Kissing’

by David Levithan

Print & eBook available

‘Every Day’

by David Levithan

Print & eBook available

‘Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out’

by Susan Kuklin

Print & eBook available

‘A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns’

by Archie Bongiovanni & Tristan Jimerson

‘The Gender Games’

by Juno Dawson

Print & eBook available

‘What if It’s Us’

by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

Print & eBook available

‘If I Was Your Girl’

by Meredith Russo

Print & eBook available

‘If I Tell You’

by Alicia Tuckerman

Print & eBook available

‘The Art of Being Normal’

by Lisa Williamson

Available as eBook only

‘Ida’

by Alison Evans

Print & eBook available

‘Highway Bodies’

by Alison Evans

Print & eBook available

‘A Song Only I Can Hear’

by Barry Jonsberg

Print & eBook available

 ‘The Quiet at the End of the World’

by Lauren James

Print & eBook available

‘Queens of Geek’

by Jen Wilde

Print & eBook available

‘Let’s Talk About Love’

by Claire Kann

Print & eBook available

‘The Summer of Jordi Perez’

by Amy Spalding

Print & eBook available

‘Night Swimming’

by Steph Bowe

Print & eBook available

‘Openly Straight’

by Bill Konigsberg

‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’

by Emily M. Danforth


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