Books featuring LGBT characters

February is LGBT History Month and I thought that I would take this opportunity to recommend a few children’s books featuring LGBT characters which you could use to introduce this topic to your class.


This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson

Daring Hearts: Lesbian and Gay Lives of 50s and 60s Brighton by Brighton Ourstory (this fascinating book is unfortunately out of print but is still available to buy from Amazon)

Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by Arin Andrews

Picture books

Worm Loves Worm by JJ Austrian and Mike Curato

Something Else by Kathryn Cave

King and King by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland

King and King and Family by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland

Pearl Power and the Girl with Two Dads by Mel Elliott

10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert

Antonio’s Card by Rigoberto Gonzalez

Welcome to the Family by Mary Hoffman

I Got a Crocodile by Nicola Killen (gender neutral character)

My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis

Families, Families, Families by Suzanne Lang

Donovan’s Big Day by Leslea Newman

Heather Has Two Mummies by Leslea Newman

Mommy, Mama and Me by Leslea Newman

Daddy, Papa and Me by Leslea Newman

The Boy Who Cried Fabulous by Leslea Newman

In Our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson

Pink! by Lynne Rickards

Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer and Holly Clifton-Brown

Introducing Teddy by Jessica Walton




The Secrets of Sam and Sam by Susie Day

The Secrets of Billie Bright by Susie Day

The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue

George by Alex Gino

Two Weeks with the Queen by Morris Gleitzman

Scrivener’s Moon by Philip Reeve

The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams



Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

The Dark Light by Julia Bell

Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

What’s Up With Jody Barton? by Hayley Long

More Than This by Patrick Ness

Release by Patrick Ness

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Starring Kitty by Keris Stainton

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

As I Descended by Robin Talley

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson


Graphic Novels

Skim by Mariko Tamaki


For a further list of titles see the wonderful Letterbox Library

Has anyone else got a favourite that they would like to recommend?

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