LGBTQ+ book list—beyond the coming out stories

Group of people holding a Pride flag

Image © Anke Kuhl from Tell Me

We are celebrating Pride Month 2021 with a list of children’s books featuring LGBTQ+ characters from Phoebe Wilton-Stuart of Wardini Books.

We asked Phoebe for her list after seeing her post this month on the Teen Wardini Instagram page with her favourite books that feature “LGBTQ+ books that don’t focus on a queer main character coming out. Because although those books are good and some of them are my favourites, it’s important to see LGBTQ+ representation where a character’s sexuality or gender isn’t the main focus of the plot or the character’s personality, as sometimes these books can turn out to be!”




Five great LGBTQ+ books for children

Heartstopper series covers


Heartstopper series by Alice Osman – A beautiful graphic novel series about two boys falling in love. Sweet, bumbling, and wonderful.






Cemetery Boys cover


The Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas – First book I’ve read with a trans man protagonist and wow it didn’t disappoint. Ghosts, humour, first love and lots of adventure!





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Julian at the Wedding by Jessica Love – This goes hand in hand with Julian Is a Mermaid, the first book in the series. A slice-of-life picture book about two kids at a gay wedding packed with absolutely gorgeous illustrations.





Peta Lyre's Rating Normal cover


Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal by Anna Whateley – A coming-of-age novel with a queer, autistic lead. Amazing story of friendship and found family and loving yourself.






Queer Heroes cover


Queer Heroes by Arabelle Sicardi – A collection of short stories centred around the lives of amazing LGBTQ+ individuals who’ve done a lot for the community. Along the lines of the Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls books.





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