Ho’onani Hula Warrior

Written by: Heather Gale Illustrated by: Mika Song For ages: 4 years and up Language: English and Hawaiian Topics Covered: Gender Identity, Hawaiian Culture & Traditions, Hula, Indigenous Voices, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, Trailblazer, History, Historical Figure, Biographical, Self-Esteem, Family, Acceptance.  Summary:  This is an incredible book based on a real person!  Ho’onani is a young girl that feels in the middle of…

When Aidan Became a Brother

Written by: Kyle Lukoff Illustrated by: Kaylani Juanita For ages: 4 years and up Language: English  Topics Covered: BIPOC Protagonists, Gender Identity, Family, LGBTQ Youth, Trans Experience, Gender Stereotypes, Growing Up, Pregnancy, Siblings, Social-Emotional Learning, Empathy. Summary: Since it’s Corrie’s birthday, she wanted to post a book that she’s currently loving and can’t stop talking about.  This book is SO cute, we’re…

I’m So NOT Wearing A Dress!

Written by: Julie Merberg Illustrated by: Mai Kemble For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Tomboy, Acceptance, Family, Sports, Social-Emotional Development. Summary: Shelby likes to climb trees, dig for worms with her best friend Nate, and wear nothing but her dirty red high tops.  Shelby’s neighbor Sophie always wants her to have tea parties and dress up like princesses but Shelby…

Juliet Takes A Breath

Written by: Gabby Rivera Cover Art by: Cristy C. Road For ages: YA Book Language: English Topics Covered: LGBTQ, Queer Theory, Racism, White Feminism, Growing Up, Relationships, Family, Love. Summary: Ya’all this book is SO IMPORTANT.  Juliet is a young Puerto Rican woman on her way to the internship of her dreams.  All she has to do is come out to…

It Feels Good To Be Yourself; A Book About Gender Identity

Written by: Theresa Thorn Illustrated by: Noah Grigni For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Self-Acceptance, Self-Esteem, Gender Identity, LGBTQ Youth, Friendship,  Family, Love, Own Voices, Community, POC-Centric Narratives.  Summary: This book is INCREDIBLE.  It was written clearly and in a style that shows us the author is familiar with children, and explaining things to them.  The book affirms and reaffirms…

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali

Written by: Sabina Khan Cover Art by: For ages: YA book Language: English Topics Covered: LGBTQ, Family, Marriage, Independence, Love, Acceptance, LGBTQ Violence, Homophobia, Bangladeshi Culture & Traditions. Summary: I could NOT put this book down.  I was instantly hooked.  Warning: you will feel ALL the emotions during this read. Rukhsana is a teenager, just a few months away from…

We’re here to profile #lgbtcharacters who #smashstereotypes!

It’s Day 10 folks, and we’re so excited that the topic of #lgbtcharacters has come up, because as two queer educators, we are super passionate about the representation that younger LGBTQ folks can experience with the wealth of books now available! To check out our list of Top Books with LGBTQ Characters, read on! from…

Ada Twist, Scientist

Written by: Andrea Beaty Illustrated by: David Roberts For ages: 4-10 years Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, STEM, Women in STEM, Family, Love, Acceptance, Social-Emotional Development.  Summary: In a flowing and lyrical story, we learn about Ada, who did not speak until she was 3 but left a path of destructive curiosity in her wake wherever she went.  When she did…

Thunder Rose

Written by: Jerdine Nolen Illustrated by: Kadir Nelson For ages: 5-10 years Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Feminism, Love, Family, Acceptance, Folklore.  Summary: This book tells the tale of Rose, a baby born during a thunderstorm in the Old West.  This magical child sits right up and grabs a ball of lightning to hold over her shoulder, and begins to…

Jack (not Jackie)

Written by: Erica Silverman Illustrated by: Holly Hatam For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Family, Acceptance, Trans Experience, Transgender Youth. Summary: Big sister Susan loves her little sibling Jackie, more than anything.  Susan loves making Jackie giggle, and dreams about all of the fun things they’ll do together growing up.  When Jackie becomes a little older, the two children…