love in the wild

Ok, buckle up, I’m sharing a book about animals. A board book that reinforces the phrase “love is love” to be exact. Gay penguins? Yes. Lady cheetahs courting? Gotcha covered. Bighorn sheep falling in love? You betcha.

Empowering Identities: A Roundup

Written & Illustrated by:  Various, check out the individual posts below! For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Historical Figures Own Voices Bicultural Trans Experience LGBTQ Social-Emotional Learning   Books are wonderful things. They reflect our own experiences and provide portals into the experiences of others. I wanted to provide a short roundup of recent…

Ritu Weds Chandni

Written & Illustrated by: Ameya Narvankar For Ages: 4 years and up Language: English & Hindi (with glossary in back) Topics Covered: LGBTQ Rights, Marriage Equality, Family, Love, Protest, Homophobia, Violence. Summary: This book…this book is so meaningful to the LGBTQ community, and specifically the South Asian LGBTQ community. Our main character Ayesha’s cousin Ritu…

What We Believe: A Black Lives Matter Principles Activity Book

Written By: Laleña Garcia Illustrated by: Caryn Davidson For Ages: 4 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Black Culture & Identity, Black Lives Matter, Activism, Equity, Self-Esteem, Advocacy, LGBTQ Affirmation, Community. Summary: Folx, when I opened up a surprise package from Lee and Low with this workbook in it, I think I actually shrieked…

Sewing the Rainbow

Written By: Gayle E. Pitman Illustrated by: Holly Clifton-Brown For Ages: 5 and up (mention of military and illustrations of guns) Language: English Topics Covered: LGBTQ History, Pacifism, Pride Flag, Historical Figure. Summary: This story tells the life of Gilbert Baker, the man who sewed the first rainbow Pride flag for the LGBTQ community. For…

Beetle & The Hollowbones

Written & Illustrated by: Aliza Layne For Ages: MG & YA (graphic novel) Language: English Topics Covered: Witchcraft, Non-Binary Identity, Graphic Novels, Friendship, LGBTQ, Magic. Summary: Spooky fantasy graphic novel with LGBTQ representation for middle grades? Sign me up! Beetle is a goblin being homeschooled by her grandmother in magic. Beetle’s best friend is Blob…

The Art of Drag

Written & Illustrated by: A big beautiful crew is responsible for this amazing book! See the photos down below of the creators and artists who brought this historical text to life. For Ages: YA Language: English Topics Covered: LGBTQ History, Drag, Performance, Theatre, History, Global Community, Historical Figures, Acceptance, Self-Expression, Oppression, Activism. Summary: I’ve been…

A Portrait in Poems: The Storied Life of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas

Written by: Evie Robillard Illustrated by: Rachel Katstaller For ages:  8-12 years Language: English Topics Covered: LGBTQ Relationships, Artists, Writers, History, Historical Figure. Summary:  This book is gorgeous in text and illustrations, telling a life overview of art collecting writers Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. The two women were popular in artistic social circles, and had a beloved dog…

Dress Coded

Written By: Carrie Firestone Cover Art by: Tyler Feder For Ages: YA Middle Grades & Up Language: English Topics Covered: Growing Up, Feminism, Podcasting, Activism, Body Shaming, Friendship, Addiction, Siblings, LGBTQ. Summary: Eighth grader Molly is sick of seeing her friends and other girls in her school fall victim to the dress code, which is…

The Every Body Book

Written By: Rachel E. Simon, LCSW Illustrated by: Noah Grigni For Ages: 8-12 years Language: English Topics Covered: LGBTQ, Sex, Bodies, Bodily Functions, Growing Up, Relationships, Families, Pregnancy. Summary: This book is really nothing short of revolutionary, especially for LGBTQ+ youth, who now have an inclusive book about puberty and development. The subtle shifts in…