The Hips on the Drag Queen go Swish, Swish, Swish

Written by:  Lil Miss Hot Mess Illustrated by: Olga de Dios’ For ages: 2-6 years Language: English

No Voice Too Small

Edited by: Lindsay H. Metcalf, Keila V. Dawson, Jeanette Bradley Illustrated by: Jeanette Bradley For ages: 5-9 years  Language: English  Topics Covered: Activism, Youth Activists, Poetry, Own Voices, Environmental Activism, Violence, Indigenous Voices, American Citizens, LGBTQ, Education, Muslim Activist, Community.  Summary:  Y’all need to buckle up for this book.  These are the type of books I started this website for.  No Voice…

I Will Dance

Written by: Nancy Bo Flood Illustrated by: Julianna Swaney For ages: 4 years and up  Language: English Topics Covered: Dance, LGBTQ Families, Cerebral Palsy, Disability, Friendship, Acceptance, Goals, True Story.  Summary:  This is an absolutely beautiful story about a real girl who yearned to find a dance company that would accept her.  Eva has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.  She’s…

We Are Little Feminists: Families

Written by: Archaa Shrivastav & Little Feminist Book Club Photographs by: Collected by Little Feminist Book Club, page numbers with acknowledgments are on the back cover! For ages: Infants and up Language: English  Topics Covered: Family, Feminism, Intersectionality, LGBTQ, Relationships, Board Books.  Summary:  This is probably the most diverse family book that I’ve ever seen, and I absolutely love how the photographs…

Pride 1 2 3

Written by: Michael Joosten Illustrated by: Wednesday Holmes  For ages: Infants and up (board book) Language: English Topics Covered: LGBTQ, Pride, Acceptance, Math, Counting Books, Board Books, Activism.  Summary:  This is a very sweet counting book that focuses on a Pride Parade.  The illustrations are super diverse, and celebrate the intersections of identity that one can find at these events….

You Be You! The Kid’s Guide to Gender, Sexuality, and Family

This little book hopped off the shelf and into Lee’s hands like it was meant to be! In just 73 short, beautifully illustrated pages, author Johnathan Branfman and illustrator Julie Benbassat have created the guide that I wish I had had when I was young. In very clear and sensitive language, Bronfman outlines the basics…

The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)

Written by: Amy Spalding Cover Photo by: Robyn Van Swank Cover Design: Kate Gartner For ages: YA (underage alcohol use) Language: English Topics Covered: LGBTQ, Growing Up, Art, Jobs, Relationships, Family Dynamics, Weight, Body Positivity, Fashion, Underage Alcohol Use.  Summary: This is a fantastic book with both a queer and fat main character interested in fashion.  Abby scores an amazing summer…

The Degenerates

Written by: J. Albert Mann Cover Art by: Design: Rebecca Syracuse; Illustration: Sarah Maxwell-Folio Art For ages: YA (14 years and up) Language: English Topics Covered: Historical Fiction, LGBTQ, Growing Up, Mental Health, Disability, Own Voices, Interracial Love, Family, Friendship, Institutionalized Lives, Courage, Bravery, Love.  Summary:  This book is incredible.  I truly hope this book review does it justice, I couldn’t put it…

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph

Written by: Brandy Colbert For ages: YA (underage alcohol use, marijuana use, sex, substance use/addiction) Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Black Culture & Identity, Growing Up, Chicago, Relationships, Dating, Family, Police Interaction (racist treatment),  Summary: In the summer between sophomore and junior year, Birdie’s aunt Carlene unexpectedly shows up at their apartment above the hair salon that Birdie’s mother…

They Called Us Enemy

Created by: George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, Harmony Becker For ages: YA-Middle and High School Language: English, some Japanese.  Topics Covered: Japanese Internment, Historical Figures, Historical Events, WWII, Growing Up, LGBTQ, Japanese-American Experience, Own Voices, Graphic Novel.  Summary: This is an incredible graphic novel, telling of historical events that are rarely taught in schools. Deciding to post it today,…