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LGBT Books for Children

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender books and resources. All titles available in the Bank Street College Library.

  • Picture Books

    Brannen, S. (2008). Uncle Bobby's wedding. New York, NY: G. P. Putnam's Sons.
    Summary: Chloe? is jealous and sad when her favorite uncle announces that he will be getting married, but as she gets to know Jamie better and becomes involved in planning the wedding, she discovers that she will always be special to Uncle Bobby and to Uncle Jamie, too.
    Call# J P B

    Bryan, J. (2006). The different dragon. Ridley Park, PA: Two Lives.
    Call# J P B

    Combs, B. (2000). 123: a family counting book. Ridley Park, PA: Two Lives.
    Summary: Introduces the numbers one through twenty against a background of impressionistic oil paintings portraying gay and lesbian parents and racial diversity.
    Call# J P C

    Combs, B. (2000). ABC: a family alphabet book. Ridley Park, PA: Two Lives.
    Summary: Introduces the alphabet with whimsical illustrations portraying gay and lesbian parents and racial diversity.
    Call# J P C

    De Haan, L., & Nijland, S. (2002). King & King. Berkeley, CA: Tricycle Press.
    Summary: When the queen insists that the prince get married and take over as king, the search for a suitable mate does not turn out as expected.
    Call# J P H

    Garden, N. (2004). Molly's family. New York, NY: Farrar Straus Giroux.
    Summary: While preparing decorations for Open School Night, Molly and several of her classmates draw pictures of their families and discover that family means something different to each of them.
    Call# J P G

    Gonzalez, R., & Alvarez, C. (2005). Antonio's card. San Francisco, CA: Children's Book Press.
    Summary: With Mother's Day coming, Antonio finds he has to decide about what is important to him when his classmates make fun of the unusual appearance of his mother's partner, Leslie.
    Call# J P G

    Hoffman, E., Henriquez, C., & Vega, E. (1999). Best best colors. St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press.
    Summary: Nate has trouble deciding what his favorite color is, but his two mammas help him realize that he does not have to have a best, best color.
    Call# J P H

    Newman, L. (2002). Felicia's favorite story. Ridley Park, PA: Two Lives.
    Call# J P N

    Richardson, J., Parnell, P., & Cole, H. (2005). And Tango makes three. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster.
    Summary: At New York City's Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches.
    Call# J P R / also Spanish language edition: Tres con Tango. Call# Sp J P R

  • Juvenile Fiction

    Burch, C. (2008). Hit the road, Manny. New York, NY: Atheneum Books.
    Summary: As the Dalinger family travels across America in a rented recreational vehicle, Keats grows more accepting of the attention-getting behavior of their "manny" (male nanny) especially after a visit with the manny's parents on their Wyoming ranch.
    Call#  J F B

    Garden, N. (2004). The case of the stolen scarab. Ridley Park, PA: Two Lives.
    Summary: When the Taylor-Michaelson family, Nikki and Travis and their two moms buy an old inn in Vermont, they don't expect their first visitor to be the local sheriff with news of a robbery. And, their second to be a bedraggled hiker with amnesia! Soon Nikki and Travis find themselves trying to solve a mystery that steadily grows more complicated - and perhaps dangerous as well.
    Call# G / J F G

    Heron, A. (1991). How would you feel if your dad was gay? Boston, MA: Alyson Wonderland.
    Call# J F H

    Salat, C. (1993). Living in secret. New York, NY: Bantam Books.
    Summary: Amelia's mother helps her run away from her father who has custody and establish a new home and identity in San Francisco with her mother's girlfriend.
    Call# J F S

  • Juvenile Non-Fiction

    Ford, M. T. (1998). Outspoken: role models from the lesbian and gay community. New York, NY: Beech Tree Books.
    Summary: Gay men and lesbians describe their personal experiences and how their sexual orientation has affected their lives. Includes lists of recommended books, magazines, movies, and other sources of information.
    Call# J 305.9 F

    Heron, A. (1995). Two teenagers in 20: writings by gay and lesbian youth. Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Publications.
    Call# J 305.9 H

    Mastoon, A. (1997). The shared heart:  portraits and stories celebrating lesbian, gay, and bisexual young people. New York, NY: William Morrow: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books.
    Call# J 305.235 M

    Newman, L. (1989). Heather has two mommies. Boston, MA: Alyson Wonderland.
    Call# J 306.7 N

    Sutton, R. (1994). Hearing us out: voices from the gay and lesbian community. Boston, MA: Little Brown.
    Call# J 305.9 S

    Willhoite, M. (1990). Daddy's roommate. Boston, MA: Alyson.
    Summary: A young boy discusses his divorced father's new living situation, in which the father and his gay roommate share eating, doing chores, playing, loving, and living.

  • Children’s Poetry

    Merrell, B. (2003). Talking in the dark: a poetry memoir. New York, NY: PUSH/Scholastic.
    Summary: In an amazing narrative of poems, Billy Merrell tells an ordinary story in an extraordinary way.
    Call# J 811 M.


  • Young Adult Fiction

    Freymann-Weyr, G. (2003). My heartbeat. New York, NY: Speak.
    Summary: As she tries to understand the closeness between her older brother and his best friend, fourteen-year-old Ellen finds her relationship with each of them changing.
    Call# F F

    Garden, N. (1996). Good moon rising. New York, NY: Farrar Straus Giroux.
    Summary: Jan begins her senior year of high school not expecting that she will lose the starring part in the school play, take over as director when her beloved drama teacher becomes ill, and realize that she is a lesbian.
    Call# F G

    Garden, N. (2000). Holly's secret. New York, NY: Farrar Straus Giroux.
    Summary: When she starts middle school, eleven-year-old Holly decides to become sophisticated and feminine, change her name to Yvette, and hide the fact that her two moms are lesbians.
    Call# F G

    Howe, J. (2005). Totally Joe. New York, NY: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
    Summary: As a school assignment, a thirteen-year-old boy writes an alphabiography-­life from A to Z and explores issues of friendship, family, school, and the challenges of being a gay teenager.
    Call# F H

    Kerr, M. E. (1994). Deliver us from Evie. New York, NY: HarperCollins.
    Summary: Sixteen-year-old Parr Burrman and his family face some difficult times when word spreads through their rural Missouri town that his older sister is a lesbian, and she leaves the family farm to live with the daughter of the town's banker.
    Call# F K

    Levithan, D. (2003). Boy meets boy. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf.
    Call# F L

  • Juvenile Biography

    Krakow, K. (2001). The Harvey Milk story. Ridley Park, PA: Two Lives.
    Summary: The story of Harvey Milk, San Francisco's first openly gay city official.
    Call#: J B Milk.