June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate and learn about the 2SLGBTQ+ community. The BWG Public Library has put together a reading list of books for Pride Month for kids and teens.
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’Twas the Night Before Pride by Joanna McClintick
This joyful picture-book homage to a day of community and inclusion — and to the joys of anticipation — is also a comprehensive history. With bright, buoyant illustrations and lyrical, age-appropriate rhyme modelled on ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, it tackles difficult content such as the Stonewall riots and the AIDS marches. As one family packs snacks and makes signs, an older sibling shares the importance of the march with the newest member of the family. Reflecting on the day, the siblings agree that the best thing about Pride is getting to be yourself.
Answers In the Pages by David Levithan
When Donovan left his copy of The Adventurers on the kitchen counter, he didn’t think his mom would read it — much less have a problem with it. It’s just an adventure novel about two characters trying to stop an evil genius. But soon the entire town is freaking out about whether the book’s main characters are gay, Donovan’s mom is trying to get the book removed from the school curriculum, and Donovan is caught in the middle.
The Best At It by Maulik Pancholy
Twelve-year-old Rahul Kapoor, an Indian-American boy growing up in small-town Indiana, struggles to come to terms with his identity, including that he may be gay.
The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes
Sixteen-year-old Yamilet Flores prefers to be known for her killer eyeliner, not for being one of the only Mexican kids at her new, mostly white, very rich Catholic school. But at least here no one knows she’s gay, and Yami intends to keep it that way. After being outed by her crush and ex-best friend before transferring to Slayton Catholic, Yami has new priorities: keep her brother out of trouble, make her mom proud, and, most importantly, don’t fall in love.
A Million Quiet Revolutions by Robin Gow
Two 17-year-old trans boys in Kutztown, Pa., struggling to understand themselves and their love for each other, are inspired by an online story about trans soldiers who fell in love during the American Revolution.