Books & Beyond

Rainbow Reads: Chapter Books

By Lisa T.
June 24, 2020

Looking for elementary and middle school books featuring LGBTQIA+ characters?   We’ve got you covered!  Here are a few new titles we love.  

Chapter Books with Lesbian Characters

The Mighty Heart of Sunny Saint James by Ashley Herring Blake

Hurricane Child by Kacen Calendar

One True Way by Shannon Hitchcock

Redwood and Ponytail by K. A. Holt

Chapter Books with Gay Characters

King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender

The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy

Martin McLean, Middle School Queen by Alyssa Zaczek

Chapter Books with Trans and Nonbinary Characters

Zenobia July by Lisa Bunker

Dragon Pearl by Yooon Ha Lee

The Moon Within by Aida Salazr

Chapter Books with Asexual, Questioning, and Queer Characters

Hazel’s Theory of Evolution by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

Rick by Alex Gino

Looking for more LGBTQIA+ books?

For younger readers, visit our blog post, Rainbow Books.

Check out the Stonewall Book Awards and the Lambda Literary Awards.

Ask a librarian  – hankering for a particular genre, say realistic novels featuring queer protagonists of color, or fantasies featuring nonbinary characters, or perhaps heartwarming stories featuring kids with gay parents, we can do that! We are here for you!