2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewell uprising, demonstrations against the 1969 police raid on the Stonewall Inn gay bar. That uprising was a watershed moment in LGBTQ+ history, and led to annual Pride celebrations in the month of June. As cities around the U.S. and the world tentatively reopen for Pride celebrations this year, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate the visible growth in LGBTQ+ titles available for kids and teens.
Where in the past we've had to make do with a few old faithful standards (Heather Has Two Mommies
continues to be a nostalgic classic), we're thrilled that in recent years, and this year in particular, we had a difficult time narrowing our list of recommended LGBTQ+ kids’ and teen titles. We're especially thrilled to see more and more unique identities, intersectional identities, and Own Voices narratives represented on these shelves.
Accordingly, for our Pride recommendations this year, we've limited ourselves to titles that have published since last Pride. This selection of primarily Own Voices books highlights some of our recent favorites for all age groups.
Happy Pride, and happy reading!
by Akwaeke Emezi
Discover more book recommendations for kids and adults on our Pride Month page.