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Representation Matters: LGBTQIA+ Books for All Ages

Representation matters! Here are a list of books with wonderful representation of LGBTQIA+ people and families. This list is CERTAINLY not exhaustive, but it is a place to get you started. Whether you're a parent looking for resources for your kids, a teen wanting connection and understanding, a parent looking for answers, or an ally looking to be a strong support, this is the place to start! Find a book and get reading. It is never too early, too late, too young or too old to start. Happy reading, M.A.D. Friends!


  • I Am Jazz by Jazz Jennings & Jessica Herthel

  • A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss

  • Red: A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall

  • Love Is Love by Michael Genhart

  • The Family Book by Todd Parr

  • Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer

  • The Every Body Book: The LGBTQ+ Inclusive Guide for Kids about Sex, Gender, Bodies, and Families by Rachel E. Simon

  • Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders


  • Queer, 2nd Edition: The Ultimate LGBTQ Guide for Teens by Kathy Belge and Marke Bieschke

  • Gender Identity Workbook for Teens by Andrew Maxwell Triska LCSW

  • All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages by Saundra Mitchell

  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

  • Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

  • It's Not Like It's a Secret by Misa Sugiura

  • None of the Above by I. W. Gregoria

  • Luna by Julie Anne Peters

Parents & Allies:

  • Unconditional: A Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child by Telaina Eriksen

  • Always My Child: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, or Questioning Son or Daughter by Kevin Jennings

  • Straight Parents, Gay Children: Keeping Families Together by Robert Bernstein

  • Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth and Their Allies by Ellen Bass

  • The Transgender Teen and The Transgender Child both by Stephanie Brill

  • Walking the Bridgeless Canyon: Repairing the Breach Between the Church and the LGBT Community by Kathy Baldock

  • Twice Blessed by Balka & Rose

  • God and the Gay ChristianBy Matthew VinesBalancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community by Noach Dzumura

  • Embracing the Journey: A Christian Parents' Blueprint to Loving Your LGBTQ Child by Greg McDonald , Lynn McDonald, et al.

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