Books to Recommend for Pride Month

Books to Recommend for Pride Month

By Kate Humphrey

Every June is Pride Month, when the LGBTQ+ community, and allies, come together, to raise up LGBTQ+ voices and work to achieve equal rights. For more than 50 years, Pride has been celebrated with workshops, educational events, picnics, and parades. The world-famous New York City’s Pride March commemorates the Stonewall Riots that sparked Pride and is watched by millions each year.

Pride is a universal celebration of self-affirmation, acceptance, admiration, increased visibility, and the acknowledgment of the enduring battle for equality. With a wave of new restrictions on equality of LGBTQ+ people in society and in curriculum, it is important to continue to engage in awareness efforts so that all students and faculty have a safe space in our schools.

Now that we all have a bit more time to consider our summer reading, we have compiled a list of books that relate to Pride (with developmentally appropriate selections for younger students). Hope you can find something of interest!


Lower School

1. Bathe the Cat by Alice B. McGinty and David Roberts

2. Gay & Lesbian History for Kids: The Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights by Jerome Pohlen

3. Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill

4. When Aiden Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff


Middle School

1. The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

2. If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich

3. Rainbow Revolutionaries: Fifty LGBTQ+ People Who Made History by Sarah Prager

4. Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

5. Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler

6. This Is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them, and Us edited by Katherine Locke and Nicole Melleby


Upper School

1. Tripping Arcadia by Kit Mayquist

2. Continuum by Chella Man

3. I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston

4. I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

5. Sorted: Growing Up, Coming Out, and Finding My Place by Jackson Bird

6. Everything is Beautiful, and I’m not Afraid by Yao Xiao


For more resources on Pride, we encourage that you check out Pride Foundation, GLAAD, and The Center. For events, IGLTA is a great resource.

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