Gay Pride Month PB, MG and YA Book Recommendations

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GayPrideBannerjpg-2129472_p9It is June, which means it’s Gay Pride Month, The French Open at Roland Garros and the beginning of my annual summer blog hiatus (to write a novel, just in case ya think it’s all about pina coladas, beaches and hammocks). As a big fan of diversity in all its forms in children’s literature and having read a number of superb LGBTQ books over the last couple of years, I wanted to give you a few of Miss Marple’s favorites to celebrate this month or as great summer reads. Where I have already written a review, clicking on the title in red will take you to that, otherwise links are to Goodreads.

Picture Books:

tangoAnd Tango Makes Three                                                          by Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell, Henry Cole (Illustrator)



one dad

                                                One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dad                             by Johnny Valentine, Melody Sarecky (Illustrations)



papHow my Family came to be: Dad, Papa and Me                   by Andrew R. Aldrich




In Our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polaccomothrs house





1000010,000 Dresses





The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson ferdninand


Middle Grade:

daysDays that end in Y by Vikki VanSickle                                                                                          





See you at Harry’s by Jo Knowles see you




pearlPearl by Jo Knowles                                                                                                                                       





The Misfits  by James Howe  misfits                                                                                                                          




nateBetter Nate than Ever by Tim Federle                                                                                                                        




Marco Impossible  by Hannah Moscowitz          marco-Bomb-mock-1P                                                                                                   




Young Adult:

miseducThe Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth





October Mourning by Leslea Newman october




aristAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz





Freakboy  by Kristin Clark





willWill Grayson, Will Grayson  by David Levithan and John Green





Shine by Lauren Myracle





deadBy the Time you Read this I’ll be Dead by Julie Anne Peters






Tricks by Ellen Hopkins





Thank you for your faithful blog reading and have a great summer!

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23 Responses to Gay Pride Month PB, MG and YA Book Recommendations

  1. Joanna, what a wonderful list! Thank you so much for compiling it. I am adding it (with your blessing) to KidLit411. Merci!

  2. Lori Degman says:

    Thanks so much for this great list, Joanna! Being a teacher, summer means more time for reading – and writing!!

    • Joanna says:

      Lori, when I was teaching I used to look forward to the mountain of books I would get to read over the summer!

  3. Sylvia Liu says:

    Great list, Joanna. I really enjoyed Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and a few of the picture books. Will definitely check out the rest.

  4. I recently read And Tango Makes Three and absolutely loved it. It is one of the few books I’ve given 5 stars to on Goodreads. 🙂 And, of course, Ferdinand is one of my all time favorite books! Can’t wait to try some of the others on your list.

    Have a terrific time off this summer, and hope you’ll get tons and tons of writing done! You’ll still hang out on FB, right, so I won’t miss you? 🙂 xo

    • Joanna says:

      Thanks, Teresa, I still need to visit those penguins in Central Park zoo! And, YES, I shall still be around on FB!

  5. Gayle Pitman says:

    Wonderful list! Might I also suggest my new book that just came out, titled This Day in June? It’s a children’s picture book about an LGBT Pride celebration.

  6. I really appreciate your compiling this important list. I know where to go to find some good books to recommend.

  7. Excellent list! I read “See You at Harry’s” not long ago — wonderful and wrenching. I’ve read some of the others, as well, but will add to my tbr list from this fabulous selection.

    Have a great summer, Joanna! Write lots, and if you go to see the penguins, give them my love!

    • Joanna says:

      I will say hi to those penguins, especially if I see Tango!

      Yes, SEE YOU AT HARRY’S is a beautiful tear-jerker. I love Jo Knowle’s’ writing!

  8. Yvonne Mes says:

    Thanks for putting together this list, Joanna. I will be sharing this with my contacts!

  9. Great list, Joanna. Have a great summer break. Wish I was on your side of the ocean and enjoying the weather. Take care and see you round, friend.

  10. Joanna says:

    Thanks so much, Diane. hope it isn’t to long until we meet up again on some continent.

  11. Great list of important books! I’ll miss you while you’re away! I hope you have fun!!! 😀

  12. Catherine says:

    What a great list of summer reads! Thanks so much for recommending these Joanna and have a wonderful summer writing!

  13. Thanks for the book recommendations! I hope you have a great summer. Happy writing. 🙂

  14. shirley says:

    Joanna, it’s been wonderful seeing your posts as you enjoy your summer! Wonderful that you’re taking the time to write abroad..I am envious! 🙂 Thank you so much re: 3-D Monsieur..I am overjoyed with him. Thank you for posting such a great post..I am off to check out your recommendations!

  15. JD says:

    Thanks for these great recommendations.

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