Happy Pride Month! Representation in stories for all ages can help spread compassion, teach understanding, and promote diversity. Take a listen to these heartwarming tales about self-discovery, then check out the entire collection of LGBTQIA+ audiobooks for kids and teens.
Danny didnâ€™t know what she was looking for when she and her mother spread out a map of the United States and Danny put her finger down on Tempest, California. What she finds are the Grays: a group of friends who throw around terms like queer and witch like theyâ€™re ordinary and everyday, though they feel like an earthquake to Danny. Lush, eerie, and imaginative, Amy Rose Capettaâ€™s tale (and the narration from Sophie Amoss and Brittany Pressley) overflows with the perils and power of discovery â€” and what it means to find your home, yourself, and your way forward.THE LOST COAST
Millie Quint is devastated when she discovers that her sort-of-best friend/sort-of-girlfriend has been kissing someone else. Heartbroken and ready for a change of pace, Millie decides to apply for scholarships to boarding schools. Soon, Millie is accepted into one of the world’s most exclusive schools, located in the rolling highlands of Scotland. The only problem: Mille’s roommate Flora is a total princess. She’s also an actual princess. Of Scotland. At first, the girls can’t stand each other, but before Millie knows it, she has another sort-of-best-friend/sort-of-girlfriend. Princess Flora could be a new chapter in her love life, but Millie knows the chances of happily-ever-afters are slim. After all, real life isn’t a fairy tale…or is it? HER ROYAL HIGHNESS
Zenobia July is starting a new life. She used to live in Arizona with her father; now she’s in Maine with her aunts. She used to spend most of her time behind a computer screen, improving her impressive coding and hacking skills; now she’s coming out of her shell and discovering a community of friends at Monarch Middle School. People used to tell her she was a boy; now she’s able to live openly as the girl she always knew she was.ZENOBIA JULY
Everyone assumes that Zee is a lesbian. Her classmates, her gym buddies, even her so-called best friend. Even Zee is starting to wonder. Could they be onto something? Everyone assumes that Art is gay. They take one look at his nice clothes and his pretty face and think: well, obviously. But there’s more to Zee and Art than anyone realizes. What develops is a powerful connection between two people who are beautiful in all the ways they’ve been told are strange. As they explore their own complex relationships to gender, sexuality, and identity, they fall for the complexities they find in each other.THE HANDSOME GIRL AND HER BEAUTIFUL BOY
Lily Jo McGrother, born Timothy McGrother, is a girl. But being a girl is not so easy when you look like a boy. Especially when youâ€™re in the eighth grade. Dunkin Dorfman, birth name Norbert Dorfman, is dealing with bipolar disorder and has just moved from the New Jersey town heâ€™s called home for the past thirteen years. One summer morning, Lily Jo McGrother meets Dunkin Dorfman, and their lives forever change.LILY AND DUNKIN
Marin hasnâ€™t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy sheâ€™s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything thatâ€™s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart. WE ARE OKAY
Itâ€™s been two years since Sam broke up with the only other eligible gay guy in his high school, so to say heâ€™s been going through a romantic drought is the understatement of the decade. When Meg, his ex-Catholic-turned-Wiccan best friend, suggests performing a love spell, Sam is just desperate enough to try. Enter three seemingly perfect guys, all in pursuit of Sam. Thereâ€™s Gus, the suave French exchange student; Jamie, the sweet and shy artist; and Travis, the guitar-playing tattooed enigma. Even Samâ€™s ex-boyfriend, Landon, might want another chance. But does a Perfect Ten even exist?PERFECT TEN