LGBTQ+ Reading List

rainbow_booksThough the Virginia Center for the Book serves the whole state, our office is located in Charlottesville. This weekend, the 5th annual Cville Pride Festival will take place downtown, and we’re using that as a prompt to share a short list of recent recommended titles on LGBTQ+, sexuality, and identity issues that you might enjoy exploring:

Children’s Books

Worm Loves Worm by J. J. Austrian

Wishful Wedding by A. S. Chung

Annie’s Plaid Shirt by Stacy B. Davids

George by Alex Gino

Rumplepimple by Suzanne Dewitt Hall

Big Bob, Little Bob by James Howe

Normal Norman by Tara Lazar

The Answer by Rebecca Sugar

Young Adult Books

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings

It Looks Like This by Rafi Mittlefehldt

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson

As I Descended by Robin Talley

Adult Fiction & Nonfiction

The Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North

Boy Erased: A Memoir by Garrad Conley

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

Weekend by Jane Eaton Hamilton

Guapa by Saleem Haddad

Small Beauty by Jia Qing Wilson-Yang

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

The Nest bv Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Here Comes The Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn

If you’re in the area, stop by the Cville Pride Festival on Saturday, September 17 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM in Lee Park. In addition to plenty of other exhibitors, we’ll have materials about Center programming and the 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book. To learn more about Cville Pride, click here.