All ages: LGBTQIA+ book list

It’s important for children and LGBTQIA+ families to see themselves reflected in books. It’s also important for those who are not directly part of the community to learn about acceptance and equality. These titles for children celebrate diversity featuring great characters, stories, and inspiring people from the LGBTQIA+ community.

My Daddies by Gareth Peter, Garry Parsons (illustrator)

Inspired by his own experience of adopting with his partner, gay dad Gareth Peter wrote My Daddies so his sons – and other children with LGBTQIA+ families – could see themselves represented in books. Illustrated by fellow gay dad Garry Parson, the story follows a young girl who loves reading and goes on amazing adventures with her two dads. This is a lovely picture book to show children that families come in all shapes and sizes. (Reading age 2-5)

Forever Star by Gareth Peter, Judi Abbot (illustrator)

From LGBTQIA+ author Gareth Peter comes another touching picture book that’s ideal for bedtime. Forever Star follows Tim and Tim, who long for a child they can love and raise together – so they set off into space. The journey will be perilous, but they are not afraid to dodge meteor showers and zoom past supernovas until they find their very own star child. Judi Abbot’s charming illustrations perfectly complement Peter’s adoption-themed story. (Reading age 2-5)

JoJo and BowBow Take the Stage by Jojo Siwa

In the first tale of the Adventures of JoJo and BowBow series, JoJo and her ever-faithful Yorkie sidekick are getting ready to perform for their neighbourhood's block party. The pair are so excited. But then their costumes get slimed, the mics stop working and someone gets cold feet. Will they manage to put on a show? Former Dance Moms star, singer, actress, and author JoJo Siwa came out as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community at the start of 2021 and introduced the world to her girlfriend. (Reading age 5-10)

Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson

The Moomintroll family is back for another adventure in the third book of the Moomin series. First of all, Moominpappa finds a magic hat that turns out to have some unusual powers. And then two strange creatures called Thingumy and Bob turn up in Moominvalley, having stolen the King’s Ruby from the ghost-like Groke. The Moomins are beloved the world over, but did you know that there are many queer themes within Tove Jansson’s famous Moomin universe? One example being the characters Thingumy and Bob – they are actually based on Jansson and her first love Vivica Bandler. (Reading age 7-9)

The Extraordinary Life of Alan Turing by Michael Lee Richardson

The man whose maths saved millions of lives. Alan Turing was a mathematician, scientist and codebreaker who helped defeat the Nazis in the Second World War with his incredible decoding of secret messages from enemy soldiers. Discover his life story in this beautifully illustrated book, from his childhood as a quiet boy who loved maths, to becoming one of the most important scientists and codebreakers in history.

The Extraordinary Life of Freddie Mercury by Michael Lee Richardson, Maggie Cole (Illustrator)

Freddie Mercury is the iconic lead singer of the British rock band Queen, but he was originally born Farrokh Bulsara.  Queen went on to have a hugely successful career, selling millions of records, and their set at Live Aid in 1985 went down in history as one of the greatest live rock performances. Mercury was also a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and had relationships with women and men throughout his life. (Reading age 7-10)

The Accidental Diary of B.U.G by Jen Carney

The start of an exciting new series full of Billie Upton Green's laugh-out-loud observations and doodles! There is a new girl at Billie's school, and Billie takes it upon herself to show her around. But then suspicion sets in. The new girl seems very close to Billie's best friend Layla. And doesn't she know a little too much about the latest big school heist - the theft of Mrs Robinson's purse...?

We Are The Beaker Girls by Jacqueline Wilson, Nick Sharratt (Illustrator)

Fans of Tracy Beaker have always speculated that Tracy’s foster mum Cam was a lesbian despite this never being explicitly mentioned in the first book, The Story of Tracy Beaker. This is likely because when it was first published in 1991, clause Section 28 was still in place in the UK, meaning that stories with LGBTQIA+ characters could be banned from school libraries. In My Mum Tracy Beaker, we see Cam getting close to Mary aka Miss Oliver, who is also Jess’s teacher, but it’s not until We Are The Beaker Girls that Jess refers to her as Cam’s partner! (Reading age 8-11)

Death in the Spotlight by Robin Stevens

Fresh from their adventure in Hong Kong, Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells are off to the Rue Theatre in London to face an entirely new challenge: acting. But the Detective Society is never far away from danger, and it's clear there's trouble afoot at the Rue. Jealousy, threats and horrible pranks quickly spiral out of control - and then a body is found. Now Hazel and Daisy must take centre stage and solve the crime... before the murderer strikes again.

In the seventh tale of the Murder Most Unladylike series, we also see Daisy fall hard for one of the actors, Martita, and confesses her feelings to best friend Hazel in a heartfelt conversation. (Reading age 9-12)

The Whispers by Greg Howard

Before she disappeared, Riley's mama used to tell him stories about the Whispers, mysterious creatures with the power to grant wishes.

Riley wishes for lots of things. He wishes his secret crush Dylan liked him back. He wishes the bumbling detective would stop asking awkward questions. But most of all he wishes his mother would come home . . .

Four months later, the police are no closer to finding out the truth - and Riley decides to take matters into his own hands.

But do the Whispers really exist?
And what is Riley willing to do to find out?

Magnus Chase and The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is well known for including multiple characters under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella in his books. In the Magnus ChaseHeroes of Olympus, and Trials of Apollo series we meet a variety of gay, trans, bisexual, non-binary, and pansexual characters. One of our favourites is the genderfluid child of Loki, Alex Fierro, who first appears in Magnus Chase and The Hammer of Thor. Magnus and his friends are informed that Thor’s hammer is missing AGAIN, and they need to retrieve it quickly, otherwise the mortal world will be in danger of a giant invasion. (Reading age 9+)

Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn

YouTuber and author Connie Glynn is part of the LGBTQIA+ community, so it comes as no surprise that the main characters in her Rosewood Chronicles series are too. In Undercover Princess, we’re introduced to Lottie Pumpkin and Ellie Wolf. Lottie is an ordinary girl who has longed to be a princess, whereas Ellie is an actual princess who wants to be ordinary. When the pair meet at boarding school they decide to swap identities! But someone is onto their secret. (Reading age 9+)

Max Kowalski Didn’t Mean It by Susie Day

LGBTQIA+ author Susie Day's books are defined by natural inclusivity, and the way they deal with complex topics in a sensitive and relatable way in beyond impressive. Day's touching story Max Kowalski Didn’t Mean It explores how boys are shaped into men, and that there are many ways to be a man. Things have been tough for Max since his mum died; his dad is having to work multiple jobs and so Max is often left looking after his three younger sisters. But then his dad – who he's always admired – finds himself in trouble and must disappear. Max needs to step up and be a ‘big man' even though he’s terrified. So, he and his sisters run away to hide at a remote Welsh cottage until their dad returns. (Reading age 9-11)

Love Frankie by Jacqueline Wilson, Nick Sharratt (Illustrator)

Frankie is nearly fourteen and teenage life certainly comes with its ups and downs. Her mum is seriously ill with MS and Frankie can feel herself growing up quickly, no thanks to Sally and her gang of bullies at school. When Sally turns out to be not-so-mean after all, they strike up a friendship and are suddenly spending all of their time together. But soon Frankie starts to wonder about the feelings she has for Sally. She doesn't want Sally to just be her friend. She wants her to be her girlfriend. But does Sally feel the same?