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)

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)

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?

Tales From Beyond the Rainbow by Pete Jordi Wood

Ten captivating stories of adventure and resilience celebrating LGBTQ+ characters, published as an illustrated collection of queer classics for the first time.

These are the fairy tales that history forgot - or concealed. Tales in which gender is fluid and where queer stories can have a happy ending.

From the humble sailor who finds his handsome prince to the transgender market girl who becomes queen, from Europe to Asia via the African savannah, LGBTQ+ folklore researcher Pete Jordi Wood has combed through generations of history and adapted ten unforgettable stories, each illustrated by an artist who shares heritage with the culture from which the stories were born.

The Last Firefox by Lee Newbery and Laura Catalàn

Between bullies at school and changes at home, Charlie Challinor finds life a bit scary. And when he's made guardian of a furry fox cub called Cadno, things get a whole lot scarier.

Because Cadno isn't just any fox: he's a firefox - the only one of his kind - and a sinister hunter from another world is on his trail.

Swept up into an unexpected adventure to protect his flammable friend, Charlie's going to need to find the bravery he never thought he had, if he's going to save the last firefox...

My Magic Family by Lotte Jeffs and Sharon Davey

There are billions of families, a million ways to be. But in my magic family it's Mummy, Mum and me!
Let's tell our family stories - fantastical and true - and we'll find out who's who to me, and who is who to you . . .

In this celebratory, reassuring rhyming story a little girl with two mummies shares the magic of her family and discovers how magic all her friends' families are too. This is a warm, funny read-aloud that's perfect for opening up conversations about different families in a playful, creative way.