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June 9, 2016

10 LGBT Books for Summer Reading

As we continue with our theme of summer slide prevention, we wanted to open up Scholastic's list of suggested summer reading with a few more titles. Specifically, books that focus on LGBT characters. Navigating the world as a growing kid can be difficult, especially if they feel different from their peers.

The following books were chosen both to show LGBT kids that they are not alone and to educate their peers on what it means to be them! With June being LGBT Pride Month, this is the perfect time to use this list to start a conversation with your family about gender, sexuality and diversity! 

Ages 3+
What Makes A Baby
Not everyone can have a baby the same way! This is a simple and clear primer that families can be different.

Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
A blue crayon that’s mistaken for red, the funny, insightful and colorful, Red: A Crayon's Story is about being true to your inner self and following your own path despite obstacles that may come your way.

Mister Seahorse
When Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs, she does it on Mr. Seahorse's belly! She knows he will take good care of them. While he swims waiting for the eggs to hatch, he meets other underwater fathers caring for their babies.

Ages 4-7
Normal Norman
What is "normal?" That's the question an eager young scientist, narrating her very first book, hopes to answer. Unfortunately, her exceedingly "normal" subject—an orangutan named Norman—turns out to be exceptionally strange. 

Ages 5+
A Princess of Great Daring
When Jamie is ready to tell her friends that she’s really a girl inside, she gathers her courage by becoming a princess of great daring in a game she plays with her friends.

Love is in the Hair
Carter's up in the middle of the night, too excited to sleep: her baby sister is being born! She asks her Uncle Marcus to tell her stories about the beautiful things in his dreadlocks so she can relax and rest.

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress 
Morris has a great imagination. He paints amazing pictures and he loves his classroom's dress-up center, especially the tangerine dress. It reminds him of tigers, the sun and his mother's hair. The other children don't understand — dresses, they say, are for girls...

Ages 7+
Steven Universe (The Comics)
Steven and the Gems live in Beach City, where they repeatedly protect the citizens from magical, otherwordly happenings.

Ages 8+
A tender, ongoing comic series about a group of friends at Scout Camp who go on various magical adventures and discover their true selves.

Ages 10+
That One Kid Who Freaked Out, or Whatever
Seventeen-year-old Nicandro Stellan Colby is doing his best not to completely freak out, despite the fact that his parents named him after a romance novel zombie, he has no clue what to do after his fast-approaching high school graduation from middle-of-nowhere Wilmurth, Texas, and, oh yeah, he just accidentally asked out the boy of his dreams over the school intercom. 

Katie Diamond Katie Diamond is the Marketing & Design Associate at The New Victory Theater, where she gets to zoom in 800% on really intricate drawings and photos. When she's not at the New Vic, she can be found drawing pictures of various cephalopods. 

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