Best of YA: LGBTQ+ Representation!

Happy Pride Month! 🥳🏳️‍🌈

What better time to put together a list of some LGBTQ+ reads that you can find in your local YA section?! I’m finally back with another instalment of the Best of YA! With my work as a Children’s Bookseller, with a focus on YA, I’m always looking at new releases and new trends and what’s currently popular – and I LOVE IT! Having a good knowledge of what books are on offer mean that I can offer the best recommendations possible to any customers who need a hand, so I thought I’d use a little bit of all that learning to make the Best of YA series!

This time I wanted to focus on LGBTQ+ representation. One of my favourite parts of the YA section I run is our Pride table – it’s been there for years and I definitely have no plans to get rid of it! Literature is, thankfully, becoming more and more diverse and children’s and YA books are no exception. Everyone deserves to see themselves in a story and I’m so glad that that’s beginning to become more of a reality. If you’re in the market for a recommendation, here are a few books to give you a head start! I’ll also try and keep this updated as I find more books that would fit in this list.

NOTE: blurbs aren’t included as this post would be super long if they were, but there are links to all of the info on Goodreads. Also, I haven’t included every book by these authors but often lots of their work fits somewhere on this list! I’ve also included some non-fiction titles that every good YA section should have.


L

The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown

The Miseducated of Cameron Post by Emily M Danforth

If You Could be Mine by Sara Farizan

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

Run by Kody Keplinger

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Eight Pieces of Silva by Patrice Lawrence

Prom by Saundra Mitchell

Not my Problem by Ciara Smyth

It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura

Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe

G

Yay! You’re Gay! Now What? by Riyadh Khalaf

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Wranglestone by Darren Charlton

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green

Heartbreak Boys by Simon James Green

Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green

Two Boys Kissing by David Leviathan

Here the Whole Time by Vitor Martins

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye

B

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

We Are Young by Cat Clarke

Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar

We Are Totally Normal by Rahul Kanakia

Ship It by Britta Lundin
(also a pansexual character)

Odd One Out by Nic Stone

T

Trans Mission by Alex Bertie

Trans Teen Survival Guide by Owl and Fox Fisher

What’s the T? by Juno Dawson

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Birthday by Meredith Russo

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

Q

All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M Johnson

Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by L C Rosen

A

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Lets Talk About Love by Claire Kann

That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Loveless by Alice Oseman

+

Free to be Me by Dom & Ink

Proud by Juno Dawson et al.

The Book is Gay by Juno Dawson

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
(* drag)

I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
(* non binary main character)

Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett
(* discussion of AIDs and HIV)

Boy Queen by George Lester
(* drag)

Where We Go From Here by Lucas Rocha
(* discussion of AIDs and HIV)


And there we have it! A good start on a list of some LGBTQ+ representation to be found in the YA section. I’m sure I haven’t included everything but it’s not bad as a starting point  What do you think? Are there any more that you’d recommend? Have you read any of the books on this list? I’d love to know! 

You can always find me over on Twitter if you’d like to discuss these books (or any others that I’ve featured) in more detail 😌

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