Rainbow Reads for Grades 3-8

Recommended fiction featuring young gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning characters. Most books about LGBTQ+ rights can be found in the nonfiction collection under 305.9. Books about gender identity can be found under 306.76. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Children’s Fiction (J)

Author Title Call Number
BlakeIvy Aberdeen's Letter to the World
After a devastating tornado, Ivy finds comfort in her art and develops feelings for another girl at school. (310 pp.)
J Blake
CallenderHurricane Child
In the Virgin Islands, Caroline falls in love with another girl and together they set out in a hurricane to find Caroline's missing mother. (214 pp.)
J Callender
Melissa hopes the school play will help her share the truth: that she's really a girl, not a boy as other people think she is. (195 pp.)
J Gino

Junior High Fiction (Y)

Author Title Call Number
BarakivaOne Man Guy
When Alek’s parents send him to summer school, he thinks his summer is ruined. Then he meets Ethan. (255 pp.)
Y Barakiva
BellAlan Cole Is Not a Coward
Hoping to keep his brother quiet about Alan's crush on a boy, Alan agrees to a competition involving nearly impossible tasks. (262 pp.)
Y Bell
BigelowDrum Roll, Please
For Melly, going to band camp also means coping with her parents' divorce, changing friendships, and her crush on another girl. (306 pp.)
Y Bigelow
BunkerZenobia July
Zenobia, attending school as her true gender for the first time, must discover who is posting hateful memes on the school website. (313 pp.)
Y Bunker
When Mattie is cast as Romeo in the school play, she is confused to find herself attracted to Gemma, a classmate who is playing Juliet. (277 pp.)
Y Dee
DesaiBorn Confused
Shy Dimple comes into her own as she explores her Indian heritage and the exciting world of New York City. (413 pp.)
Y Desai
FederleBetter Nate Than Ever
Nate, who dreams of performing on Broadway, concocts a plan to run away to New York and audition for E.T.: The Musical. (275 pp.)
Y Federle
HitchcockOne True Way
When Allison and Samantha's friendship deepens into something more, they discover it's not easy to be gay in 1977 North Carolina. (213 pp.)
Y Hitchcock
HornerA Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend
As she sorts out her feelings of love, Cass, an introverted math genius, searches for a way to memorialize her best friend. (259 pp.)
Y Horner
HowardThe Whispers
Riley believes that if he leaves tributes for the whispers, magical fairies that grant wishes, his missing mom will come back. (229 pp.)
Y Howard
HoweTotally Joe
Joe writes an alphabiography—life from A to Z—and explores issues of friendship, family, school, and the challenges of being gay. (189 pp.)
Y Howe
Ash must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King's Huntress whom she loves. (264 pp.)
Y Lo
MellebyHurricane Season
Fig worries her father's fragile mental health may have terrible consequences and searches for new ways to understand him. (288 pp.)
Y Melleby
PancholyThe Best at It
Rahul searches for an activity where he can shine, while struggling with his mental health and questioning his sexuality. (336 pp.)
Y Pancholy
PolonskyGracefully Grayson
With the help of a school play, Grayson, a transgender girl, learns to accept her true identity and share it with the world. (243 pp.)
Y Polonsky
RiordanThe Sword of Summer
Magnus Chase, son of a Norse god, must save the world with the help of his friends, among them Alex, who is genderqueer. (497 pp.)
Y Riordan
SanchezSo Hard to Say
When Xio starts thinking of Frederick, the new boy, as her boyfriend, Frederick must confront his fear that he might be gay. (230 pp.)
Y Sanchez
WoodsonThe House You Pass on the Way
When Staggerlee spends a summer with her cousin Trout, she begins to question her sexuality. (99 pp.)
Y Woodson

Comics & Graphic Novels

Author Title Call Number
O'NeillPrincess Princess Ever After
As heroic Amira and kind Sadie adventure across the kingdom, they discover that they bring out the very best in the other person. (53 pp.)
Y Comic ON
OstertagThe Witch Boy
In Aster's family, girls become witches, and boys become shapeshifters. Aster must summon his courage to be who he truly is: a witch. (210 pp.)
Y Comic OS
WangThe Prince and the Dressmaker
Prince Sebastian loves wearing daring dresses, trusting only his dressmaker friend Frances with his secret. (276 pp.)
Y Comic WA

Last Updated: 9/19


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