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Reading Your Way Through LGBTQ+ Month

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February is LGBTQ+ Month here in the UK. It’s a month dedicated to celebrating LGBTQ+ people and culture, and for us that leads straight to the excellent and ever-growing list of LGBTQ+ led books.

To contribute to the brilliant book compilations popping-up all over the internet this month, we thought we would add our name to the roster and spotlight some of our favourite reads featuring LGBTQ+ characters or narratives.


8-12

Cover image for Toad Attack by Patrice Lawrence - illustration featuring a young boy and girl running away from lots of jumping toadsTOAD ATTACK by Patrice Lawrence
Coming March 2019!

It’s another normal morning for Leo – until a toad lands on his head. A flying toad! Before Leo knows it, the toads are everywhere, munching through gardens and causing chaos around town. Upper Dab’s angry residents are ready to take matters into their own hands – but where did the toads come from? And what are they doing here? Together with his best friend Rosa, Leo needs to come up with some answers before the toads become toast!

 

Cover image for The OMG Blog by Karen McCombie - features an instagram like grid of different pictures and the words OMG Blog written in glitterTHE OMG BLOG by Karen McCombie

When Jessie, Shanice, Rose and Zarah meet in detention, they realise they all have one thing in common – crazy mums. From the Insta-stalker to the foghorn-voiced bossy boots, each girl has a mum-shaped millstone round her neck. What they need is a place to let off steam, and friends who understand. Soon the OMG blog is born, the mums’ exploits are published for the world to see and the girls have their sights set on a big blogging competition. What could possibly go wrong?

 


TEEN & YA

Cover image for Unboxed by Non Pratt - a dark blue mottled background with golden flecks like stars, with an illustration of five stick people holding hands, the centre stick person is not filled in like the othersUNBOXED by Non Pratt

Alix, Ben, Zara and Dean meet at their old school to keep a longstanding promise to open a memory box they left there when they were thirteen. But there is a gaping hole – their friend Millie has died. When they open the box, secrets tumble out and old feelings rise to the surface.

 

 

 

Stay a Little Longer cover image

STAY A LITTLE LONGER by Bali Rai

Contains sensitive content which may not be suitable for younger readers

Aman’s dad is gone, leaving her feeling lost and alone. She struggles to talk about it, but it’s a fact and he isn’t coming back. When a lovely man called Gurnam moves in to her street and saves Aman from some local bullies, he and Aman quickly become friends, perhaps even like family. But Gurnam has his own sadness. One that’s far bigger than Aman can understand, and it’s tearing his life apart.

 

 

Cover image for Zebra Crossing Soul Song by Sita Brahmachari - An image a young black man smiling and wearing headphones, the words Zebra Crossing Soul Song are displayed in front of himZEBRA CROSSING SOUL SONG by Sita Brahmachari

Year after year, on those black and white stripes, Otis keeps Lenny safe. He teaches him to laugh, to sing and to be wise. But as Lenny grows up, the pressure of life soars – for him and for Otis. Past secrets won’t stay hidden and memories must be untangled. And so, guitar on his back, Lenny sets out to seek his true path.

 

 

 

Cover Image for True Sisters by Keren David - a blue background, yellow and White flowers are arranged around the text TRUE SISTES Secrets can't stay hidden foreverTRUE SISTERS by Keren David

Ruby has had a lot of foster siblings over the years, but none of them have been anything like Clara. After growing up in almost complete isolation, Clara is distraught at being separated from her mother and overwhelmed by life in a world she doesn’t understand. But the more Ruby tries to help Clara fit in, the more she realises she has to face up to some struggles of her own.

 

 

Cover image of The Last Days of Archie Maxwell by Annabel Pitcher - A bright turquoise background with white lines like rain, rainbow text at the top reads Love is never a straight line, the title THE LAST DAYS OF ARCHIE MAXWELL is in white cursive text in the centre

THE LAST DAYS OF ARCHIE MAXWELL by Annabel Pitcher

Contains sensitive content which may not be suitable for younger readers

Dads leave home all the time. It’s not that unusual, really. Jack’s dad ran off with another woman. So did Mo’s. But Archie’s? That’s a different story – a story that Archie must keep to himself. If Tia found out, let alone his mates, his life would be over. But other people are guarding much deeper secrets of their own, secrets that will change the course of Archie’s days for ever …

 

 

Cover image of Until We Win by Linda Newbery - an embroidered image in the style and colours of suffragette banners, the title UNTIL WE WIN is in purple above an embroidered image of birds wings UNTIL WE WIN by Linda Newbery

When Lizzy meets Julia and Elsie her life is transformed – they’re Suffragettes, fighting for Votes for Women, and their passion lights a spark in Lizzy’s heart.  Lizzy’s new friends believe in deeds not words and soon Lizzy is caught up in the heat of the Suffragette cause. But rallies, protests and direct action place the Suffragettes in danger of prison – and worse.

 

 

If you would like some more suggestions of LGBTQ+ led books for younger readers, why not check-out these lists from our friends at BookTrust and the Scottish Book Trust:

Picture Books to celebrate LGBT History Month
LGBTQ Books for children aged 8-12

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