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These are our top 30 favourite titles — fiction and nonfiction, in no particular order of preference (except alphabetical by the author’s surname, of course!) — that feature LGBTQIA+ characters or themes. Of course, there’s way more than just this in our collection. Check the Out On The Shelves booklists for more titles — if you find any that we don’t have, please let us know!

Updated August 2020

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda / Albertalli, Becky

One Man Guy / Barakiva, Michael

The Darkest Part of the Forest / Black, Holly

The Miseducation of Cameron Post / Danforth, Emily M.

Nemesis (series) / Daniels, April

Pet / Emezi, Akwarke

Symptoms of Being Human / Garvin, Jeff

Picture Us in the Light / Gilbert, Kelly Loy

How (Not) to Ask a Boy to Prom / Goslee, S. J.

Being Jazz : My Life as a (Transgender) Teen / Jennings, Jazz

That Inevitable Victorian Thing / Johnston, E. K.

Let’s Talk About Love / Kann, Claire

19 Love Songs / Levithan, David

Wide Awake / Levithan, David

Wayward Children (series) / McGuire, Seanan

The ABCs of LGBT+ / Mardell, Ashley

Invisibly Breathing / Merriman, Eileen

All Out : the No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages / Mitchell, Saundra (ed.)

The Prom / Mitchell, Saundra

Ramona Blue / Murphy, Julie

Queer, There, and Everywhere : 23 People Who Changed the World / Prager, Sarah

Juliet Takes a Breath / Rivera, Gabby

Simon Snow (series) / Rowell, Rainbow

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe / Sáenz, Benjamin Alire

The 57 Bus / Slater, Dashka

Lumberjanes (series) / Stevenson, Noelle

Nimona / Stevenson, Noelle

Girl ♥ Girl / Sutcliffe, Lucy

On a Sunbeam / Walden, Tillie

Brown Girl Dreaming / Woodson, Jacqueline


  1. vanessa

    Great to see this list on here! A couple of suggestions to add – ‘Dare Truth or Promise’by Paula Boock (one of the best NZ YA books ever)and ‘Annie on my Mind’ by Nancy Garden ( a classic, and way better than her other two on the list!).

  2. Thanks for the suggestions – I have added them to the list. Cheers!

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