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Updated 5-26-2021
This list was created by a librarian with the Brooklyn Public Library. The books on this list are recently published titles recommended for kids, teens, and adults, to celebrate Pride Month 2021. Would you like your own personalized list of reading suggestions? Visit BKLYN BookMatch, here: bklynlibrary.org/bookmatch
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My rainbow
Book
Available Now at Annex and 6 others
Bushwick Library
Canarsie Library
Central Library
Gravesend Library
Greenpoint Library
Ryder Library
Author: Trinity Neal  Call Number: J-E NEAL  Published: 2020
Summary: A dedicated mom puts love into action as she creates the perfect rainbow-colored wig for her transgender daughter, based on the real-life experience of mother-daughter advocate duo Trinity and DeShanna Neal--
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What are your words? : a book about pronouns
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Author: Katherine Locke  Call Number: J-E LOCKE  Published: 2021
Summary: Ari knows a lot of words for neighbors, including the pronouns each prefers, and with help from Uncle Lior, who always asks What are your words, figures out which pronouns--and other words--fit best today.
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My Maddy
Book
Available Now at Brownsville Library and 10 others
Canarsie Library
Coney Island Library
Flatbush Library
Greenpoint Library
Highlawn Library
McKinley Park Library
Pacific Library
Red Hook Library
Stone Avenue Library
Windsor Terrace Library
Author: Gayle E Pitman  Call Number: J-E PITMAN  Published: 2020
Summary: A child celebrates her Maddy, who is neither mommy nor daddy but a little bit of both, like so many things in nature. Includes note to parents.
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The every body book : the LGBTQ+ inclusive guide for kids about sex, gender, bodies, and families
Book
Available Now at Fort Hamilton Library and 9 others
Highlawn Library
Kensington Library
Kings Bay Library
Kings Highway Library
Leonard Library
McKinley Park Library
Mill Basin Library
Ryder Library
Ulmer Park Library
Author: Rachel E Simon  Call Number: J 306.7 S  Published: 2020
Summary: This vibrant and beautifully illustrated book educates children about sex, gender, and relationships in a way that is inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Covering puberty, hormones, pregnancy, consent, sex, babies, relationshi...
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Sylvia and Marsha start a revolution! : the story of the trans women of color who made LGBTQ+ history
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Available Now at Bay Ridge Library and 10 others
Bushwick Library
Central Library
Clinton Hill Library
Kings Bay Library
Leonard Library
Macon Library
Marcy Library
New Utrecht Library
Pacific Library
Red Hook Library
Author: Joy Michael Ellison  Call Number: J 306.768 E  Published: 2021
Summary: Someday girls like us will be able to wear whatever we want. People will call us by the names we choose. They'll respect that we are women. The cops will leave us alone and no one will go hungry. Sylvia and Marsha are closer than sisters. They are ki...
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The sprite and the gardener
Book
Available Now at Bay Ridge Library and 9 others
Brighton Beach Library
Brownsville Library
Canarsie Library
Central Library
Clarendon Library
Clinton Hill Library
DeKalb Library
Eastern Parkway Library
Stone Avenue Library
Author: Rii Abrego  Call Number: FIC ABREGO  Published: 2021
Summary: Long, long ago, sprites were the caretakers of gardens. Every flower was grown by their hand. But when humans appeared and began growing their own gardens, the sprites' magical talents soon became a thing of the past. When Wisteria, an ambitious, kin...
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Meow or never
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Author: Jazz Taylor  Call Number: eBOOK  Published: 2021
Summary: Avery Williams can sing, but that doesn't mean she can sing in front of people . She likes to stay backstage at her new school, which is where, to her surprise, she finds a cat tucked away into a nook. Avery names the stray Phantom and visits any ti...
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Thanks a lot, Universe
Book
Available Now at Central Library and 5 others
Leonard Library
Macon Library
Marcy Library
Pacific Library
Red Hook Library
Author: Chad Lucas  Call Number: J FIC LUCAS  Published: 2021
Summary: Brian has always been anxious, whether at home or in class or on the basketball court. His dad tries to get him to stand up for himself, and his mom helps as much as she can, but after he and his brother are placed into foster care, Brian starts havi...
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Too bright to see
Book
Available Now at Brighton Beach Library and 14 others
Bushwick Library
Canarsie Library
Central Library
Clinton Hill Library
Flatbush Library
Greenpoint Library
Homecrest Library
Kings Highway Library
Leonard Library
Marcy Library
Midwood Library
Paerdegat Library
Red Hook Library
Ryder Library
Author: Kyle Lukoff  Call Number: J FIC LUKOFF  Published: 2021
Summary: It's the summer before middle school and eleven-year-old Bug's best friend Moira has decided the two of them need to use the next few months to prepare. For Moira, this means figuring out the right clothes to wear, learning how to put on makeup, and ...
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Beetle & the Hollowbones
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Author: Aliza Layne  Call Number: eBOOK  Published: 2020
Summary: Twelve-year-old goblin and witch-in-training Beetle enlists her former best friend, Kat Hollowbones, to help stop Kat's sorceress aunt from demolishing the mall where Beetle's friend Blob Ghost is trapped.
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Juliet takes a breath : [a graphic novel adaptation]
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Available Now at Central Library and 2 others
New Lots Library
Walt Whitman Library
Author: Gabby Rivera  Call Number: FIC RIVERA  Published: 2020
Summary: A NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL ADAPTATION OF THE BESTSELLING BOOK! Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn't sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But don't worry, Juliet has s...
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Continuum
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Author: Chella/ Lukashevsky Man  Published: 2021
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Elatsoe
Book
Available Now at Eastern Parkway Library and 4 others
Flatbush Library
Fort Hamilton Library
Kings Highway Library
Rugby Library
Author: Darcie Little Badger  Call Number: FIC LITTLE BADGER  Published: 2020
Summary: Imagine an America very similar to our own. It's got homework, best friends, and pistachio ice cream. There are some differences. This America has been shaped dramatically by the magic, monsters, knowledge, and legends of its peoples, those Indigenou...
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The magic fish
Book
Available Now at Brownsville Library and 15 others
Bushwick Library
Clarendon Library
DeKalb Library
Flatbush Library
Greenpoint Library
Homecrest Library
Marcy Library
McKinley Park Library
New Lots Library
Pacific Library
Rugby Library
Stone Avenue Library
Ulmer Park Library
Washington Irving Library
Windsor Terrace Library
Author: Trung Le Nguyen  Call Number: FIC TRUNG  Published: 2020
Summary: Real life isn't a fairytale. But Tié̂n still enjoys reading his favorite stories with his parents from the books he borrows from the local library. It's hard enough trying to communicate with your parents as a kid, but for Tié̂n, he doesn't even ...
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Hani and Ishus guide to fake dating
Book
Available Now at Bay Ridge Library and 13 others
Coney Island Library
Gerritsen Beach Library
Gravesend Library
Homecrest Library
Macon Library
McKinley Park Library
Mill Basin Library
Pacific Library
Paerdegat Library
Red Hook Library
Ryder Library
Spring Creek Library
Ulmer Park Library
Author: Adiba Jaigirdar  Call Number: FIC JAIGIRDAR  Published: 2021
Summary: Everyone likes Humaira 'Hani' Khan, she's easy going and one of the most popular girls at school. But when she comes out to her friends as bisexual, they invalidate her identity, saying she can't be bi if she's only dated guys. Panicked, Hani blurts ...
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Off the record
Book
Available Now at Central Library and 2 others
Flatbush Library
Highlawn Library
Author: Camryn Garrett  Call Number: FIC GARRETT  Published: 2021
Summary: When Josie Wright wins a contest to write a celebrity profile for Deep Focus magazine, she's ready. Jetting off on a multi-city tour, rubbing elbows with celebrities, frenetic handlers, stone-faced producers, and eccentric stylists, her world is expa...
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Cemetery boys
Book
Available Now at Bay Ridge Library and 19 others
Brighton Beach Library
Brownsville Library
Bushwick Library
Canarsie Library
Clarendon Library
Clinton Hill Library
Coney Island Library
Crown Heights Library
DeKalb Library
Eastern Parkway Library
Flatbush Library
Fort Hamilton Library
Greenpoint Library
Highlawn Library
Kensington Library
New Lots Library
Pacific Library
Rugby Library
Stone Avenue Library
Author: Aiden Thomas  Call Number: FIC THOMAS  Published: 2020
Summary: When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost o...
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Ace of spades
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Author: Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé  Call Number: FIC ABIKE IYIMIDE  Published: 2021
Summary: At Niveus Private Academy, Devon and Chiamaka are the only students chosen to be Senior Prefects who are also black, which makes them targets for a series of anonymous texts revealing their secrets to the entire student body. Both students were on tr...
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Love is an ex-country : a memoir
Book
Available Now at Bushwick Library and 1 others
Pacific Library
Author: Randa Jarrar  Call Number: 813.6 J  Published: 2021
Summary: A gay, Muslim, overweight, Arab-American woman describes her road trip from California to Connecticut to reclaim her autonomy and explore everything she has survived in life, schooling a rest-stop racist and destroying Confederate flags in the desert...
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Ace : what asexuality reveals about desire, society, and the meaning of sex
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Author: Angela Chen  Call Number: 306.7 C  Published: 2020
Summary: Ace delves into the lives of those who identify using the little-known sexual orientation of asexuality and shows what all of us can learn-about desire, identity, culture, and relationships-when we use an asexual lens to see the world--
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Slingshot
Book
Available Now at Park Slope Library
Author: Cyree Jarelle Johnson  Call Number: 811 J  Published: 2019
Summary: SLINGSHOT begins with the author ensconced in the menacing isolation of the pastoral, but once the work migrates to the City, monstrum grows form and fangs. In these messy, horny, desperate poems spun from dream logic, Cyrée Jarelle Johnson consider...
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Im a wild seed
Book
Available Now at Central Library
Author: Sharon Lee De la Cruz  Call Number: B DE LA CRUZ D  Published: 2021
Summary: In this delightfully compelling full-color graphic memoir, the author shares her process of undoing the effects of a patriarchal, colonial society on her self-image, her sexuality, and her concept of freedom. Reflecting on the ways in which oppressio...
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The disordered cosmos : a journey into dark matter, spacetime, and dreams deferred
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Author: Chanda Prescod-Weinstein  Call Number: 523.01 P  Published: 2021
Summary: Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is one of the leading physicists of her generation, at work on the origins of spacetime at the intersection of particle physics and astrophysics. She is also one of the fewer than one hundred Black women to earn a PhD in ...
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Love after the end : an anthology of Two-spirit & Indigiqueer speculative fiction
Book
Available Now at Greenpoint Library
Call Number: FIC L  Published: 2020
Summary: A bold and breathtaking anthology of queer Indigenous speculative fiction. This groundbreaking fiction anthology showcases a number of new and emerging 2SQ (Two-Spirit and queer) Indigenous writers from across Turtle Island. These visionary authors s...
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Honey girl
Book
Available Now at Coney Island Library and 1 others
DeKalb Library
Author: Morgan (Morgan A) Rogers  Call Number: FIC ROGERS  Published: 2021
Summary: With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, 28-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls' trip to Vegas to celebrate. She is not the kind of person who goes to Vegas and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn't know, until she does...
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Spellbound : a graphic memoir
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Author: Bishakh Som  Call Number: B SOM S  Published: 2020
Summary: The meticulous artwork of transgender artist Bishakh Som gives us the rare opportunity to see the world through another lens. The exquisite graphic novel memoir by a transgender artist, explores the concept of identity by inviting the reader to view ...
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The chosen and the beautiful
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Author: Nghi Vo  Call Number: FIC VO  Published: 2021
Summary: Immigrant. Socialite. Magician. Jordan Baker grows up in the most rarefied circles of 1920s American society-she has money, education, a killer golf handicap, and invitations to some of the most exclusive parties of the Jazz Age. She's also queer and...
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100 boyfriends
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Author: Brontez Purnell  Call Number: FIC PURNELL  Published: 2021
Summary: Transgressive, foulmouthed, and brutally funny, Brontez Purnell's 100 Boyfriends is a revelatory spiral into the imperfect lives of queer men desperately fighting the urge to self-sabotage. As they tiptoe through minefields of romantic, substance-fue...
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