Celebrating Pride Month through reading: Here's a librarian's list of LGBTQ books for kids and teens

June is Pride Month and there are lots of LGBTQ books available for kids and teens to read, according to Laura Peacock from the Waterloo Public Library.

June is Pride Month and Waterloo Public Library is marking it by highlighting their LGBTQ options

To mark Pride Month, the Waterloo Public library has a list of books available for kids, teens and adults. (Waterloo Public Library)

The Waterloo Public Library is celebrating Pride Month by highlighting a wide variety of LGBTQ literature and other materials for kids, teens and adults.

"It's been a response from the publishing world in the last five years that has really allowed us to have a much more diverse and inclusive selection," Laura Peacock, manager of collections with the library, said. 

To mark Pride Month, Peacock has a few recommendations that would make for good reads.

Books for kids 

Peacock has two books to recommend for young readers.

Prince and Knight by Daniel Haack and Stevie Lewis is a play on the classic fairy tale, where the damsel is rescued by the prince. 
Prince and Knight by Daniel Haack and Stevie Lewis is a great picture and read out loud book for kids, says Laura Peacock with WPL. (Waterloo Public Library)

But in this version, the prince and the knight work together to stop a dragon from destroying their kingdom and end up rescuing each other and falling in love.

"The illustrations in this book I particularly love, and the rhyming makes it a really great read-out-loud book," Peacock said.

Next, for kids ages eight to 12, Peacock recommends To Night Owl From Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer. 

Two girls discover their fathers are in love and find out they are being sent to the same summer camp. Just as the girls are becoming excited with the idea of becoming sisters, it is revealed that their dads' relationship is in jeopardy.

"What I really love about this one is how it displays the challenges of blending families and how the girls want their dads to be happy," Peacock said.

Books for teens

For teens, Peacock recommends Mariko Tamaki's graphic novel, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me.

For kids ages eight and 12, Peacock recommends To Night Owl From Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer.  (Waterloo Public Library)

She said the story illustrates a "kaleidoscope of emotion" and touches on the hard parts of being in a relationship.

"In the story there's evidence of a toxic relationship, but the graphic novel is really about re-discovering yourself and who you are outside of your relationship," she said.

Peacock adds there is some mature content and recommends this graphic novel for teens 15 and over.

Another on her list is It's Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender.

Peacock said this romantic comedy is a refreshing, light read because of the authenticity and diverse backgrounds of each character.

She adds this book would be ideal for younger teens.

More LGBTQ titles can be found on the library's website, here.

This graphic novel delves into the hard parts of a relationship, said Peacock. She recommends this book for teens 15 and older. (Waterloo Public Library)
June is pride month, so Waterloo Public Library is celebrating LGBTQ literature for kids and teens. Laura Peacock with the WPL has a list of recommendations. 5:41