Happy Pride month from Albert Whitman! Pride is celebrated every June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots. After an early morning raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York City on June 28, several days of demonstrations and protests created a turning point in the LGBTQIA+ rights movement, both in the U.S. and worldwide.
Each year millions of people across America celebrate Pride at festivals, events and parades, waving rainbow flags, dancing and celebrating equality for all. It’s also a time to reflect and discuss the current and future issues the LGBTQIA+ community faces in daily life, bringing awareness to a variety of important causes.
We hope you had a great time celebrating this year, here are some of our favorite LGBTQIA+ titles from Albert Whitman to help cap off the end of Pride month!
A Church for All by Gayle E. Pitman
Welcome to the church for all! A church where all are welcome regardless of race, income level, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Inspired by Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco and written by Stonewall Book Award-winner Gayle E. Pitman, this simple, lyrical story celebrates Sunday mornings at an inclusive place of worship.
The Spy with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke
In the second book in The Balloon Makers Series, siblings Isle and Wolf are hiding a secret from the world. No one knows they possess magic, magic that courses through their veins. When the U.S. government finds out, they are made to serve their country during WWII. Isle, a gifted scientist, lends her knowledge and magic to help fight the war, while Wolf goes behind enemy lines on a dangerous and secretive mission. Isle must prove her loyalty to the U.S., but when Wolf runs into trouble, can Isle find a way to help her brother and save herself before time runs out? In The Spy with the Red Balloon, Isle also identifies as bisexual, while Wolf is demi sexual and struggles with coming to terms with his own feelings for his best friend, who is away fighting in the war.
The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke
While in Germany on a school trip, modern-day teen Ellie reaches for a red balloon she sees floating in a park and is suddenly in East Berlin, 1988. Swept up in a conspiracy of history and magic, she meets an underground group that uses balloons and magic to help people escape over the wall. Ellie becomes close to mysterious Kai, and forms a friendship with whipsmart Mitzi, a lesbian openly defying the attitudes of the oppressive East German regime. Someone is using dark magic to change history, and Ellie has to make a choice to sacrifice her only way home or leave her new friends behind.
Bunnybear by Andrea J. Loney
The story of a bear who feels more like a bunny. He’d rather bounce in the thicket than tramp in the forest. In his heart he’s tiny, and not burly like a bear. The bears think he’s strange, and so do most of the bunnies. Will Bunnybear find a friend who understands him? Author Andrea J. Loney weaves a light-hearted tale with an important message about identity and acceptance.
South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf
Kaycee Jean McCoy would rather fit in than make waves in her hometown of Sunshine, Tennessee. In Sunshine, going to church is mandatory and gay is a mood, not a sexual orientation. That is, until Bren Dawson moves to town. Kaycee can’t deny the pull she feels towards Bren, with her beautiful, sexy, and impossibly cool attitude. When Kaycee is caught kissing Bren her world turns upside down. She must choose what to do next: keep pretending she’s straight or stand up for who she really is?
Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah Hoffman and Ian Hoffman
Jacob loves playing dress-up where he can be whatever he wants to be. Some kids at school say he can’t wear girls clothing, but Jacob wants to wear a dress to school. Can he convince his parents to let him wear what he wants? This sweet and affirming story shows the unique challenges faced by children who don’t always identify with traditional gender roles.
Promise Me Something by Sara Kocek
Reyna Fey moves to a new town her freshman year and just wants to keep her head down. But when Olive Barton, a strong-willed girl who is bullied for being gay, comes into her life, Reyna must make a choice. Will she stay friends with Olive or be fake friends with the popular crowd? Promise Me Something addresses such complex issues as homophobia, depression, suicide, harassment, and family dysfunction.
When Love Comes to Town by Tom Lennon
By all appearances Neil is a regular guy. He plays rugby and is friends with the popular kids. But no one knows that Neil is gay. Struggling to figure out who he truly is, Neil explores the night scene in Dublin. Will he work up the courage to reveal his true self to his world? First published in 1993 in Ireland, When Love Comes to Town is an honest and sometimes funny coming-of-age story.
All Kinds of Families (40th Anniversary Edition) by Norma Simon
First published in 1976, All Kinds of Families celebrates the broad diversity of American families. Not all families look the same, and that’s ok! Some are nuclear, traditional, divorced, interracial, include same-sex parents. But at their core, all families represent the same thing: love, caring, and supporting one another.