One of my favorite parts of being a librarian is doing book displays at my library! Here on my blog, I love sharing the behind the scenes of my displays, including everything you need to recreate the displays. If you’re a library worker, teacher, or bookseller, feel free to use this to make a display of your own!
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Hi friends! It’s my favorite time of year: LGBTQIA+ Pride Month! Both as a queer individual and a teen services librarian, this month is super important to me. It’s a chance to celebrate queer identities and also acknowledge our struggles and our paths to resistance.
Finding ways to celebrate Pride Month at my library is really important to me, because I want queer & questioning teens to know that they are valued and safe. One way to do this is with a Pride Month book display! I always look forward to this display each year because it’s basically an excuse to highlight all of my favorite queer YA books.
My display includes a letter-sized flyer in an acrylic sign holder, accompanied by lots of queer YA books. Want to recreate it? You can download my flyer below for free, and you can resize it and print larger to work for your library space.
But also, remember that you can & should celebrate queer books all year round! Don’t wait until June to hype these books up. Include them in other displays, reading lists, and book clubs–because our stories are valid and beautiful every day of the year.
(Alphabetical by author)
- Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
- The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum
- Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
- Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
- Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
- Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
- I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
- The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow
- May the Best Man Win by Z.R. Elliot
- Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
- The Disasters by M.K. England
- My Heart Underwater by Laurel Flores Fantauzzo
- All Eyes on Us by Kit Frick
- Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett
- Off the Record by Camryn Garrett
- Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
- Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson
- The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
- You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
- If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann
- Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
- Zara Hossain is Here by Sabina Khan
- Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
- Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee
- I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee
- Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger
- Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
- Blanca y Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore
- We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
- Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
- Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
- Even if We Break by Marieke Nijkamp
- The Last 8 by Laura Pohl
- The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe
- The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding
- Between Perfect and Real by Ray Stoeve
- Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
- Crier’s War by Nina Varela
- The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde
This list is just a small selection; there are so many others that fit the theme! There are so many incredible LGBTQIA+ books out there for teens (but we still need more, of course!).