We look for ourselves in fiction. A great book resonates with us as we empathize with a protagonist's struggles and triumphs, and encourages us to step into their shoes as they set off on a fantastic journey. Expanding our world with different perspectives is part of the thrill of reading, but it can be very lonely to only read books where there isn't anybody like you.
AbeBooks supports a future where younger generations can pick up a book and see themselves on the page - where they learn that they can be the heroes of their own stories, especially those with happy endings. We've put together a list of 30 YA books featuring LGBT+ characters or themes, one for each day of June - don't worry, we don't expect you to finish them all before the month is out! We also promise that you don't need to be a teen to enjoy the fantastic prose, compelling characters, and diverse perspectives in store.
Want to learn more about diverse YA and children's books of all types? Check out the We Need Diverse Books organization.