Middle-grade books with LGBTQ+ characters

The Last Firefox

All children deserve to see themselves and their type of family set-up depicted in books - but for many middle-grade readers, finding stories with LGBTQ+ characters can sadly be difficult.

Here, we've picked out our favourite middle-grade books which show, and celebrate, LGBTQ+ characters and families.

  • The Swifts

    Author: Beth Lincoln Illustrator: Claire Powell

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Swifts

    Author: Beth Lincoln Illustrator: Claire Powell

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    When Arch-Aunt Schadenfreude is attacked during a family reunion, Shenanigan Swift and her sisters must work together to identify …

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  • The Last Firefox

    Author: Lee Newbery Illustrator:

    Interest level: 8-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Last Firefox

    Author: Lee Newbery Illustrator:

    Interest level: 8-11

    Reading age: 8+

    A funny, enchanting adventure about a scared boy, a magical fox, a monstrous shape-shifting beast and finding the courage to prote…

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  • Cross My Heart and Never Lie

    Author: Nora Dåsnes Translator: Matt Bagguley

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Cross My Heart and Never Lie

    Author: Nora Dåsnes Translator: Matt Bagguley

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 10+

    Tuva is torn between two friendship groups – those who fall in love and those who don’t. But where does she fit? Charming and refl…

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  • The Amazing Edie Eckhart

    Author: Rosie Jones Illustrator: Natalie Smillie

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Amazing Edie Eckhart

    Author: Rosie Jones Illustrator: Natalie Smillie

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    Edie Eckhart is a feisty, funny 11-year-old who has cerebral palsy. She has to make some new special relationships when she moves …

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  • Glitter Boy

    Author: Ian Eagleton

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Glitter Boy

    Author: Ian Eagleton

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    James is being bullied at school, while dealing with grief and normal Year 6 worries. Can James find the sparkle in his life again…

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  • Sleepover Takeover

    Author: Simon James Green Illustrator: Aleksei Bitskoff

    Interest level: 8-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Sleepover Takeover

    Author: Simon James Green Illustrator: Aleksei Bitskoff

    Interest level: 8-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Otis and his mate Jagger are the class weirdos, so they're surprised to get an invite to cool-kid Rocco's sleepover party! When th…

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  • Proud of Me

    Author: Sarah Hagger-Holt

    Interest level: 9-13

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Proud of Me

    Author: Sarah Hagger-Holt

    Interest level: 9-13

    Reading age: 9+

    A beautifully written and everyday story of LGBTQ family life that’s perfect for any middle grade reader, especially for chil…

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  • To Night Owl From Dogfish

    Author: Meg Wolitzer and Holly Goldberg Sloan

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9+

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  • To Night Owl From Dogfish

    Author: Meg Wolitzer and Holly Goldberg Sloan

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9+

    Told entirely in emails and letters, this sensitive, often funny book examines what it means to be a family, and what happens when…

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