Happy Families

Happy Families Tanita S. Davis   Teenage twins Ysabel and Justin are both given a chance to tell their stories as they process and come to terms with their father’s coming out as a trans-woman. Not only is this a rare depiction of queer parenthood in youth/YA fiction, it is sensitive written with a wide…

None of the Above

None of the Above I.W. Gregorio   None of the Above is a wonderful novel written about a teenager who discovers she’s intersex in her final year of high school, and the fallout that comes with being unwillingly outed to her school. Throughout the story, the reader gets a glimpse into Krissy’s processing of what…

Juliet Takes a Breath

Juliet Takes a Breath Gabby Rivera   Juliet is one of my all-time favourite queer characters in fiction. After coming out to her Puerto Rican family, Juliet embarks on adventure away from her home in the Bronx to intern with her favourite lesbian and feminist author, Harlowe Brisbane, in Portland. Juliet comes face-to-face with the…

What Makes a Baby

What Makes a Baby Written by Cory Silverberg Illustrated by Fiona Smyth 36 Pages A kid-friendly educational resource that describes the basic biology of reproduction while also being inclusive of diverse family structures and stories. The book’s illustrations are bright and charming, drawing readers of every age into the narrative. What Makes a Baby has proven to be…

The Letter Q

The Letter Q Edited by Sarah Moon & James Lecesne This is a diverse and encouraging anthology of more than 60 letters that popular queer authors have written to their younger selves. Each letter is written with craft and care and is filled with honesty and wisdom that may never be delivered back in time,…

Totally Joe

Totally Joe James Howe   Totally Joe is written in the form of an alphabiography – a writing assignment given to Joe’s (the main character) grade 7 class, and takes place over the course of a year. Throughout his alphabiography, Joe introduces us to his group of friends, “The Misfits,” his family, the school bullies, and a…