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A High Five for Glenn Burke
A High Five for Glenn Burke
by Phil Bildner

After researching Glenn Burke, the first major league baseball player to come out as gay, sixth-grader Silas Wade slowly comes out to his best friend Zoey, then his coach, with unexpected consequences.

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Goldie Vance: The Hotel Whodunit
Goldie Vance: The Hotel Whodunit
by Lilliam Rivera; illustrated by Elle Power

In early 1960s Florida, sixteen-year-old Goldie, an aspiring detective at the Crossed Palms Resort Hotel, investigates when a diamond-encrusted swim cap goes missing during the filming of a movie at the resort.

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Too Bright to See
Too Bright to See
by Kyle Lukoff

In the summer before middle school, eleven-year-old Bug must contend with best friend Moira suddenly caring about clothes, makeup, and boys; a ghost haunting; and the truth about Bug's gender identity.

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My Rainbow
My Rainbow
by DeShanna Neal & Trinity Neal; illustrated by Art Twink

A dedicated mom puts love into action as she creates the perfect rainbow-colored wig for her transgender daughter, based on the real-life experience of mother-daughter advocate duo Trinity and DeShanna Neal

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Grandad's Camper
Grandad's Camper
by Harry Woodgate

A child who enjoys Grandad's stories of his travels and adventures with Gramps persuades him to fix up their old camper and take another trip, in honor of Gramps.

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Plenty of Hugs
Plenty of Hugs
by Fran Manushkin; illustrated by Kate Alizadeh

Illustrations and gently rhyming text follow two mothers and their toddler on a sunny day.

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Stella Brings the Family
Stella Brings the Family
by Miriam B. Schiffer; illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown

Stella's class is having a Mother's Day celebration, but what's a girl with two daddies to do? Stella has her Papa and Daddy, she just doesn't have a mom. Fortunately, Stella finds a solution to her problem.

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From Archie to Zack
From Archie to Zack
by Vincent Kirsch

Archie and Zack are inseparable, both in elementary school and outside it, but Archie is having trouble telling Zack about his love, so he writes a letter, from A. to Z.

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Pride Puppy!
Pride Puppy!
by Robin Stevenson; illustrated by Julie McLaughlin

A rhyming alphabet book featuring a family who have lost their dog at a Pride parade.

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Amari and the Night Brothers
Amari and the Night Brothers
by B.B. Alston; illustrated by Godwin Akpan

Thirteen-year-old Amari, a poor Black girl from the projects, gets an invitation from her missing brother to join the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs and join in the fight against an evil magician.