Pride Reading Guide 2022

Building on the Rainbow Reads reading list produced with An Post, our Pride Reading Guide contains 100 LGBTQ+ inclusive stories for young readers aged 0–18.

"Positive representation on the page is so important: it is crucial that every member of the LGBTQ+ community can feel seen and heard in the stories we tell. And it is clear that there is still much work to do to build empathy, understanding and allyship from an early age. Happily, the list of excellent books has grown since last year, and we hope it will continue to grow year after year."

This is a curated list of titles our expert reviewers recommend under the assigned theme. It is by no means an exhaustive list and we have tried, where possible, to include a spread across age ranges and genres under the theme. Our policy is to include titles dating from five years to date in English and ten years to date in the Irish language. Any titles by an Irish author, illustrator, publisher or in the Irish language will be denoted with a shamrock.

Each review in this guide comes with a suggested age range. These are based on the information provided by the publisher as well as our own judgement of the level for which the language and content is most suitable. In some cases you may see two or more age ranges e.g. 12–14, 15+. In these cases, we feel that the book is suitable for a wider age span.

These age ranges are a guide only – it is impossible to accurately predict the correct level for every child. If in doubt, parents/carers and teachers are advised to read the book themselves before deciding whether it is suitable for the child or young person.

Children’s Books Ireland produced this reading guide in partnership with An Post #ReadersWanted. We also wish to acknowledge the work of our Inis magazine and reading guide reviewers.