Pride 2022

Teens: June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month! To celebrate, the Stratford Library Teen Dept. is excited to offer Pride activities for teens in grades 7-13:

  • Pride Bracelet Grab ‘n’ Go KitClick here for details. Kits will be available (while supplies last) at the Teen Desk beginning June 7th at 3 pm. First come, first served.
  • Summer Campfire Tales: Teen Grab ‘n’ Go Kit – Featuring Heartstopper by Alice Oseman! Click here for details. Kits will be available (while supplies last) at the Teen Desk beginning June 7th at 3 pm. First come, first served.
  • uCreate: Rainbow Paper Grab ‘n’ Go KitClick here for details. Kits will be available (while supplies last) at the Teen Desk beginning June 22nd at 3 pm. First come, first served.
  • Teen Pride Party – Join us Wed., 6/22 from 4 to 6 pm in the Lovell Room! Click here for more information. No registration required. Bring friends!

Below you can also find a collection of LGBTQ-themed books available at the Library so you can Read with Pride all month long!

Read with Pride: LGBTQ+ Books for Teens

Click the book cover to view the title in the Library catalog.

She Gets the Girl (Lippincott, Rachael)

She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott & Alyson Derrick

“Alex Blackwood is really good at getting the girl she wants, but coming from a broken home with an alcoholic mother she finds commitment difficult, even when she thinks she is in love; impossibly awkward Molly Parker has a crush on the cool Cora Myers, but she does not know how to even start a conversation, much less make a connection; now they are all at college in Pittsburgh Alex decides to “help” Molly get the girl, while proving to her own flame that she is not just totally selfish–but things do not work out as the two have planned…”


Howl (Hutchinson, Shaun David)

Howl by Shaun David Hutchinson

“When no one in the small town of Merritt, Florida, believes that he was attacked by a monster, fifteen-year-old Virgil Knox fears the monster will return to finish him off, or worse–that he is becoming a monster himself.”





So This is Ever After (Lukens, F.T.)

So This is Ever After by F.T. Lukens

“Arek has managed to fulfill the prophecy and save the Kingdom of Ere from its evil ruler, but the quest is not over because until they free the princess locked in one of the towers he has to asssume the crown himself; only the princess proves to be very dead, and Arek is stuck as king; then he discovers that magic requires him to find a bride before his eighteenth birthday or wither away–but none of his female companions are interested, he does not want to marry a stranger, and anyway the only person he is attracted to is Matt, aspiring wizard, best friend, and secret crush.”


Café Con Lychee (Lee, Emery)

Café Con Lychee by Emery Lee

“Theo Mori and Gabriel Moreno have always been at odds. Their parents own rival businesses-an Asian American cafâe and a Puerto Rican bakery- when a new fusion cafâe threatens both shops, Theo and Gabi realize they can only achieve their goals by working together to cook up an underground bakery operation and win back their customers. But can they put aside their differences long enough to save their parents’ shops or will the new feelings between them boil over?”



Whisper Me a Love Song (Takeshima, Eku)

Whisper Me a Love Song by Eku Takeshima

“Himari’s never been in love. Then another girl’s rock performance awakens feelings she doesn’t understand… but her new idol, Yori, does! Bubbly, energetic first-year high school student Himari falls head over heels for Yori after hearing her band perform on the first day of school. Himari tells Yori she’s fallen in love at first sight, and, to Himari’s surprise, Yori confesses that she has as well! But when Himari realizes that she and Yori are feeling two different kinds of love, she begins to ask herself what ‘love’ really means.”


Kings of B’more (Thomas, R. Eric)

Kings of B’more by R. Eric Thomas

“With junior year starting in the fall, Harrison feels like he’s on the precipice of, well, everything. Which is why Harrison is grateful that he and his best friend, Linus, will face these things together. But at the end of a shift at their summer job, Linus invites Harrison to their special spot overlooking the city to deliver devastating news: He’s moving out of state at the end of the week. Harrison and Linus then make a pact to do all the things–big and small–they’ve been too scared to do. But nothing feels scarier than saying goodbye to someone you love.”


Out of the Blue (June, Jason)

Out of the Blue by Jason June

“Crest is not excited to be on their Journey: the month-long sojourn on land all teen merfolk must undergo. The rules are simple: Help a human within one moon cycle and return to Pacifica to become an Elder–or fail and remain stuck on land forever. Crest is eager to get their Journey over and done with. In Los Angeles with a human body and a new name, Crest meets Sean, a human lifeguard whose boyfriend has recently dumped him. Crest agrees to help Sean make his ex jealous and win him back. But as the two spend more time together, and Crest’s perspective on humans begins to change, they’ll soon be torn between two worlds. And fake dating just might lead to real feelings…”

Gender Queer: A Memoir (Kobabe, Maia)

Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe

“Maia’s autobiography charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, and grappling with how to come out to family and society. Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity–what it means and how to think about it–for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere.”


Flip the Script (Lee, Lyla)

Flip the Script by Lyla Lee

“As an avid watcher of K-dramas, Hana knows all the tropes to avoid when she finally lands a starring role in a buzzy new drama. And she can totally handle her fake co-star boyfriend, heartthrob Bryan Yoon, who might be falling in love with her. After all, she promised the TV producers a contract romance, and that’s all they’re going to get from her. But when showrunners bring on a new lead actress to challenge Hana’s role as main love interest–and worse, it’s someone Hana knows all too well–can Hana fight for her position on the show, while falling for her on-screen rival in real life?”

Home Field Advantage (Adler, Dahlia)

Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler

“Amber McCloud’s dream is to become cheer captain at the end of the year, but it’s an extra-tall order to be joyful and spirited when the quarterback of your team has been killed in a car accident. For both the team and the squad, watching Robbie get replaced by newcomer Jack Walsh is brutal. And when it turns out Jack is actually short for Jaclyn, all hell breaks loose.  The players refuse to be led by a girl, and the cheerleaders are mad about the changes to their traditions. And another problem: Amber and Jack are falling for each other, and if Amber can’t stand up for Jack and figure out how to get everyone to fall in line, her dream may come at the cost of her heart.

Heartstopper: Vol. 1 (Oseman, Alice)

Heartstopper: Vol. 1 by Alice Oseman

“Shy and softhearted Charlie Spring sits next to rugby player Nick Nelson in class one morning. A warm and intimate friendship follows, and that soon develops into something more for Charlie, who doesn’t think he has a chance. But Nick is struggling with feelings of his own, and as the two grow closer and take on the ups and downs of high school, they come to understand the surprising and delightful ways in which love works.”



Growing Up Trans: In Our Own Words (Herriot, Dr. Lindsay)

Growing Up Trans: In Our Own Words edited by Dr. Lindsay Herriot & Kate Fry

“This illustrated nonfiction anthology is a collection of stories, essays, poetry and art by transgender youth.”






How to They/Them (Getty, Stuart)

How to They/Them: A Visual Guide to Nonbinary Pronouns and the World of Gender Fluidity by Stuart Getty

“Ever wonder what “nonbinary” or “gender nonconforming” really means? Why would someone choose to identify that way? And how the heck do you use “they/them” pronouns for a singular person – isn’t it supposed to be plural? This charming and disarming guide promises to unpack all these questions and more, with a fun, visual infographic approach.”


Boys Run the Riot: Vol. 1 (Gaku, Keito)

Boys Run the Riot by Keito Gaku

“High schooler Ryo knows he’s transgender, but he doesn’t have anyone to confide in about the confusion he feels. He can’t tell his best friend, who he’s secretly got a crush on, and he can’t tell his mom, who’s constantly asking why Ryo ‘dresses like a boy.’ He certainly can’t tell Jin, the new transfer student who looks like just another bully… The only time Ryo feels at ease is when he’s wearing his favorite clothes. One day, while out shopping, Ryo sees someone he didn’t expect: Jin. The kid who looked so tough in class has the same taste in fashion as him! At last, Ryo has someone he can open up to–and the journey ahead might finally give him a way to express himself to the world.”

Cold: A Novel (Tamaki, Mariko)

Cold: A Novel by Mariko Tamaki

“Told in alternating perspectives, Todd replays the events that lead to his death in the local park, watching as detectives investigate his murder and talk to the students responsible for it, and meanwhile Georgia, who does not know Todd, cannot stop thinking about him.”




Burn Down, Rise Up (Tirado, Vincent)

Burn Down Rise Up by Vincent Tirado

“When an urban legend rumored to trap people inside subway tunnels seems to be behind mysterious disappearances in the Bronx, sixteen-year-old Raquel and her friends team up to save their city–and confront a dark episode in its history in the process.”




The Temperature of Me and You (Zepka, Brian)

The Temperature of Me and You by Brian Zepka

“Sixteen-year-old Dylan Highmark thought his winter was going to be full of boring shifts at the Dairy Queen, until he finds himself in love with a boy who’s literally too hot to handle.”





A Dark and Hollow Star (Shuttleworth, Ashley)

A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth

“A queer cast of characters-a half-fae teenager, a temperamental ex-Fury, a fae prince, and his brooding guardian-must track down a serial killer whose disturbing murders are threatening to expose the hidden faerie courts to the human world”





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