Perfectly Queer Little Library: Donation Catalog

Let’s make it perfectly clear that we support our perfectly queer youth in LFK!

Welcome to the soft launch of the Perfectly Queer Little Library project! We want to work together to get free, queer books into the hands of queer youth in Lawrence. This project is a direct response to the anti-transgender legislation we are seeing in Kansas and across America, and the ceaseless violence being perpetrated against our trans*, two-spirit, and queer youth. Perfectly Queer is a labor of love from your local trans* and queer booksellers, so we are excited to announce it on March 31, 2024—Transgender Day of Visibility. This is a project that we hold incredibly dear to our hearts, which succeeds when we come together as a community to show our queer youth that their existence is embraced and valuable.

Trans* and queer Raven booksellers have curated the list of titles below written by LGBTQIA2S+ authors featuring LGBTQIA2S+ protagonists. Once the Perfectly Queer Little Library is open, young readers who self-identify as queer will be able to come to the store to browse a physical and online catalog and take a book home for free. Books will also be distributed at community partner sites, such as youth programming at the Lawrence Public Library. While the official launch date of the little library is to be determined, we are currently aiming for the end of April 2024/beginning of May 2024. We will keep everyone updated on this page, as well as through social media and newsletters.

But before we can open the little library to the public, we need to stockpile some books! With this soft launch of the Perfectly Queer project, we ask you to donate copies of titles from this catalog, if it's within your means. If it isn't, we understand—please consider sharing this page with your loved ones, instead!

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us here!

Take these steps at checkout to ensure the book you purchase is donated to Perfectly Queer:

  • Pick out your book(s).
  • Add them to your checkout cart.
  • Indicate that your purchase is "for donation to the Perfectly Queer Little Library" in the order comments.
  • Congrats! That was super easy and now your book(s) will end up in the hands of a young queer reader here in Lawrence!

Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl's Fantabulous Memoir By Kai Cheng Thom Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780994047137
Availability: In stock at our distributor’s warehouse; will be at the Raven in 3-10 bus. days! More at ravenbookstore.com/ordering-faqs
Published: Metonymy Press - November 15th, 2016

At once a love letter and challenge to the traditional transgender memoir, Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars is a playful, surrealist dance through queer coming of age.


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Just Shy of Ordinary By A. J. Sass Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316506175
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 30th, 2024

In this heartfelt novel about family, friendship, and identity perfect for fans of The List of Things That Will Not Change and Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World, a thirteen-year-old nonbinary kid discovers that life doesn't always go according to plan—especially when they start public school for the first time. ​
 
Thirteen-year-old S


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Stars in Their Eyes: A Graphic Novel By Jessica Walton (Created by), Aska (Created by) Cover Image
By Jessica Walton (Created by), Aska (Created by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781338818796
Availability: In stock at our distributor’s warehouse; will be at the Raven in 3-10 bus. days! More at ravenbookstore.com/ordering-faqs
Published: Graphix - August 1st, 2023

A Stonewall Honor Book

In this lighthearted YA romance, Maisie and Ollie discover that nothing beats the feeling of falling in love for the first time.

Maisie is on her way to Fancon! She's looking forward to meeting her idol, Kara Bufano, the action hero from her favorite TV show, who has a lower-leg amputation, just like Maisie.


The Breakup Lists By Adib Khorram Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780593616390
Availability: In stock at our distributor’s warehouse; will be at the Raven in 3-10 bus. days! More at ravenbookstore.com/ordering-faqs
Published: Dial Books - April 2nd, 2024

Love is more complicated than “boy meets boy” in bestselling author Adib Khorram’s sharply funny new romantic comedy, set in the sordid world of high school theater


Transmogrify!: 14 Fantastical Tales of Trans Magic By g. haron davis Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063218796
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Published: HarperTeen - May 16th, 2023

Perfect for fans of All Out and Cemetery Boys, this anthology claims a seat at the table of fantasy literature for trans and gender nonconforming stories.


Obie Is Man Enough By Schuyler Bailar Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593379493
Availability: In stock at our distributor’s warehouse; will be at the Raven in 3-10 bus. days! More at ravenbookstore.com/ordering-faqs
Published: Yearling - March 28th, 2023

A coming-of-age story about transgender tween Obie, who didn't think being himself would cause such a splash. For fans of Alex Gino's George and Lisa Bunker's Felix Yz.

Obie knew his transition would have ripple effects. He has to leave his swim coach, his pool, and his best friends. But it’s time for Obie to find where he truly belongs.
 


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If You'll Have Me By Eunnie Cover Image
By Eunnie
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593403235
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - October 17th, 2023

“Super sweet and totally heartwarming!”—Alice Oseman, bestselling author of Heartstopper and Loveless


The Awesome Autistic Guide for Trans Teens By Yenn Purkis, Sam Rose, Glynn Masterman (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Yenn Purkis, Sam Rose, Glynn Masterman (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781839970764
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Published: Jessica Kingsley Publishers - June 21st, 2022

Calling all awesome autistic trans teens Yenn Purkis and Sam Rose want you to live your best authentic life - and this handy book will show you how

With helpful explanations, tips and activities, plus examples of famous trans and gender divergent people on the autism spectrum, this user-friendly guide will help you to navigate the world as an awesome autistic trans teen.


The Queer Girl is Going to Be Okay By Dale Walls Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781646142705
Availability: In stock at our distributor’s warehouse; will be at the Raven in 3-10 bus. days! More at ravenbookstore.com/ordering-faqs
Published: Levine Querido - November 21st, 2023

Publishers Weekly Best of the Year

Queer Love. Something Dawn wants, desperately, but does not have. But maybe, if she can capture it, film it, interview the people who have it, queer love will be hers someday. Or, at least, she'll have made a documentary about it. A documentary that, hopefully, will win Dawn a scholarship to film school.


The Best at It By Maulik Pancholy Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062866424
Availability: In stock at our distributor’s warehouse; will be at the Raven in 3-10 bus. days! More at ravenbookstore.com/ordering-faqs
Published: Balzer + Bray - October 6th, 2020

From award-winning actor Maulik Pancholy comes a hilarious and heartfelt middle grade debut about a gay Indian American boy coming into his own. One of Time Out's “LGBTQ+ books for kids to read during Pride Month,” this is perfect for fans of Tim Federle’s Nate series.


Surviving the City By Tasha Spillett, Natasha Donovan (Illustrator), Donovan Yaciuk (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tasha Spillett, Natasha Donovan (Illustrator), Donovan Yaciuk (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781553797562
Availability: In stock at our distributor’s warehouse; will be at the Raven in 3-10 bus. days! More at ravenbookstore.com/ordering-faqs
Published: Highwater Press - March 1st, 2019

Miikwan and Dez are best friends. Miikwan is Anishinaabe; Dez is Inninew. Together, the teens navigate the challenges of growing up in an urban landscape--they're so close, they even completed their Berry Fast together. However, when Dez's grandmother becomes too sick, Dez is told she can't stay with her anymore.


Elatsoe By Darcie Little Badger, Rovina Cai (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Darcie Little Badger, Rovina Cai (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781646142767
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Published: Levine Querido - October 31st, 2023

One of TIME Magazine's Top 100 Fantasy Novels of All Time -- Now in Paperback!

Locus Award Winner—Best First Novel  

A National Indie Bestseller

Nebula Award Finalist

Lodestar Award Finalist

Ignyte Award Finalist

TIME’s Best 100 Fantasy Books of All Time

NPR Best of the Year

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How to Understand Your Gender: A Practical Guide for Exploring Who You Are By Alex Iantaffi, Meg-John Barker Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781785927461
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Published: Jessica Kingsley Publishers - September 21st, 2017

'Excellent' KATE BORNSTEIN
'The compassionate, accessible manual the world has been waiting for' LAURIE PENNY

Have you ever questioned your own gender identity? Do you know somebody who is transgender or who identifies as non-binary? Do you ever feel confused when people talk about gender diversity?


A High Five for Glenn Burke By Phil Bildner Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781250763280
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Published: Square Fish - February 23rd, 2021

A heartfelt and relatable novel from Phil Bildner, weaving the real history of Los Angeles Dodger and Oakland Athletic Glenn Burke--the first professional baseball player to come out as gay--into the story of a middle-school kid learning to be himself.


Junkwraith By Ellinor Richey Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781603095006
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - January 18th, 2022

What she once possessed... now threatens to possess her. This vibrant Swedish debut graphic novel is an epic quest for the things left behind, with icy-cool artwork and astonishing sci-fi settings.


Amazing Ace, Awesome Aro: An Illustrated Exploration By Victoria Barron Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781839977145
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Published: Jessica Kingsley Publishers - June 21st, 2023

The split attraction model? Alterous Love? Queerplatonic relationships?
From the creator of Perfectly Queer: An Illustrated Introduction, this bold and brilliantly illustrated guide is written for anyone looking to explore the beautiful ace and aro communities; the acefluxes, the arospikes, the demis, the greys, the frays and more.


Fire Song By Adam Garnet Jones Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781554519774
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Published: Annick Press - March 13th, 2018

How can Shane reconcile his feelings for David with his desire for a better life? Shane is still reeling from the suicide of his kid sister, Destiny. How could he have missed the fact that she was so sad? He tries to share his grief with his girlfriend, Tara, but she's too concerned with her own needs to offer him much comfort.


This Is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them, and Us By Katherine Locke (Editor), Nicole Melleby (Editor) Cover Image
By Katherine Locke (Editor), Nicole Melleby (Editor)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593303979
Availability: In stock at our distributor’s warehouse; will be at the Raven in 3-10 bus. days! More at ravenbookstore.com/ordering-faqs
Published: Yearling - April 11th, 2023

The first LGBTQA+ anthology for middle-graders featuring stories for every letter of the acronym, including realistic, fantasy, and sci-fi stories by authors like Justina Ireland, Marieke Nijkamp, Alex Gino, and more!


Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American By Laura Gao, Laura Gao (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Laura Gao, Laura Gao (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063067769
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Published: Balzer + Bray - March 8th, 2022

Messy Roots is a laugh-out-loud, heartfelt, and deeply engaging story of their journey to find themself--as an American, as the daughter of Chinese immigrants, as a queer person, and as a Wuhanese American in the middle of a pandemic.”—Malaka Gharib, author of I Was Their American Dream


This Book Is Gay By Juno Dawson, David Levithan (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Juno Dawson, David Levithan (Introduction by)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781728254326
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - September 7th, 2021

The bestselling young adult non-fiction book on sexuality and gender!

Lesbian. Gay. Bisexual. Transgender. Queer. Intersex. Straight. Curious. This book is for everyone, regardless of gender or sexual preference. This book is for anyone who's ever dared to wonder. This book is for YOU.


The Henna Wars By Adiba Jaigirdar Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781645675730
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Published: Page Street YA - July 26th, 2022

Named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Best YA Books of All Time


"Impossible to put down." - Kirkus, starred review


The Witch King By H. E. Edgmon Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781335425843
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Published: Inkyard Press - April 19th, 2022

A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens 2021

To save a fae kingdom, a trans witch must face his traumatic past and the royal fianc he left behind.


Just Happy to Be Here By Naomi Kanakia Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063216570
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Published: HarperTeen - January 2nd, 2024

In this YA standalone perfect for fans of Tobly McSmith and Meredith Russo, the first out trans girl at an all-girls school must choose between keeping her head down or blazing a trail.

Tara just wants to be treated like any other girl at Ainsley Academy.