10 Graphic Novels with LGBTQ+ Characters and Themes

By Kerry McGuire
With their shorter sentence structure and stunning illustrations, graphic novels are a great tool for encouraging reluctant or struggling readers to pick up a book. So for this month’s Accelerated Reader booklist, we’ve chosen ten great graphic novels with LGBTQ+ characters or themes. Happy quizzing!



The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
MY | Quiz #239963 | BL 3.3 | Oni Press
After discovering a lost Tea Dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of Tea Dragon caretaking from the kind teashop owners.

Princess: Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill
MY | Quiz # 239962| BL 2.5 | Oni Press
When the heroic princess Amira rescues the kind-hearted princess Sadie from her tower prison, neither expects to find a true friend in the bargain. Yet as they adventure across the kingdom, they discover that they bring out the very best in each other.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
MY + | Quiz # 240760 | BL 3.1 | Harper Collins
A spunky young shapeshifter teams up with a rogue knight in her quest for understanding, acceptance, chaos, and supervillainy.


Drama by Raina Telgemeier
MY + | Quiz # 229322 | BL 2.3 | Scholastic Press
Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a school production of Moon Over Mississippi as various relationships start and end and others never quite get going.

Heartstopper Volume 3 by Alice Oseman
UY | Quiz # 238504 | BL 2.7 | Hodder Children’s Books 
In part three of this series about love, friendship, sexuality and mental illness, Charlie and Nick are officially boyfriends, Nick’s older brother comes home from uni, and the boys go on a school trip to Paris. Book four’s quiz is currently in the making!

Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women’s Fight for Their Rights by Mikki Kendall and Anna D’Amico
UY | Quiz # 240559 | BL 3.5 | Ten Speed Press
This non-fiction graphic novel details notable women throughout history and the key figures and events that have advanced women’s rights from antiquity to the modern era. In addition, this compelling book illuminates the stories of LGBTQ liberation.


The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen
UY | Quiz #239894 | BL 3.0 | Random House
Tien loves his family and his friends, but he has a secret he’s been keeping from them, and it might change everything. His Vietnamese family struggle with their English, is there a way to tell them he’s gay?

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki
UY | Quiz # 238610 | BL 2.5 | First Second
Laura Dean is Frederica Riley’s dream girl, but their on-again, off-again romance strains Freddy’s friendships and causes Freddy to contemplate the nature of healthy relationships.

Check, Please! #Hockey!  by Ngozi Ukazu
UY | Quiz # 239298 | BL 3.6 | First Second
Eric Bittle, former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and talented amateur patissier, faces new challenges as a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team.

Flamer by Mike Curato
UY| Quiz # 240800 | BL 3.2| Henry Holt & Co.
Aiden Navarro spends the summer before starting high school at camp, where he navigates friendships, deals with bullies and spends time with Elias.

We in the Content team love graphic novels and are working hard to add more to AR.  Please get in touch via Twitter to let us know about graphic novels you’d like to see quizzed, or alternatively use the usual request a quiz form.

Posted on 30 June 2021 at 11:04 am
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