Rainbow Reads

It may be the last day of June and thus Pride Month, but that doesn't mean the celebration should end today. Visit intersectional, inclusive bookstores such as All She Wrote Books in Somerville, MA. Or consider incorporating Pride into the look of your home, office, library, or classroom. How you ask? Using the colors in the Pride flag as our guide for organizing by spine color (and as inspired by our marketing director Jen Jones's suggestion regarding the Netflix TV show The Home Edit, known for organizing in rainbow color-coded fashion), below are the jackets of recommended LGBTQIA+ titles reviewed in The Horn Book Magazine and Guide/Reviews Database that collectively cover all reading ages; click here for bibliographic information on each of these books. We hope this list will inspire you to make your own rainbow book displays and that you’ll add some of these selections to your collection and return to them all year long. This list is certainly not exhaustive, so please share your own favorites (and their spine color!) in the comments below. Happy Pride!



White spine


Pink spine


Light Blue spine


Brown spine


Black spine


Red spine


Orange spine


Yellow spine


Green spine


Blue spine


Purple spine


Rainbow spine

Sarah Threlkeld

Sarah Threlkeld is an editorial intern for The Horn Book, Inc., studying towards an MA in children’s literature and an MFA in writing for children at Simmons University. 

Jake Koniszewski

Jake Koniszewski is an editorial intern for The Horn Book, Inc., studying towards an MA/MFA in children’s literature at Simmons University. 

Cynthia K. Ritter
Cynthia K. Ritter

Cynthia K. Ritter is managing editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She earned a master's degree in children's literature from Simmons University. She served on the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award committee.

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