17 South Asian Desi LGBTQIA+ Books For Your Bookshelf

Celebrate Desi Pride with these LGBTQIA+ book  recommendations for young readers!

Please consider sharing this list with educators, parents, and librarians to help these books reach more young readers—readers who might need these books to feel seen and heard.

– Boteju, Tanya. Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2019.

– Boteju, Tanya. Bruised. Simon Pulse, 2021.

– Jaigirdar, Adiba. The Henna Wars. Page Street Kids, 2020.

– Jaigirdar, Adiba. Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating. Page Street Kids, 2021.

– Kanakia, Rahul. We Are Totally Normal. Harper Teen, 2020.

– Khan, Sabina. The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali. Scholastic Press, 2019.

– Khan, Sabina. Zara Hossain is Here. Scholastic Press, 2021.

– Kutub, Naz. The Loophole. Bloomsbury YA, 2022

– Narvankar, Ameya. Ritu Weds Chandni. Yali Books, 2020.

– Pammi, Tara. When Tara Met Farah. Kindle Edition, 2021.

– Pancholy, Maulik. The Best at It. Balzer & Bray/Harper Teen, 2019.

– Patel, Sonia. Jaya and Rasa. a Love Story. Cinco Puntos Press, 2017.

– Patil, Amruta. Kari. HarperCollins, 2018.

– Safi, Aminah Mae. Tell Me How You Really Feel. Feiwel & Friends, 2019.

– Sankar, Himanjali. Talking of Muskaan. Duckbill Books, 2014.

– Selvadurai, Shyam. Swimming in the Monsoon Sea. Tundra Books, 2007.

– Shraya, Vivek, Illus. Rajni Perera. The Boy & The Bindi. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016.

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