101 LGBTQ+ Books For Youngsters

I’ve been anticipating when my annual LGBTQ+ booklist would cross over 100 LGBTQ youngsters’s books. How becoming that it’s on the tenth anniversary of this record. I’m thrilled to have 101 LGBTQ books for teenagers on this record! I sit up for updating these Satisfaction guide suggestions yearly, and like all books, some turn into much less related whereas newer ones higher deal with altering attitudes and social norms. I’m so glad that books that signify a wider and wider vary of individuals our kids and college students see on daily basis are being printed extra typically, However, simply because these lists are getting longer doesn’t imply they’re on all classroom or residence bookshelves. As you recognize many of those books are literally being taken off cabinets they need to be on. I urge you to incorporate a variety of these books in your class and residential, and never solely in case you have a pal or a scholar with two mothers. LGBTQ+ historical past is historical past, LGBTQ+ rights are human rights, and all youngsters and households should be represented. This 12 months I’ve sorted this LGBTQ+ youngsters’s guide record into three sections: board books, image books, and early chapter books. I hope this helps you discover what you want even simpler.


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These LGBTQ+ board books are fantastic for infants and toddlers however don’t neglect how a lot preschoolers love board books too. These space nice LGBTQ books for teenagers.


Love Makes A Household by Sophie Beer is a candy and easy board guide that’s good for any toddler and preschool class. The guide has a easy sentence on each web page about what love is like baking collectively, chasing away scary monsters, and snuggling as much as learn a guide collectively. Quite a lot of completely different household buildings are represented, together with same-sex and interracial {couples}. The necessary a part of this guide is that each household is proven as a loving norm there is no such thing as a effort to make one household an ordinary whereas others are “accepted” as completely different. There isn’t any lengthy rationalization, or any for that matter, or mentioning that this household is perhaps completely different from yours, only a bunch of households doing their factor. Nice for any classroom!



Love is Love by Micheal Genhart, Ph.D. is completely different than many of the different books on this record because it tackles the topic of discrimination and homophobia from a toddler’s perspective. The narrator is a toddler who’s pleased with his two dads, and as he talks about his household with a pal, it’s clear there are much more similarities between his household and his buddies with a mother and pop than variations. This guide can be fantastic for Prek and up, particularly early elementary age, as a good way so that you can talk about bullying and discrimination. in your class. I admire how the primary character is self-confident and pleased with his household. Too typically it’s anticipated {that a} baby from a household with same-sex dad and mom is straight away embarrassed by this. I cherished that the illustrations by Ken Min weave collectively a world view of pleasure as the identical tee-shirt the narrator is sporting reveals up on individuals all around the globe all through the guide.

Rainbow A First Books Of Satisfaction by Micheal Genhart, Ph.D. explores the pleasure flag and what every colour represents. The easy textual content provides every colour a phrase, after which the illustrations present households, each straight, lesbian, and homosexual, doing completely different actions that match that phrase. This colourful guide is uplifting and a terrific introduction to what the pleasure flag and pleasure imply to the LGBTQ+ neighborhood. I particularly like that there’s affection proven between a homosexual couple on this guide, and it stood out. I’m unhappy to say that two males kissing stands out, nevertheless it did, however in one of the simplest ways as a reminder of how far we nonetheless need to go along with inclusion. Books present affectionate heterosexual {couples}, and there’s no motive to omit some other kind of couple, so bravo for that!


My Two Mothers and Me by Micheal Joosten is one other board guide I’m excited so as to add to this record. There’s really a two-dad model too, however the books are so related I’ll assessment them collectively. The premise is identical in each books. The story follows a toddler with two mothers all through the day doing mundane child and child stuff. The textual content is somewhat tongue in cheek, which folks will admire. I like an excellent sassy remark right here and there. What I additionally love is that the illustrations on every web page present a distinct two-mom household. There are all types, and the dad model is identical. What I did discover was how lovely each human in these books is.

Satisfaction 1-2-3 is one other colourful board guide from Micheal Joosten. This easy counting guide makes use of all of the enjoyable issues discovered at a Satisfaction Parade for readers to rely. The illustrations remind me of the work of Todd Parr whereas remaining distinctly his personal, and the variety represented in each is fantastic. A enjoyable addition to your younger baby’s bookshelf for positive!



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Our Rainbow by Little Bee Books is a straightforward board guide that goes by means of the Satisfaction flag colour by colour, explaining what every colour stands for. Each colour is illustrated by completely different artists who give this guide a style of actual range because the completely different colours come collectively to make the flag. You won’t be conversant in a Satisfaction Flag with black and brown, however these colours have been added to some to have a good time members of the LGBTQ neighborhood which might be Black and Individuals of Colour.




Everywhere Babies

In every single place Infants by Susan Meyers and Marla Frazee. This guide celebrates all kinds of infants and all of the on a regular basis issues infants do. As a toddler, my daughter identified all of the infants on every web page as I learn the rhyming textual content. So perhaps you suppose what’s so nice about infants and textual content that rhymes? The reply is nothing. That’s not what makes this guide so superior. I like this guide due to its range, inclusion, and acceptance of all infants and households. The illustrations are stuffed with depictions of all kinds of households showering their smallest, most valuable members with unconditional love.

What I am keen on in regards to the range of the illustrations is that readers are left to place no matter assumptions they want in regards to the households within the guide. What I assumed have been two mommies, my husband thought was a husband and spouse. I noticed an older woman as a grandma, and my son stated it was simply an older mother. For this reason I like this guide; my daughter doesn’t see why this message is excellent. What she does see is all kinds of glad infants in all types of households being the norm. And that is the world we wish her to know. In my classroom, over the previous three years, this guide was a favourite for kids who have been having separation anxiousness. I’d calmly sit down, get this large board guide, and we’d take a look at the infants. It was such a terrific device to assist the kid transition from worry to calm and able to take part.

Households Can by Dan Saks is a rhyming board guide that highlights all completely different sorts of households. Households can look the identical or completely different from one another, they are often born within the nation they reside in or come from distant, they are often all completely different sizes too. There are a lot of extra variations of those examples with splendidly numerous and human illustrations. Whereas I am keen on Todd Parr one of many frustrations from ECE consultants is the shortage of household books as nicely written as his with illustrations of precise individuals. This fills that want with nice human illustrations with actual and ranging pores and skin colours by Brooke Sensible.


Satisfaction Colours by Robin Stevenson is one other board guide that goes colour by colour by means of the rainbow flag to focus on the symbolism of every colour merely for younger readers, however actually its easy message is for little ones to be who they’re and be cherished unconditionally for it. The pictures within the guide present a mixture of loving households and youngsters of various races exploring and in affectionate poses with household. Toddlers will love the colours, the pictures, and the easy rhyming textual content.


I’m simply so thrilled that this record is so long as it’s. So many nice LGBTQ+ image books to select from!


Neither by Airlie Anderson is a colourful guide about exclusion and inclusion. There has by no means been a bunny hen earlier than, so when one hatches and needs to play, the bunnies and the birds each exclude the bunny hen. Fortunately for our superior pal, they discover a new place the place individuality is well known and celebrated with LOTS of colours. Youngsters love guessing what mixture of animals make up every colourful creature and the message about inclusion and being free to be your true genuine self is loud and clear.

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An Abnormal Day by Elana Okay. Arnold. This guide made me cry, which is predicted, I’m a crier. Let me inform you why. This guide is in regards to the circle of life and simply how abnormal it’s. A toddler is born in a single residence whereas a household tearfully says goodbye to a beloved pet in one other. You already know that feeling when you’re grieving that you really want the world to cease and acknowledge that somebody you really liked is gone? Such as you simply wish to scream as a result of the whole lot is completely different however nothing is completely different? This guide captures that with out ever saying something about it. So why is that this guide on this LGBTQ booklist for teenagers? The household that’s saying goodbye is a household with two mothers. Like many books on this record, it’s not the central function however an necessary one for illustration. Stunning guide, simply make certain to have tissues readily available.

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Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian is a gorgeous guide about what actually issues when two individuals or worms wish to be married – love. Worm and Worm are deeply in love, and though they don’t match into the standard wedding ceremony customs, they nonetheless make it work. All their bug buddies take part with wedding ceremony planning, and as they hit questions like who would be the bride or groom, they settle for Worm and Worm’s choices on the way to do issues their manner. It is a candy image guide that helps to make the purpose that there’s not just one proper solution to love or have a marriage.



Morris Micklewhite and The Tangerine Gown By Christine Baldachinno has been a reader suggestion for so long as I’ve been publishing this record. Morris is simply who he’s and who Morris occurs to be a boy who loves to decorate up in an orange gown. The adults within the story don’t cross judgment. As an alternative, they assist this wonderful baby for who he’s with out labeling or shaming. It takes a while for all the youngsters to be accepting. However quickly, their similarities and mutual pursuits overcame the variations, and everybody performed collectively. Not a nasty lesson for the remainder of us!


uncle bobby's wedding

Uncle Bobby’s Wedding ceremony by Sarah S. Brannen is a candy guide about somewhat guinea pig, Chloe, and her points along with her uncle getting married. Now you may suppose that the issues are round the truth that he’s marrying one other male guinea pig, however that’s not it in any respect. As an alternative, the problems are about how shut Chloe is to Uncle Bobby, and he or she is afraid that when he’s married, that can change. It is a nice guide that normalizes same-sex weddings and focuses as an alternative on the issues that matter most to the youngsters. Youngsters don’t care that their uncle is marrying a person; they wish to know the way they’ll be affected.

Uncle Bobby’s Wedding ceremony – up to date with new illustrations. I like this guide, and the brand new illustrations by Lusia Soto flip it into a very completely different guide. As said above this makes the story extra relatable with people vs. guinea pigs. I like that they up to date this! Two of my favourite issues in regards to the up to date model are that Chloe and Uncle Jamie have glasses, in addition to the truth that Uncle Jamie and Uncle Bobby aren’t of the identical race. The added range creates a richer guide, I feel. Additionally, the illustrations are beautiful web page after web page after web page!

Daddy & Dada by Ryan Brockington and Issac Webster is enjoyable and brilliant and an excellent guide full of all types of households. This guide validates all households and goes by means of all of the on a regular basis actions households of any construction do collectively. The guide has made it a degree of together with numerous illustration in all its pages which I very a lot admire.

LGBTQ books for young children

Fred Will get Dressed by Peter Brown is a splendidly humorous guide with a unadorned child working round on the quilt, so proper there, you recognize younger children can be drawn to it. What’s even higher is that it’s a guide a few baby dressing the best way they really feel snug and in a manner that expresses who they’re, not who anybody else tells them they need to be.

A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo by Marlon Bundo and Jill Twiss I like this guide as a result of it teaches a variety of classes, however I additionally know that this guide can be exhausting to placed on a college shelf as a result of it is rather partisan. The story is about Marlon Bundo, Vice President Pence’s bunny, who’s homosexual and needs to get married. Sadly, he can’t as a result of the Stink Bug in cost will not be permitting it. The story is beautiful as a result of it talks about how individuals do have the company to make adjustments. It talks about how being completely different is nice, and love is love. Nonetheless, the ( hilarious) jabs on the Trump administration would in all probability actually actually ruffle many feathers. It is a nice guide, however I doubt many lecturers would really feel snug utilizing their classroom to so particularly communicate negatively in regards to the former authorities.

Cinderelliot: A delicious fairytale by Mark Ceilley is a candy ( pun supposed) fractured fairytale about Elliot a baker who’s determined to win the royal baking contest. With the assistance of his fairy godfather Ludwig and no due to his evil step brother and step sister he does! He additionally wins the center of the prince on the similar time. This guide ought to include a warning that it’ll make you hungry!



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ABC A Household Alphabet Guide by Bobbie Combs is a good alphabet guide that doesn’t goal to elucidate same-sex households; it simply contains them. There isn’t any point out of specifics as a result of why ought to there be? We by no means clarify heterosexual {couples} and households, so this can be a highly effective solution to normalize all completely different household buildings. The guide goes by means of all of the various things households do collectively, and there’s a large mixture of same-sex dad and mom, single dad and mom, and bi-racial households all doing their factor… being households collectively!

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A Peacock Amongst Pigeons by Tyler Curry is a humorous and touching look about standing out from the gang once you aren’t essentially attempting to. Peter, the peacock, tries to mix in with the pigeons, however he can’t, regardless of how exhausting he works. The story is about how, after he had left the pigeons, he met buddies who helped him see how particular he was and, Peter began to like himself. Nice story for each baby!

Be Superb: A Historical past of Satisfaction by Desmond is Superb( aka Desmond Napoles)  is a reasonably superior wonderful guide. This guide is all about LGBTQ historical past informed by a 12-year-old drag child. He shares historical past, and necessary historic LGBTQ+ trailblazers like Marcia P. Johnson. I feel it’s noteworthy that Marcia P. Johnson is the primary necessary individual talked about as a result of she wasn’t at all times given the reverence she deserved as one of many founding figures for Satisfaction. As a Black trans girl she confronted way more adversity and for years wasn’t acknowledged almost as she ought to have been. I used to be so thrilled to see her lovely portrait entrance and heart. It is a nice guide, too lengthy for any preschool storytime however fantastic for early elementary age for positive!



Miss Rita Thriller Reader by Sam Donovan and Kristen Wixted is a beautiful story a few baby and their mum or dad getting ready to be the thriller reader at college. Tori’s dad is a drag queen and at present he’s going to be the thriller reader at college. Tori helps their dad get into costume and into his drag persona Miss Rita. Make-up, wig, and sparkly jewellery in addition to gown and heels flip a daily outdated dad into Miss Rita a superb drag queen. Tori does pause for a minute and expresses that they simply need their classmates to like Miss Rita as a lot as they do and there’s a nice trade between Tori and their dad. He explains how that is simply what he wears to work but when they don’t need him to put on it, he can simply be Dad at college too. In the long run, Miss Rita reads and as anticipated she is successful! There’s a nice writer’s notice about drag queens which ought to undoubtedly be learn particularly in the event you aren’t conversant in the artwork of drag. It additionally covers one thing I observed – a nod within the illustrations to Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, two crucial trailblazers in LGBTQ historical past that deserve way more recognition than they received whereas they have been breaking limitations. It made me smile to see within the guide.


10000 dresses

10,000 Attire by Marcus Ewert is a narrative about somewhat boy who doesn’t really feel like a boy and desires of essentially the most wonderful clothes each night time. He tries to inform his household about his desires, however they brush them off, insisting that he’s a boy and boys shouldn’t dream of clothes. His household will not be accepting of him in any respect, and you will need to know that. It was exhausting to learn, however this was a chance to speak in regards to the adversity and pushback that many youngsters face. What I like about this guide is that whereas the narrator refers to Bailey as she, whereas all of Bailey’s household misgenders her. Solely Laurel, an older woman who accepts Bailey as she views herself, calls her a woman. The guide itself is amazingly artistic and a terrific guide about accepting and respecting individuals for who they’re, not for who society tells us they “ought to” be.

My Two Dads Are Superb by Pablo Fernandez is a straightforward little guide about how typical a two-dad household is. Ben’s two dads are similar to dad and mom all over the place, however they’ve a secret that makes them completely different, and Ben is somewhat shy about sharing it. I like this guide as a result of it does a terrific job of exhibiting the mundane on a regular basis relatable issues about all households, even ones with same-sex dad and mom.

Phoenix Goes To School by Michelle and Phoenix Finch is in regards to the first day of faculty for somewhat woman named Phoenix, who’s transgender. What I  admire about this guide is that readers meet Phoenix, and within the first few pages, we study that she was born a boy however identifies as a woman, after which the remainder of the guide is nearly college anxiousness actually. Why I feel that is good is that when a toddler is accepted for who they’re being trans is de facto only one factor about them, it doesn’t clarify their favourite colour or favourite flower, or in the event that they get up early and love to do handstands. I feel this little guide is very fantastic as a result of it does a superb job of exhibiting that Phoenix is rather like different children who wish to slot in.

Calvin by Jr and Vanessa Ford is an excellent information about how adults in a toddler’s life ought to react when they’re transgender. This guide is about Calvin, a trans boy who’s within the means of transitioning. The guide reveals all the perfect ways in which adults can and may react when a toddler tells them that they’re transgender. The dad and mom, grandparents, and lecturers don’t skip a beat and Calvin explains that he’s at all times been a boy inside. It’s not stunning that the writer’s notice on the finish explains one of the best practices for supporting trans youngsters and even provides citations for the analysis that helps this greatest follow. This guide explains what being transgender means very nicely for younger readers and the illustrations by Kayla Herren assist make it really feel much less like a lecture about greatest practices and extra like a narrative. This guide reveals us all the way it needs to be.

My Superior Brother by Lise Frances is OK. I hate giving books poor evaluations, however I’ve just a few points with this guide. The primary concern is that the kid on this guide is attempting to make their sister glad in actually co-dependent ways in which oversimplify what transgender means or the expertise of transgender individuals. The second concern is the writing isn’t very artistic or participating. I included this guide as a result of I do know many educators are keen to search out good books for his or her lecture rooms, and I wish to assist slender down that are and aren’t the correct books. This isn’t it.


Ho’onani Hula Warrior by Heather Gale is a candy take a look at Hawaiian tradition in addition to gender range. Ho’onani is a toddler who doesn’t really feel like a boy or a woman however quite within the center. When Ho’onani’s college is getting ready to carry out a conventional Hula chant, Ho’onani needs to be part of it, even when it’s historically for boys. The audition goes nicely, and shortly, she (Ho’onai makes use of feminine pronouns) will not be solely chosen for the efficiency however she is given the position of chief. Superior proper? Not a lot, her sister will not be glad as a result of she will’t perceive why Ho’onani “rejects” so many feminine issues. After all, ultimately, her sister realizes that she isn’t rejecting something; she is simply expressing who she is and the place she is on the spectrum of gender, within the center.

Molly's Family

Molly’s Household by Nancy Backyard had each my children captivated after I learn it to them at lunch yesterday. The story is about Molly, who’s in Kindergarten, and her two mothers. After she attracts an image at college of her household, a classmate tells her she will’t have two mothers. There are a lot of issues I like about this guide, however most of all, it’s the grownup reactions to this baby saying it’s not attainable that I discovered participating. Molly’s classmate that was positive two mothers was merely unattainable, wasn’t informed that he was unsuitable. As an alternative, the trainer mentioned how completely different each household was and the way Molly’s household was simply as a lot a household as his or some other. I cherished much more how Molly grew to become shy about displaying her drawing as a result of it provides adults an opportunity to speak in regards to the energy of phrases and the way dismissing individuals can harm. I additionally cherished how the following day, the little boy who was so positive that two mothers weren’t attainable was cool with it. He simply didn’t realize it was a risk, and I feel that may be a good reminder of why books like this matter.



They, He, She, Me, Free to be me! by Maya Gonzales and Matthew is somewhat guide that makes use of vibrant photographs of all types of individuals and their most well-liked pronouns. The message is obvious that pronouns matter and that who you may suppose is a he’s they and somebody you may name she is a he… what issues is that nobody however the individual determines their pronoun, and we respect that. It is a nice guide with plenty of sources on the finish to speak about why pronouns matter and their position in respecting others.



Maiden and Princess by Daniel Haak and Isabel Galupo is delicious! The maiden goes to a ball as a result of the King and Queen need to marry off their son, who is an efficient pal of hers, however when she will get there, she falls in love with another person, his sister. Two issues stand out to me about this guide; first, the royal household is Black with none point out of it, and they’re tremendous supportive of their daughter and the maiden falling in love. The illustrations by Becca Human seize the sensation of a medieval fort ball, and the rhyming textual content makes this a enjoyable guide to learn out loud.

Prince & Knight by Daniel Haak is the male counterpart to the earlier guide with just a few adjustments. This time the prince’s household is searching for a princess for him, however since he’s homosexual, none match the invoice. When he goes to slay a dragon, he lastly meets his real love, a courageous knight who was additionally going up in opposition to the dragon. They defeat it and fall in love. Two issues I like about this guide; each the prince and the knight are courageous and prefer to battle, and so they save one another. Additionally, like in Maiden and Princess, the royal household is supportive of their love and eventual marriage. Oh, and the dragon is fairly rad too.


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King and King by Linda de Haan is a fairytale and a humorous one at that. I don’t wish to name it a fractured fairytale as a result of there may be nothing damaged about this love story. The queen is outdated and cranky and needs her son to take over the dominion, however he have to be married to take action. He tells her he’s not likely into princesses, however Mama doesn’t take the trace. After discovering fault with each princess offered to him, he falls in love at first sight with a prince, and so they reside fortunately ever after. I just like the whimsical illustrations, and my children thought the prince was humorous. My son thought the guide had a twist on the finish with the princes falling in love, however similar to the queen within the story, there was no debate over why. I like that this guide makes use of the acquainted fairytale construction to make a significant assertion in regards to the existence of same-sex marriage and could be a nice icebreaker to speak about it together with your children.

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Purple: A Crayon’s Story by Micheal Corridor is certainly one of my very favourite image books. It makes me cry as a result of it tackles large feelings with easy phrases and illustrations. They take my breath away. All crayons include a label, however is that label at all times, proper? Purple got here from the manufacturing unit with a pink printed on his pink label, however even when he tried, and belief me, he tried, all he may do was colour blue. It’s not till he’s requested by purple to attract him a blue ocean that he lastly finds a spot the place he belongs. Whereas this guide doesn’t particularly talk about being transgender, in case your baby has any understanding of it, they are going to make the connection; I do know mine each did. Additionally, the guide is a very easy introduction to the concept of what being transgender means.



I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel is a guide all about Jazz – a real-life little woman who’s transgender. The guide is a relatable introduction to what being transgender means on a degree youngsters can relate to. In my expertise, youngsters settle for Jazz and her story rapidly. There is perhaps some giggles, however after the preliminary “Wow, I by no means knew that was attainable.” they see a child being a child. This guide was a favourite bedtime story for my daughter for a few years.


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Jacob’s New Gown by Sarah and Ian Hoffman is about Jacob, who likes to put on clothes. Not like Bailey in 10,000 clothes, Jacob is accepted by the vast majority of his friends and, extra notably, his household. His dad and mom encourage him to be himself cautiously. I preferred that all through the story, his dad and mom softened their stance as Jacob grew to become extra assured about how he felt and the way he’d deal with teasing. Jacob will get teased, however he’s additionally accepted, which makes this guide a terrific dialogue starter for any baby. Whether or not they have a toddler of their college, who might gown in gender non-conforming methods, or a member of the family who’s transgender, not all boys who put on clothes are going to determine as transgender, non-binary, or homosexual, and this guide doesn’t say they are going to. As an alternative, it says to be your self, whoever that could be.

Jacob’s Room To Select by Ian and Sarah Hoffman tackles the customarily difficult and generally downright traumatic concern of utilizing bogs once you don’t current as your assigned gender. Jacob and his pal Sophie each get into upsetting conditions after they go to make use of the lavatory throughout library time. After they report this to famous person trainer Ms. Reeves she decides to do one thing about it. Earlier than she tackles a lesson about how nearly none of her college students appear like the lavatory indicators she first affirms her scholar’s anxiousness about this. Advised you she was a famous person! The lesson is a hit and the scholars make new indicators for the bogs so each scholar can really feel protected when they should pee!

Jacob’s College Play Starring He, She, and They by Sarah and Ian Hoffman is a good guide that helps explains pronouns in addition to non-binary gender id which might generally really feel difficult to younger children who love issues to be black and white. The guide is about Jacob’s class play and his questions on a classmate Ari’s gender id. His trainer Ms. Reeves is the superhero who helps clarify this to Jacob. One factor she says actually stands proud ” We now have to belief them after they inform us.” This affirming message is repeated on the finish of the guide when Jacob says “I’m glad Ari is that they as a result of they know who they’re.”


The Hips On The Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish by Lil Miss Sizzling Mess is a lot enjoyable! This reimagining of The Wheels on the Bus is a lot enjoyable to learn out loud and excellent for an lively storytime! Get your wiggles out when you learn this brilliant, colourful guide. I’ve had educators specific that drag queens aren’t applicable for preschool, and I’ve to snort, drag queens are individuals enjoying dress-up. What could possibly be extra applicable?! This guide is rad.

Sturdy by Rob Kearney and Eric Rossland is a guide about how being your self could be exhausting, however when you’ve gotten another person to carry your hand, or on this case gown in brilliant colours it’s somewhat simpler. The factor I actually like about this story of how one child grew to become a champion Strongman athlete is the best way it reveals the exhausting work he needed to put in. Success will not be fast and even when he does nicely it’s not totally developed till he can do nicely whereas being himself. The vocabulary on this guide is fantastic and I admire the limitations it breaks by refuting the concept that homosexual males aren’t or can’t even be ultra-masculine sturdy males.


Santa’s Husband by Daniel Kibblesmith is a cute guide that I used to be somewhat nervous to learn as a result of, like so many individuals, I’ve very sentimental emotional connections to Santa. These sentimental views of who we expect he needs to be are deep. The guide addresses these assumptions and reveals a loving relationship between Santa and his husband. I like that it helps to begin the dialog about how we see Santa – is he black? Is he white? Does he have a husband or spouse? This story can be a terrific guide to snuggle up with and have some deep conversations.  I feel this guide is compelling and value studying to see if it’s the correct guide for your loved ones.



My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis has been talked about a lot that I feel I had inflated expectations. Don’t get me unsuitable. I feel the message is so necessary, and the guide does an excellent job of introducing readers to her son, who doesn’t match right into a binary definition of gender. It explores how he will get harm when individuals snort at him and the way nice his household is at supporting him. I like how merely blunt the guide is. And it needs to be as a result of the lesson needs to be about acceptance and permitting individuals, particularly youngsters, to precise their true selves even when it doesn’t match the slender definition we’ve got given it. I feel I used to be anticipating extra of a narrative regardless that I knew it was nonfiction. It opened a terrific dialog with my son when he was 5 about how he would deal with a male pal in the event that they wished to decorate in a gown. Good dialogue at our home, well worth the learn for positive!

Papa, Daddy, and Riley by Seamus Kirst is a vital guide not a lot as a result of it has two dads however as a result of it tackles how imply youngsters could be particularly after they have a slender view of the best way issues work. Riley goes to high school and is confronted by a classmate who says solely certainly one of her dads could be her REAL dad. In the long run, Riely’s dad helps her perceive that households are all completely different in so some ways not simply if they’ve two dads. No household is extra legitimate than the opposite as a result of what makes a household is love, not some arbitrary definition. The gorgeous illustrations by Devon Holzwarth convey this multi-racial household to life web page after web page.

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The Purim Superhero by Elisabeth Kushner is an excellent story about being pleased with who you’re. The writer makes use of the story of Queen Esther, together with the character’s two dads, as examples of discovering power in exhibiting your true self. These examples assist Nate resolve what he can be for the Purim costume parade. I received’t give away the story, nevertheless it’s incredible, unique, and totally true to who he’s. I like that this guide packs in a lot range with none over-the-top preachiness. Youngsters love the story!

Mama and Mommy and Me within the Center by Nina LaCour is a guide about lacking one mum or dad when they’re away on a enterprise journey for per week. There are some things I actually like about this guide, I like that Mama has tattoos and purple hair, I like that Mommy and the little woman have the identical patch of Vitiligo on their scalp, and I like that she will get indignant when Mommy will get residence at first. My very own children would generally be grumpy instantly after I used to be gone some time as a result of they’ve bottled up so many alternative emotions whereas I used to be gone. There isn’t any point out of two mothers on this guide which is fantastic, that is simply the household and that’s that. We proceed to want extra books like this and lecturers like me have to proceed to incorporate them as we’d some other story we learn, not as a lesson simply as a guide. The opposite factor value mentioning is that it focuses on the times since Mommy left so it’s an excellent day of the week guide too!



books about pronouns for kids

What Are Your Phrases ? by Katherine Locke is a guide about pronouns and extra. This guide teaches youngsters that pronouns don’t need to be mounted. They’re dynamic and fluid for some individuals, and solely you get to resolve that. Past pronouns, this guide notes that there are different phrases to explain you and your id and celebrates that individuality too. As a toddler heads to a picnic with their uncle, they discover and ask neighbors and buddies what their phrases are alongside the best way. I like the variety and welcome acceptance of all individuals on this guide.


What Does A Princess Actually Look Like? by Mark Loewen is a narrative about stereotypes and perfectionism that simply occurs to even have two dads in it. This affirming guide is a beautiful addition to any bookshelf, because it focuses on the concept that there is no such thing as a one proper solution to be one thing, on this case, a princess. This guide, like many others on the record, is an instance the place there are same-sex dad and mom with out that being the main focus of the story. I like this and suppose we want to ensure we’ve got books like this that normalize each household construction as a lot as we want books that talk extra explicitly about acceptance and id.

Julian At The Wedding ceremony by Jessica Love is a dreamy guide that makes me wish to rethink my dislike of weddings; perhaps if all weddings have been like this one, I’d be happier to go. Julian will get all dressed up and celebrates the marriage of two lovely brides along with his Abuela and her buddies. The flower woman and Julian find yourself getting all soiled enjoying with the pet, however they give you a beautiful resolution to wrecked outfits. What carries this guide is the magical illustrations. They inform the story about celebration, and the message is that every one love and other people needs to be celebrated.


Julian Is A Mermaid by Jessica Love is a world I wish to reside in the place ladies and youngsters and even chihuahuas could be mermaids in the event that they please. They simply want the costume. On this story, somewhat boy who LOVES mermaids is on the metro along with his Abuela and sees ladies dressed as mermaids, and his creativeness runs wild. When he will get residence, he transforms himself right into a mermaid whereas his Abuela is busy. When his Abuela interrupts, she thinks he could also be in hassle. Heck, all of us imagine he could also be in hassle, however the finish is way from it. Whereas this guide doesn’t overtly deal with the LGBTQ neighborhood the expertise of exhibiting a cherished one who you’re and worrying that they could reject that speaks to the subject, as does the truth that Julian goes in opposition to gender stereotypes as he clothes like a mermaid. This guide is well probably the greatest books I’ve learn that celebrates a toddler’s true self, and I learn a variety of image books! GO, purchase it now!

Name Me Max by Kyle Lukoff is a narrative about Max, somewhat boy who’s transgender and going through a troublesome time as he begins college. Earlier than the story begins, readers are launched to Max and the way he sees himself, together with that he’s transgender. Then readers are given a proof of what transgender means. This makes this guide so helpful for fogeys or educators throttled by fear about the way to clarify this. It’s easy, and the guide does a gorgeous job. Subsequent, it’s time for varsity, and Max comes up in opposition to some challenges, however with assist from his dad and mom and his supportive neighborhood, Max overcomes them. A number of issues I notably like about this guide that needs to be famous; there’s a boy who likes to decorate in clothes however clearly states, “I like being a boy.” and the guide is split into chapters. The chapters assist households who’re somewhat nervous about this matter to take it sluggish; learn one chapter an evening or use the chapters as pure pause factors to debate what the chapter was about.

When Aiden Turned A Brother by Kyle Lukoff represents a terrific evolution in books for teenagers. It brings collectively books about new infants and books about children who determine as transgender. I’m requested for these kind of books on a regular basis, and this guide does a terrific job of explaining the various points and specifics about how a household like Aiden’s would face a giant change like a brand new child. The guide dives into how Aiden transitioned, his fears in regards to the new child, and the way a loving, accepting household handles each.


Loads of Hugs by Fran Manushkin reads like a lullaby recounting the busy day a loving household spent collectively. The dad and mom take their toddler by bike to the farmer’s market, to the zoo on a busy day trip. At residence, it’s bathtime and time for books earlier than mattress. A typical weekend day for an lively household became a whimsical lullaby at all times full of affection and love. There’s a lot to like about this guide that simply occurs to depict an LGBTQ household.

Bathe The Cat by Alice B. McGinty is good! I feel this guide is my favourite 2022 addition to my record of LGBTQ books for teenagers. The guide is a few household getting ready their residence for a go to from Grandma. There’s a record of chores to do and these two dads and their kiddos have a plan. The cate nonetheless has a distinct plan and retains re-arranging the record made with magnetic letters on the fridge. Hilarity ensues because the record adjustments from sensical chores like bathing the cat, sweeping the ground, rocking the child, and mowing the garden to fully mixed-up issues like rocking the rug, vacuuming the cat, and sweeping the child. Amazingly the guide by no means loses its rhyme and rhythm whereas getting completely combined up! The enjoyable and colourful illustrations by David Roberts are the proper icing on the cake. Tremendous candy and it stands out to me as a result of I haven’t discovered a ton of books with two Black dads, a terrific addition to this record!

My Mommy, My Mama, My Brother, and Me: These are the issues we discovered by the ocean.  by Natalie Meisner is a rhyming guide in regards to the treasures we discover by the ocean. This guide is enjoyable to learn to a bunch, I learn it to my class once we have been studying about ocean creatures and so they preferred it. It does get somewhat lengthy so proper earlier than lunch will not be the time to learn the guide. The guide sends the message that whereas sea urchins and shells are treasures, the actual treasures are the individuals in our life. The 2 mothers should not mentioned in any respect and I can inform you that my college students didn’t ask a single factor, they have been simply one other household.

Our Subway Child by Peter Mercurio is one household’s auto-biography, and that household has two dads and a son who got here into their lives in a really uncommon manner. I don’t wish to spoil the story however when a child is discovered deserted in a New York Metropolis subway station, the person who discovered him and his companion ache to be a part of this child’s life. Finally a household is fashioned and thrives regardless of some obstacles alongside the best way. It’s a narrative about love that can make you tear up studying. What I like about this guide is it provides adults an opportunity to speak to youngsters about how exhausting it was and in lots of locations, nonetheless is for homosexual {couples} and different LGBTQ+ adoptee dad and mom to undergo this course of. Whereas it wasn’t as exhausting as Peter or Danny anticipated it to be, on this story, that may be very a lot centered as an anomaly. I really feel like so many attitudes are regional. I do know my very own children discovered it wonderful that two dads or two mothers would have any hassle adopting since we reside in a spot the place same-sex dad and mom aren’t as brazenly discriminated in opposition to. For this reason it doesn’t matter what the local weather is, books like this assist to open dialogs about systemic oppression and the necessity for continued advocacy so all households can thrive.


children's book about pronouns

Jamie and Bubbie by Afseneh Moradian is a beautiful little story about Jamie and their Bubbie spending the day collectively and studying about pronouns. Jamie is a good trainer and explains a variety of necessary issues about pronouns to Bubbie. Top-of-the-line classes is why we should always by no means assume somebody’s pronouns by the best way they appear to us, that gender id will not be at all times the identical as presentation. It is a nice little guide and I’m excited it’s out there for everybody to see that it’s by no means too late to study and that instructing doesn’t need to be carried out forcefully or with the belief that those that don’t know don’t wish to study.

Jamie is Jamie by Afseneh Moradian is a guide that tackles the gender stereotypes we’ve got and train our kids about play and toys. This guide may be very helpful for older preschool lessons and youngsters begin classifying issues as boy toys and woman toys. I do know I’ve had many discussions through the years in my lecture rooms to dismantle this concept that toys have a gender. This guide is the proper device for that concern as Jamie performs with all toys, will not be clearly a boy or a woman, and after Jamie performs with the whole lot the remainder of the category feels extra empowered to play with all of the toys as nicely.


Ritu Weds Chandi by Ameya Narvankar is the story of somewhat woman who’s overjoyed to go to her cousin’s wedding ceremony. Her cousin Ritu is marrying her girlfriend in a gorgeous ceremony that not everybody needs to be part of like Ayesha. In truth, some individuals are protesting and attempting to cease it; one thing Ayesha doesn’t perceive. I like Ayesha’s open coronary heart and her real pleasure for the marriage as if it have been any household wedding ceremony to sit up for. It’s that open coronary heart that fuels Ayesha’s bravery to face up for her cousin and spouse and makes this story certainly one of hope not hate. It is a lovely guide to have a look at and browse.

donovan's big day

Donovan’s Large Day by Leslea Newman is a guide about Donovan’s day, main as much as being the ring bearer at his mothers’ wedding ceremony. The guide does a incredible job of exhibiting that youngsters in same-sex households are similar to youngsters in any household. This present day is a giant day for Donovan. However earlier than he palms them the rings and kisses the brides, he has a bunch of different issues to do. I am keen on the illustrations by Mike Dutton and the way he brings this little boy to life. Like so many of those books, this guide will not be about politics; it’s a few household celebrating their big day.

heather has two mommies

Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman was broadly banned when it was first launched and continues to be challenged at present, together with most of the different books on this record. It’s in all probability the best-known image guide a few household with same-sex dad and mom as a result of it is among the very first. Whenever you learn it, the very first thing you’ll in all probability suppose is that it doesn’t reside as much as the banning. I at all times think about banned books being horribly offensive or graphic, and this guide is a few household with a health care provider, a carpenter, and their daughter. Heather is beginning a brand new college, and he or she is nervous and exploring all the chances of what a household appears to be like like, simply as her classmates are. She acknowledges that her household is completely different however not lower than her. The brand new version has splendidly colourful illustrations, which is a big enchancment on the black and white ones from the earlier variations.

Mommy, Mama and Me

Mommy, Mama, and Me by Lesela Newman is a guide in regards to the on a regular basis lifetime of a household with two mothers. What I admire about this guide is that it showcases components of the day that younger toddlers by means of preschoolers can relate to simply. They’ve tub time; go to the park; they prepare dinner dinner. In different phrases, they’re a household like all with a small baby. My son cherished this guide and associated simply to the child within the guide and to the experiences that they share when he was a toddler. The guide makes no political assertion, no rationalization of two mommies, and it shouldn’t. It’s a guide focused at toddlers about one loving household and nothing extra. There’s additionally a model with two dads referred to as Daddy, Papa, and Me.

Sparkle Boy by Leslea Newman has flown beneath my radar one way or the other till now… it’s such a wonderful guide. Within the guide, somewhat boy who adores the whole lot that glitters and sparkles confronts children who inform him he can’t like what he likes. With the assistance of his sister, who was initially in opposition to his love of issues that aren’t stereotypically male, he realizes that he will get to resolve what he likes, not different individuals. Questioning gender norms is crucial if we wish youngsters to really feel like they’ll specific who they’re with out sanction, and if we’re going to foster a neighborhood that accepts individuals for who they’re as nicely, this guide helps try this.

father's day tale of two daddies

A Story of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager is a guide about somewhat woman with two daddies. She is enjoying with a pal who’s asking her the way it works to have two daddies. He asks her the kind of questions any younger baby may, and he or she solutions them as they play collectively. I like this guide as a result of it addresses the kinds of questions younger children have about same-sex households. And most of all, it explains how related all households are, regardless of who is part of it. I like that the illustrations are carried out from the angle of the younger youngsters, solely exhibiting the adults from about knee degree and down. Cute, brilliant guide and my daughter loves it.

2 mommies

A Story of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager. The very first thing I observed about this guide was really the illustrations by Mike Blanc. They’re so vibrant, and they’re all from the angle of the kid, which is nice. The story is great, too; it’s really a set of questions from two buddies asking a 3rd about how his household with two mommies work. Typically adults go straight for the large deep points. However children simply wish to know which mother is the one to teach little league and which one bakes desserts. The general feeling readers are left with is that this little boy’s life isn’t all that completely different in any respect.

A Household is a Household is a Household by Sara O’Leary is incredible! This guide begins with a toddler nervous to speak about their household as a result of it’s not like everybody else. Quickly as all the scholars share issues that make their households distinctive, the kid sees all households are completely different, however they’re all households. I like that what the youngsters share about their households isn’t the label most adults would placed on the household within the illustration, which is a good intestine verify for our personal biases. It labels the same-sex household as “Each my mothers are horrible singers.” as an alternative of “I’ve two mothers. They’re lesbians.” It is a way more inclusive solution to current households, to not point out extra pure. It contains many alternative household buildings from same-sex dad and mom, to single dad and mom, large households, households with a brand new child, interracial households, households with divorced dad and mom, households with foster youngsters, and extra.

The Family Book

The Household Guide by Todd Parr is a guide that doesn’t give readers a slender definition of household. It doesn’t say that your loved ones has to look a sure manner or be the identical as your neighbors. As a trainer, I appreciated the matter-of-fact manner it embraced range. It makes point out of some households having two mothers or two dads in the identical vein as all the opposite similarities and variations. Youngsters see that households should not all like theirs. And it’s important to validate the reality whereas recognizing that households might not all look alike however that every one households are made with love. Nice guide, cute illustrations, and youngsters adore it. I used this guide in each preschool class I’ve ever taught from ages 2-5, and all children cherished it.

Who Are You? A child’s information to gender id by Brook Pessin-Whedbee is a superb useful resource for fogeys and lecturers who wish to talk about gender id with younger youngsters. So typically, we expect that youngsters have a tough time with these concepts, however in my expertise, youngsters have a a lot simpler thought than most adults. This guide does an efficient job at introducing ideas however breaking them down into simple phrases. It additionally has a terrific information for adults as nicely.

My Footprints by Bao Phi is an inspiring story about Thuy, somewhat woman who’s stomping residence within the snow after being bullied at college for being completely different. In Thuy’s case, the bullies are utilizing the truth that she is a Vietnamese American and has two mothers as ammunition for his or her vitriol. As Thuy makes footprints within the snow, she imagines completely different animals, and when she will get residence, her two mothers, who can inform one thing is up, play along with her as a solution to join and discover out what’s up. The three discover varied legendary creatures from their completely different cultural heritages. Ultimately turning into one sturdy imaginary animal that’s sort and powerful and by no means bullies anybody. It is a beautiful guide about how households are sturdy and assist one another. I’m so glad so as to add this guide to my LGBTQ+ guide record for kids.


A Church For All by Gayle E. Pittman is an excellent guide primarily in the event you train at a church-run preschool or Sunday college. I simply completely LOVE this guide as a result of it embraces all the variety you discover in a church — the wiggling toddlers, wealthy and poor, all types of households, skills, and extra. The colours are brilliant and welcoming, and the guide’s message is easy that church doorways needs to be open to all. What’s so highly effective about this guide is that historically church buildings have been closed off to the LGBTQ neighborhood, and this guide tears down that wall in essentially the most loving manner. My daughter cherished it apart from the web page about passing the peace as a result of it’s her least favourite time at church!

My Maddy by Gayle E. Pittman is one other nice guide from an necessary writer. This guide is a few baby and their Maddy, a mum or dad who’s non-binary, although the writer’s notes it goes on to elucidate that the mum or dad is extra particularly intersex. The story itself is magical in that it finds scenario after scenario in on a regular basis baby/mum or dad interactions and life the place issues aren’t all one factor or all the opposite. That is after all to current how life actually isn’t as binary as we make it out to be, and neither are individuals. Nice guide to study extra about what non-binary means for individuals and life basically.


This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman is the primary image guide I’ve ever learn that’s all about an LGBTQ Satisfaction parade. I cherished the guide, and each my youngsters cherished the illustrations. In case you have by no means been to a pleasure parade, learn this guide to see what you’re lacking. I took my son to the pleasure parade in San Francisco once we lived there in 2007, and it was terrific. Youngsters can study so much from experiencing the enjoyment and neighborhood of a pleasure parade. Studying that simply marching in a parade like this was as soon as unattainable for individuals within the LGBTQ+ neighborhood is profound for kids, and it helps clarify why Satisfaction month exists.


When You Look Out The Window by Gayle E. Pitman is a take a look at how two ladies helped make the San Francisco neighborhood open, accepting, and a spot to have a good time the LGBTQ neighborhood. The textual content on this guide is easy, and it reveals youngsters how in the event you see an issue, you’ve gotten the ability to repair it and make your neighborhood a greater place for everybody. There are in depth notes in the back of the guide that provides extra particulars about every a part of the town and the way it modified alongside the best way. It is a nice guide about civic engagement and the way to create inclusive areas.



In Our Mom’s Home by Patricia Polacco is a beautiful story of a household of two mothers, three children, and a giant home in Berkley California that was witness to their years and years of affection. Like many households that don’t match the “regular” stereotype, these two mothers and their children confronted opposition. The illustrations on this guide present so nicely the feelings any mum or dad would expertise when an indignant grownup was threatening their household with youngsters current. This guide is about love. It’s a window right into a household that is perhaps much like yours or very completely different, presumably each. However one factor this household has in widespread with each household is the love that holds it collectively.

Sam Is My Sister by Ashley Rhodes-Courtier is a incredible guide. As quickly as I learn my copy, I needed to tweet a thanks to the writer. This story is such an sincere portrayal of a loving household navigating adjustments introduced on by a toddler who’s discovering the way to specific their true self. I like the relationships on this guide, the brothers who’re adjusting whereas additionally standing up for Sam, the mother who’s supportive all alongside, and Sam, who gently however assuredly is aware of she is a woman. The illustrations by Mackenzie Haley are cheery and assist to make this story stand out. I like this guide and suppose it’s probably the greatest books a few trans baby on the market!


And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson is a much-debated guide and has been on this record of LGBTQ books for teenagers since I began in 2013.  It’s the true story of two male penguins in Central Park Zoo who didn’t have any curiosity within the woman penguins however preferred one another a complete lot. When the zookeepers observed that they have been in each manner a matched pair, in addition they observed that they ready for a child similar to the opposite penguins. Time after time, they have been unhappy till the zookeepers gave them an egg to maintain. Identical to all households, love and care are what matter when making a household. Due to that love child, Tango and his two daddy penguins have thrived. My son cherished this guide and requested me to please go and see the penguins after I was in NYC when he first learn this guide as a younger preschooler. It’s  a terrific guide not solely to elucidate how all households are completely different but in addition how love and care are actually what makes a household, even for penguins.

two dads

Two Dads by Carolyn Robertson is a straightforward rhyming guide about life with two dads. Somewhat boy takes readers by means of a little bit of a snapshot of his life with two dads, which is unsurprisingly, similar to different two-parent households for essentially the most half. I like that this guide not solely has two dads but in addition contains adoption and an interracial household. There are such a lot of completely different sorts of households on the market, and the extra we will add to our bookshelves, the higher.

pride book list for kids

Satisfaction: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders is ideal. Let me inform you why it tells the story of Harvey Milk, who was an brazenly homosexual politician and activist who was assassinated however whose legacy could be seen within the steps ahead within the years since his dying. The guide breaks down the contributions, and keenness Harvey had for equality in addition to why some individuals didn’t need him to succeed, and finally killed him. This biography jogs my memory of different biographies of nice Individuals like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks as a result of it reveals the braveness and hopes he had within the face of nice adversity. I’m at all times awed by the unrelenting hope so many changemakers possess. A lot of our kids now develop up in communities the place overt homophobia is much less obvious than it as soon as was, which is an efficient factor, however they nonetheless have to know in regards to the individuals like Harvey, who actually gave his life to make that occur.

Stonewall by Rob Sanders is a vital guide for kids to learn. This guide tells the story of how the LGBTQ+ rights motion actually took off, that it was due to harassment, particularly from police and unjust raids, that lastly tipped the scales and solidified motion to demand rights. This guide covers an necessary a part of historical past that youngsters are sometimes not aware about. I used to be conversant in the Stonewall riots earlier than studying this guide, however I realized extra, particularly in regards to the position members of the transgender neighborhood performed within the riots and actions that got here from them. The writer is expert in taking extra complicated occasions and bringing them right down to their bones so even very younger youngsters can perceive, and he does that completely with this guide.

The Preventing Infantryman by Rob Sanders is an enchanting biography/ historical past guide about Albert D.J. Cashier, a soldier within the Union military within the Civil Warfare. Wait, isn’t this an inventory of LGBTQ books? You is perhaps pondering. Sure, and this guide is all about this soldier who was born Jennie Hodgers however later modified his identify to Albert and lived as a person for the remainder of his life. This guide presents households and lecturers so many alternatives for studying; about immigration, warfare, sexism, and naturally, what it means to be transgender. Lots of people suppose that transgender or gender-diverse individuals didn’t exist earlier than the present day, however that’s simply not true. This guide helps train that.

She’s My Dad by Sarah Savage is a good guide that explains one baby’s story about what occurs when your dad transitions from male to feminine. This guide acknowledges that youngsters might have fears about adjustments like this of their household whereas additionally noting how the mum or dad who transitioned was clearly happier after they received to be themselves. There’s a good dialogue about pronouns too! I feel this guide tackles these subjects rather well and is a good addition to this record.



lgbtq books for preschool

Stella Brings The Household by Miriam B. Schiffer is a captivating guide that my daughter instantly wished to learn once more as soon as we completed. Within the guide, we meet Stella, who has two dads and no mother to convey to the Mom’s Day get together at her college. She frets about it after which decides to convey all of the individuals who fill that position into her life. What I like about this guide is that it doesn’t ignore that there are at all times bumps alongside the best way for households that don’t match the inflexible norms that we so typically uphold. This guide does a terrific job of speaking about it, recognizing Stella’s emotions, and discovering an answer.

The Boy & The Bindi is a gorgeous guide about somewhat boy who may be very inquisitive about his mother’s bindi. Historically a bindi is worn by Hindu and Jain ladies and ladies, however not boys or males. However his mother sees that he’s curious and provides him his personal, and it awakens his sense of self and helps him specific who he’s. Whereas this guide doesn’t communicate particularly of gender points, the writer is a transgender girl, and in some ways, this guide jogs my memory of Julien dressing as a mermaid. It pushes gender norms and forces readers to see that being your self doesn’t at all times match into particular pre-made containers.

Queer Heroes by Arabella Sicardi is an excellent useful resource guide about all types of fantastic individuals who determine as LGBTQ+. This guide provides temporary biographies of all types of individuals, from sports activities heroes to musicians, actors, and even royalty! I used to be tremendous glad to see my fellow Albertan KD Lang included, in addition to historic figures like Leonardo DaVinci and Michelangelo. This isn’t a terrific guide for very younger kiddos however for Prek, and up it’s good.

Jack (Not Jackie) by Erica Silverman is a incredible guide about being a transgender boy with a sibling who isn’t so positive about your gender id. Jack was born a woman, and his older sister actually cherished having somewhat sister. Now that Jack has transitioned to being a boy, his sister is having a tough time. This guide reveals how households might undergo a grieving course of and take a while to learn the way their relationships might differ in addition to keep the identical—a terrific guide, particularly for households who’re going by means of a transition course of.


Harriet Will get Carried Away by Jessie Sima is a last-minute addition, a reader informed me about it, and as luck would have it, I popped to the library and located it! This guide is such a candy story about somewhat woman who’s prepping for her dress-up celebration, and her creativeness carries her away whereas she is procuring along with her two dads. There’s a lot to like about this candy guide, not simply that it normalizes a household with two dads; it additionally celebrates creativeness and journey! Whereas books explicitly addressing the LGBTQ neighborhood have a spot, we want extra books like this the place a household is only a household, and the whole lot is offered as normative and wonderful as a result of that’s simply what it’s. Additionally, Harriet has some rad costumes; I want I may go to her get together.

A Plan For Pops by Heather Smith is a good instance of a guide that features an inter-racial homosexual couple however is about different points totally. On this story, somewhat boy spends his Saturdays along with his grandparents, Grandad and Pops, and when Pops falls and wishes to make use of a wheelchair any further, issues change. The sorry is de facto about change and watching our family members become old. It simply occurs to have two grandfathers in it. I cried studying this, perhaps quarantine is attending to me, or perhaps it’s refreshing to see affection between a person and his grandson as they navigate change of their household. It is a actually beautiful guide. The explanation books like this are necessary is as a result of each guide that features LGBTQ+ characters shouldn’t be about LGBTQ+ points. Simply the identical manner, each guide with a Black protagonist shouldn’t be about race. It’s necessary to have each and present that everybody, regardless of their id, is complicated and has so many components to their identities.

Satisfaction Pet by Robin Stevenson might need to duke it out with Grandad’s Camper ( the final guide on this record) to see which is my favourite guide on this record. I completely adore this alphabet guide. After I opened this guide I screamed with pleasure “It’s an alphabet guide and it rhymes! ” which woke my very own pet up from his nap. Okay, so why is that this such a rad alphabet guide?? Let me inform you. To begin with, it’s an alphabet guide that tells a narrative, an attention-grabbing one a few pet getting free at a pleasure parade. That isn’t straightforward to do. Belief me; I’ve learn excess of my justifiable share of alphabet books. Most aren’t good. This one is fabulous. Okay, so it tells a narrative, nevertheless it additionally has superior illustrations by Julie McLaughlin that assist the story in addition to provides extra range and inclusion to it. Then absolutely the cherry on the highest is that there are photographs within the illustrations for each web page that begin with that letter for kids to go looking and discover. What? I simply adore this guide and beg, no command, no ask properly as a result of that’s what I’d ask my college students to do, so that you can go get this guide now.

Ps. The title is linked to Amazon, so that you completely may purchase it now, simply sayin’.

PPS, one of many mothers, is nursing her child on the finish of the story, which made me adore it much more.

My Shadow is Pink by Scott Stuart is an unbelievable guide. It will get to the center of how gender roles are unconsciously realized and sometimes enforced with self-imposed disgrace for being completely different. Nonetheless, what can actually breakthrough that may be a loving mum or dad with specific acceptance and celebration of a kid for who they’re, not regardless of it. Whereas adults will see these layers, what youngsters will see is a toddler who’s completely different from all the opposite males in his household however whose dad embraces it and loves him for it. The youngsters may giggle on the large burly man in a tutu, however I cried. Fantastic guide!

zak's safari

Zak’s Safari by Christy Tyner is a guide about how Zak’s household grew to become a household with the assistance of donor sperm. The guide talks about how infants are made in a really age-appropriate manner, saying daddies have sperm and mamas have eggs, and so they come collectively to make infants. There isn’t any dialogue about sexual acts, simply that. I feel this guide does a terrific job with this topic, which some dad and mom really feel very bashful about discussing. One of many issues I am keen on about this guide is how there are illustrations of the 2 mothers snuggling and being affectionate. Usually books about same-sex dad and mom don’t present that, and I used to be glad to see that barrier damaged with this guide. My daughter cherished this guide, and we used it to speak extra about same-sex households and the way youngsters come about. At age 7, she had assumed that every one infants in same-sex households have been adopted, so I used to be excited to share this along with her.

introducing teddy

Introducing Teddy by Jessica Walton is a FANTASTIC guide. What makes this guide a few teddy bear who’s transgender so wonderful is that it precisely displays most younger youngsters’s view and acceptance of somebody who’s transgender. When a member of our church got here out as transgender, my then 4-year-old was like, “Cool, can I’ve some cookies.” and my then 7-year-old stated, “So I shouldn’t say she anymore? OK.,” and that was IT. I had already defined what transgender meant, and that was all they wanted to simply accept somebody. That’s exactly what this guide is like; Teddy is all unhappy and frightened that her buddies received’t settle for that inside, she is a woman teddy regardless that outdoors she appears to be like like a boy. She spills the beans, and everybody accepts her and her new identify Tilly. I like how frank and simple this guide is, and its deal with friendship is beautiful. It’s good for any preschool and early elementary-aged kiddos.

The Night time Earlier than Satisfaction by Jessica Wexler is a cute reimagining of Twas’ The Night time Earlier than Christmas with somewhat Satisfaction Fairy as an alternative of Santa. The center of this guide is that pleasure is one thing everybody ought to have in themselves, their id, and their household. It is a cute solution to get enthusiastic about going to Satisfaction celebrations or for teenagers who aren’t so conversant in why or how individuals have a good time Satisfaction month. The fairy is totally cute and this guide is all about being pleased with who you’re and being snug being you!

We Are Household by Ryan Wheatcroft is a superb guide about a complete bunch of various households. The textual content is merely speaking about all of the issues that make up a household, all of the issues that households do, how they assist one another, stick collectively when issues are powerful, and play collectively too! It talks about how completely different households could be and the way one household could also be very completely different from one other. The magic of this guide is de facto within the illustrations, which present a various group of households web page after web page doing fully mundane household issues. There’s a household with two dads and one with two mothers, in addition to a handful of different sorts of households. I like this guide as a result of household is a subject that every one youngsters can relate to and studying that households are numerous is a good way to study that the world is.


Daddy’s Roommate by Micheal Willhoite is somewhat completely different from the opposite books on this record in that the kid within the guide has a mommy, a daddy, and a daddy additionally has a roommate. The guide was written in 1990 and regardless that we don’t typically hear “roommate” as a euphemism for companion or boyfriend anymore, in 1990 it was in all probability way more generally used. That apart, the guide does a good job of explaining what this little boy’s life is like. Bug catching, studying, and scary desires it’s fairly common stuff, however he has three adults to look after him.I additionally like that the boy’s dad and mom are divorced, which can be one thing many readers will join with—the guide’s rationalization of what homosexual means is de facto easy and excellent for the guide’s viewers. I do suppose that the images are dated, however I don’t suppose children will choose up on that as a lot as adults will.

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Residence At Final by Vera B. Williams and Chris Raschka is a narrative about somewhat boy Lester, who, after being in foster care, is adopted by two dads. He is aware of he needs to be proud of all these fantastic new issues, however at night time he’s nonetheless scared. This is a superb take a look at what anxiousness and trauma appear like and the way loving dad and mom reply. Ultimately, the canine turns into his safety buddy, and he can sleep at night time and completely get pleasure from his new life and new household.

Grandad’s Camper by Harry Woodgate is the final however actually not the least guide on this record of LGBTQ+ image books for teenagers. In truth, it is perhaps my favourite. I like this guide, I like this guide for transporting me again to childhood roaming in my Grandpa’s backyard, taking a look at his treasures from touring within the basement, watching his camper understanding not like the woman on this story I used to be not allowed to go in it. This guide is so particular the writer/illustrator has a tremendous expertise for pinpointing the feelings we really feel as we bear in mind these we love who’re not with us. The love celebrated on this guide is one thing particular. It simply occurs to be two males’s love story being informed to their granddaughter. Go get this guide. You received’t remorse it.


There are such a lot of nice LGBTQ+ constructive chapter books however I’ve included these 5 on my record of LGBTQ books for teenagers as a result of I’ve learn all of them with youthful elementary-aged kiddos. I like all 5 of those books.

Melissa by Alex Gino is a gorgeous guide. The writer weaves an enticing story about George, who’s within the 4th grade and hiding one thing large from everybody. He’s not a he on the within in any respect; she is a she. This story a few transgender woman is very touching as a result of it’s from her perspective. No article or documentary has given me a deeper understanding of a few of the emotions of somebody who’s younger and transgender might really feel like this guide has. My daughter begged me to learn it to her in Kindergarten, and I believed she’d get bored, however as an alternative, it stays certainly one of her favourite books to at the present time. She cherished it at 5, although the urged age is center elementary and up.

Rick, by Alex Gino is a companion chapter guide to George with some acquainted characters like Melissa and Kelly however some new ones too. On this guide, Rick, who’s 11, is at a stage of discovery with puberty and center college, and he feels completely different. He particularly feels completely different from his greatest pal, Jeff, who’s a homophobic bully. Most of all, he feels completely different as a result of he’s not all for ladies or boys. As Rick’s self-discovery continues, he learns what every letter in LGBTQIAP+ stands for when he discovers his college’s Rainbow Spectrum membership and might determine as asexual/aromantic. One other fantastic a part of this guide is Rick’s relationship along with his grandfather Ray who provides one other dimension and degree of understanding in regards to the spectrum Rick is studying all about.



The Misadventures of the Household Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy is an excellent early chapter guide a few household with 4 adopted sons and two dads. What I like about this guide is that in a subject that’s so typically shared extra with ladies, this guide makes no bones about being geared toward boys. Women will prefer it, too (my daughter actually did), however elementary-aged boys are its goal. I do know as a result of my son wolfed it up. It’s not nearly having two dads. It’s extra about how no household is ever good, how making errors is a part of rising up, and all the difficulty 4 boys and one imaginary jaguar can get into. It is a must-read in case you are searching for a chapter guide on this LGBTQ guide record for kids.

My son was so excited to learn the 2nd installment of the Household Fletcher,  The Household Fletcher Takes Rock Island, and for an excellent motive. I feel this guide perhaps even higher than the primary, and we cherished the primary. My son connects with this household so nicely. That’s such an announcement in regards to the energy of books as a result of the household on this guide has two dads and 4 sons of all completely different races. Our household is what many name “conventional” with a mother, dad, an older brother, and a youthful sister. The ability of numerous books is actual! Seize these two books in your Kindergarten by means of fifth graders; they are going to love them! However be ready for lots of guffaws, they’re very, very humorous!

This Would Make A Good Story Sometime by Dana Alison Levy is a spin-off story from the Household Fletcher sequence that follows a household with two mothers, three daughters, and one daughter’s boyfriend on a cross-country practice journey. I like this chapter guide as a result of the daughters are all such full characters, and the writer does such an excellent job at capturing their particular ages and levels so nicely. I learn a assessment of this writer’s work someplace, and it in contrast her to the good Judy Blume, and I feel it was a good comparability. She tackles large issues, and large feelings with large love and large laughs, similar to Judy Blume.

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