It’s never too early to teach children the importance of love, family and acceptance. Celebrate Pride Month with these LGBTQ+ children’s books!
Here are 10 LGBTQ+ books for children:
1. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Based on a true story, this heartwarming board book follows the tale of two male penguins at the Central Park Zoo and how they create a loving family of their own.
2. Peanut Goes for the Gold by Jonathan Van Ness
The first children’s book written by Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness, this book follows the story of Peanut, a gender nonbinary guinea pig, who follows their dreams to be a rhythmic gymnast with the support of their family and friends.
3. Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
Young Julián loves mermaids! After seeing women on the subway dressed as mermaids, he is inspired to make his own mermaid costume. With breathtaking illustrations, this book shows children the importance of being yourself.
4. Love Makes A Family by Sophie Beer
This board book celebrates the many different types of families and the one thing that makes a family a family – love!
5. Annie’s Plaid Shirt by Stacy B. Davids
Explore the power of individuality with this positive and creative book! Annie loves her plaid shirt and wears it every day. When her mom tells her she must wear a dress to her uncle’s wedding, Annie comes up with an ingenious solution.
6. Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders
This empowering children’s book introduces young readers to LGBTQ+ history. From the creation of the rainbow flag to the stories of LGBTQ+ activists like Harvey Milk, this book sends a message of love, hope, and pride.
7. The Family Book by Todd Parr
Parr’s brightly illustrated book celebrates all the different varieties of families and the love we have for our families. The importance of embracing our differences is shared in a fun, playful way that encourages children to accept families, and people, in all their forms.
8. It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity by Theresa Thorn
This picture book introduces the concept of gender identity to young readers. Through child-friendly language and art, Thorn’s inclusive book emphasizes positive self-expression.
9. Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer
Stella loves her two dads, but she is nervous about who to invite when her school has a Mother’s Day celebration. With the help of her classmates, Stella comes up with a creative solution and discovers the true meaning of family – and finds out that many of her classmates have diverse families, too!
10. Mommy, Mama, and Me by Lesléa Newman
Through rhythmic text and sweet illustrations, this book shows the strong bond and love between a lesbian couple and their toddler. Also check out the book Daddy, Papa, and Me by the same author!