June is LGBT Pride Month! In order to celebrate, we’ve put together a list of some our favorite kids’ books that are by, for, or about LGBTQ+ families. Pick a few new favorites from the list and read along with us this month as we celebrate love, diversity, and equal rights. Happy Pride 2017!
We’ve linked to each of the book titles on Amazon, but make sure to check your local library for a copy first – if they don’t carry one, then ask a librarian to order a copy for your library!
Austin, Texas families: as of the time of this post, Austin Public Library had at least one copy of each of these books.
Our Favorite LGBTQ+ Books for Kids
1. A Is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara – An unapologetic ABC book for progressive families that discusses activism, LGBTQ rights, civil rights, environmental justice, and more.
2. The Boy and the Bindi by Vivek Shraya – A young boy becomes fascinated with his mother’s bindi and wants to wear one of his own.
3. Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne Lang and Max Lang – A celebration of families of every kind.
4. Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman – Heather learns that there are lots of different kinds of families and that the most important thing is that all the people in a family love each other.
5. King and King by Linda de Haan – When the queen insists that the prince gets married, he falls in love with the brother of a princess and lives happily ever after.
6. This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman – A picture book inviting the reader to celebrate an illustrated Pride parade. It includes information on on LGBT history and culture.
7. Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer – Stella brings her two dads to school to celebrate Mother’s Day.
8. Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian – When two worms fall in love and want to get married, everyone asks them who will be the bride and who will be the groom? The answer is: It doesn’t matter. Because Worm loves worm.
9. Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino – Morris loves to wear a beautiful, orange dress. Despite being told by his friends that dresses are only for girls, Morris learns to accept himself and to be comfortable with his choices.
10. I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel – The story of Jazz Jennings, a child who knew she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body. Jazz’s story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way.
11. Who Are You? The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee – A straightforward introduction to gender for anyone aged 5+. It presents clear and direct language for understanding and talking about how we experience gender: our bodies, our expression, and our identity.
12. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson – Based on a true story, two male penguins at New York’s Central Park Zoo fall in love and take turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches.
Before you settle in to read your new books as a family, check out our recipe for rainbow striped cookies — They’re the perfect pride month treat. Happy reading and happy pride!