What better way to celebrate Pride Month than adding some great LGBTQ children’s books to your children’s library? Whether or not your family has a direct connection to the LGBTQ community, these books are a nice addition to show unconditional love, acceptance, diversity, and inclusion in your household.
When setting up our children’s library, it was important to me and my husband to read a diverse collection of books to our children. Books that reflect every area of life and show the beauty and diversity of our world.
Showing and teaching unconditional love for my children is high on my list as a mother, and starting with what my children see and read is just one of the first steps in that direction.
10 LGBTQ children’s books to celebrate Pride month
Papa, Papa and I from Leslea Newman
One of the first LGBTQ children’s books on our list is Daddy, Papa, and Me by Leslea Newman. With rhythmic texts and illustrations, this book shows a toddler who spends the day with his dads and shows the loving bond between same-sex parents and their children.
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag
Pride tells the empowering true story of social activist Harvey Milk and the life of the Gay Pride Flag. The main theme of this LGBTQ children’s book tells how the Pride flag became a symbol of acceptance and equality around the world.
Julian is a mermaid from Jessica Love
‘Julian is a Mermaid’ is about a little boy who rides his Abuela on the New York subway and notices three pretty women in disguise. The story describes the struggle Julian encounters with his desire to be a mermaid and what his Abuela thinks of him. Filled with love and heart, this book is an amazing addition to the LGBTQ children’s book list.
Sophie Beer’s family makes love
Whether a child has two mothers, two fathers, one parent, or one of the two shows that the most important thing in any family’s life is the love that family members share. This beautiful picture book expresses LOVE in ALL families.
Mama, Mama and I from Leslea Newman
Another amazing rhyming book by Leslea Newman tells the story of a toddler who spends the day with his moms. This book is a great purchase for parents, babies, and toddlers showing what a loving family can do together. Sharing the loving bond between same-sex parents and their children in this touching family story will be a great addition to your child’s book collection.
Families, families, families! By Suzanne & Mike Lang
Celebrate every type of family ‘Families, Families, Families!’ shows that the love of families for one another is most important. This book illustrates a number of silly animal families and celebrates the love found in families large and small.
Donovan’s Big Day by Leslea Newman
This beautiful story is about Donovan, who has two mothers who are getting married. This book captures the joy and excitement of a wedding day and shows a same-sex wedding from the perspective of a child.
Stella brings Miriam B. Schiffer’s family
When her school celebrates Mother’s Day, Stella, who has two fathers, worries. This story finds a unique solution to your party problem and celebrates love, acceptance, and the true meaning of family.
Pink is for boys by Ronn Pearlman
This encouraging and educational picture book proves that ANY color is suitable for everyone, regardless of gender. This book rethinks and reformulates the stereotypical binary gender combination blue / pink and inspires children and adults to express themselves in all the colors of the rainbow.
In Patricia Polacco’s mother’s house
A story of unconditional love within a family and the challenges and discrimination faced by non-traditional families. Follow the story of an LGBTQ family who is discriminated against by a neighbor who refuses to accept them. “In Our Mother’s House” by Patricia Polacco is really a great book to add to your child’s library, no matter what your family looks like, love is love!
Which of these LGBTQ children’s books is first on your reading list? I love each and every one of them and the special stories they tell and I hope that you will enjoy them with your own family as much as we do!
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