What better way to celebrate pride month than to add some awesome LGBTQ-friendly children’s books to your kid’s library? Whether your family has a direct connection to the LGBTQ+ community or not, these books are a beautiful addition to show unconditional love, acceptance, diversity, and inclusion to your household.
When creating our kid’s library, it was important to my husband and me to have a diverse collection of books to read to our children. Books that reflected every walk of life and showcased the beauty and diversity in our world.
Showing and teaching unconditional love to my children is on the top of my list as a mother and starting with what my kids watch and read is just one of the first steps to that.
10 LGBTQ Children’s Books to Celebrate Pride Month
Daddy, Papa, and Me by Leslea Newman
One of the first LGBTQ+ children’s books that we have on our list is ‘Daddy, Papa, and Me’ by Leslea Newman. With rhythmic text and illustrations, this book shows a toddler, spending the day with its daddies as well as showcases 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. This LGBTQ+ children’s book’s main theme is telling how the Pride flag became the symbol of acceptance and equality throughout the world.
We Are Little Feminists: Families
This book was created with 0-5 year olds in mind with plenty of of bright beautiful photos, making it the perfect option for toddlers. It showcases and celebrates all the wonderful forms of family, gender, and sexuality.
Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
‘Julian is a Mermaid’ is about a little boy riding the New York subway with his Abuela and notices three beautiful women dressed up. The story discusses the struggle that Julian encounters with his desire to be a mermaid and what his Abuela thinks of him. Full of love and heart this book is an amazing addition to the LGBTQ children’s books list.
Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer
Whether a child has two moms, two dads, one parent, or one of each ‘Love Makes a Family’ demonstrates that what is most important in each family’s life is the love the family members share. This beautiful picture board book expresses LOVE in ALL families.
Mommy, Mama, and Me by Leslea Newman
Another amazing rhyming book by Leslea Newman tells the story of a toddler, spending the day with its mommies. 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 story of the family will be a great addition to your kid’s book collection.
Families, Families, Families! By Suzanne & Mike Lang
Celebrating every kind of family ‘Families, Families, Families!’ shows that what is most important is the love that families have for one another. This book illustrates a whole bunch of silly animal families and celebrates the love found in families big and small.
Donovan’s Big Day by Leslea Newman
This lovely story follows Donovan who has two moms that are getting married. Capturing the joy and excitement of a wedding day this book shows a same-sex wedding from a child’s point of view.
Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer
When her school celebrates Mother’s Day, Stella, who has two dads, is worried. Finding a unique solution to her party problem this story celebrates love, acceptance, and the true meaning of family.
Pink is for Boys by Ronn Pearlman
This empowering and educational picture book proves that EVERY color is for everyone, regardless of gender. Rethinking and reframing the stereotypical blue/pink gender binary, this book inspires kids and adults to express themselves in all the colors of the rainbow.
In Our Mother’s House by Patricia Polacco
A story of unconditional love within a family and the challenges and discriminations faced in non-traditional families. Following the story of an LGBTQ family who faces discrimination from a neighbor that refuses to accept them. Teaching that no matter what your family looks like, love is love, ‘In Our Mother’s House’ by Patricia Polacco, truly is an amazing book to add to your kid’s library!
Which one of these LGBTQ children’s books is first on your reading list? I love each one and the special stories they tell and hope you will enjoy them with your own family as much as we do!
Shop these 10 Awesome LGBTQ Children’s Books to Celebrate Pride Month
- Daddy, Papa, and Me by Leslea Newman
- Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag
- Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
- Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer
- Mommy, Mama, and Me by Leslea Newman
- Families, Families, Families! By Suzanne & Mike Lang
- Donovan’s Big Day by Leslea Newman
- Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer
- Pink is for Boys by Ronn Pearlman
- In Our Mother’s House by Patricia Polacco
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