10 LGBT Friendly Children’s Books

Raising tolerant, kind and open-minded children is something that we as parents need to recognise is our responsibility to do.

It starts from a young age and opening their minds to the fact that people are all induvial and not everyone is the same starts from education and reading. To celebrate Pride month, we share our top 10 favourite books to celebrate pride month.

  1. RuPaul Charles (People of Pride)

In this beautifully illustrated board book series, parents can celebrate the accomplishments of LGBTQ heroes and introduce their little ones to the trailblazers who have shaped our world.

RuPaul is America’s most famous drag queen. Whether singing chart-topping dance hits, gracing the covers of magazines, or hosting award-winning television shows, RuPaul is always challenging the status quo and taking people out of their comfort zones. RuPaul has been instrumental in the recognition

2. Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag

The very first picture book about the remarkable and inspiring story of the Gay Pride Flag!

In this deeply moving and empowering true story, young readers will trace the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings in 1978 with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today’s world. Award-winning author Rob Sanders’s stirring text, and acclaimed illustrator Steven Salerno’s evocative images, combine to tell this remarkable – and under told – story. A story of love, hope, equality, and pride.

 

3. Uncle Bobby’s Wedding

Chloe’s favourite uncle is getting married, and she’s not happy about it. But after a magical day with Uncle Bobby and his boyfriend, Jamie, Chloe realizes she’s not losing an uncle, but gaining one. 

4. A Family Is a Family Is a Family 

When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways — but the same in the one way that matters most of all. One child is worried that her family is just too different to explain but listens as her classmates talk about what makes their families special. One is raised by a grandmother, and another has two dads. One is full of stepsiblings, and another has a new baby. As one by one, her classmates describe who they live with and who loves them — family of every shape, size and every kind of relation — the child realizes that as long as her family is full of caring people, her family is special. A warm and whimsical look at many types of families written by award-winning author Sara O’Leary, A Family is a Family springs to life with quirky and sweet illustrations by Qin Leng.

5. And Tango Makes Three, 

Roy and Silo are just like the other penguin couples at the zoo – they bow to each other, walk together and swim together. But Roy and Silo are a little bit different – they’re both boys.

Then, one day, when Mr Gramzay the zookeeper finds them trying to hatch a stone, he realises that it may be time for Roy and Silo to become parents for real.

  1. This Day in JuneParade starts soon…  Rainbow arches… Joyful marches!

    In a wildly whimsical, validating, and exuberant reflection of the LGBT community, This Day In Junewelcomes readers to experience a pride celebration and share in a day when we are all united.

7. If I had a hundred mummies

This is a story about how the world works, concentrating on the special relationships between parents and children

8. I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel

From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn’t feel like herself in boy’s clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz’s story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.

  1. What Type of Family are we

Have you ever wondered if there are other families like yours? Come take a journey with Ella and Oliver to discover the many shapes and sizes families come in today! This book celebrates families with a Mum and Dad, single Mums, two Dads, adoption, single Dads, two Mums, grandparents, and co-parents.

  1. Love makes a family

Love is baking a special cake. Love is lending a helping hand. Love is reading one more book. In this exuberant board book, many different families are shown in happy activity, from an early-morning wake-up to a kiss before bed. Whether a child has two moms, two dads, one parent, or one of each, this simple preschool read-aloud demonstrates that what’s most important in each family’s life is the love the family members share.