Pride Month is just beginning, so we’re celebrating! If you’re looking to add even more diverse books to your home’s library to honor and learn more about the LGBTQ+ community, we’ve rounded up 20+ of our favorite picture and board books for kids featuring storylines with gay, lesbian, non-binary, and transgender topics and characters.
We love that these books encourage little ones to become their authentic selves through inspiring stories of others who have paved the way. Whether someone in your family or someone you know is part of the community or not, all kids can learn something from hearing these stories.
There are options for informational books to teach kids about different LGBTQ+ terminology and gender stereotypes, as well as personal stories of perseverance and acceptance. There’s something for little and big kids, toddlers, and preschool-age kiddos here. Little ones will love the bright and colorful illustrations, as well as the rhythms of some of the books, while older kids can be inspired by the tales of overcoming adversity.
While we celebrate pride with bright colors and fun parades, it’s also important to remember what this month is all about. Celebrate Pride Month with the list of LGBTQ+ books for kids below!
Love Makes a Family
This sweet board book celebrates all different types of families and stresses that the most important part of any home is unconditional love.
When Aidan Became a Brother
A young transgender boy named Aidan prepares to welcome a new sibling and celebrates the many transitions a family can experience together.
Stella Brings the Family
When Stella's school has a Mother's Day celebration, the little girl finds a unique solution for who to invite to the party since she has two dads.
I Am Jazz
Written by trans teen and LGBTQ+ activist Jazz Jennings, this picture book is based on Jazz's real-life experience as a transgender kid.
This Day in June
This book celebrates and explains Pride month with easy-to-understand LGBTQ+ history and culture.
My Two Moms and Me
A board book featuring diverse families with two moms as they go about their daily schedules of breakfast, playdates, bedtime stories, and more.
Julián Is a Mermaid
When Julián gets a glimpse of costumed mermaids on a subway ride home from a visit to the pool, he's mesmerized and daydreams of dressing up like the ladies in his own mermaid costume.
Check out the next part of Julián's story in Julián at the Wedding.
My Two Dads
A young boy named Lenny follows his friend Jasmine for a school project and learns she has two dads.
And Tango Makes Three
This sweet board book tells the story of two male Central Park Zoo penguins who create a nontraditional family by welcoming a baby of their own.
In this two-for-one learning experience, little kids can work on their ABCs while learning about the LGBTQIA+ community.
Families come in all shapes and sizes in this sweet board book. With bright illustrations and rhyming words, Families Belong celebrates the unconditional love of families.
Rainbow: A First Book of Pride
With adorable illustrations, this book is a great intro to LGBTQ+ pride and reminds kids that families come in all varieties.
Mommy, Mama, and Me
This board book tells the story of a toddler with two moms as they spend the day together.
Daddy, Papa, and Me
Similar to Mommy, Mama, and Me comes the story of a toddler spending the day with their two dads.
Pride Colors explains and celebrates the unconditional love between parents and children through rhymes and colorful imagery.
Heather Has Two Mommies
When Heather and her classmates are asked to draw pictures of their families at school, the little girl realizes that no two families are exactly the same.
Not Every Princess
A Top Ten Title on the 2015 American Library Association Rainbow List, this poetic book inspires kids to question the expectations of gender stereotypes and be who they want to be.
Aaron Slater Illustrator
In the latest book from Beaty and Roberts' The Questioneers series, Aaron Slater sees the world differently from his peers. He also has dyslexia (and the book is printed in dyslexia-friendly font). Readers will love following Aaron as he begins to tell his story through art. We also learn through pictures that Aaron has the loving support of his two moms.
A Kids Book About Being Non-Binary
From the A Kids Book About series, this new book explores what being non-binary means in kid-friendly terms.
Many little kids can relate to this story! As Téo gets ready for his dance recital, he faces the challenge of picking out the perfect outfit. With the help of his parents and teachers, he learns a lot about becoming his authentic self.
Pink, Blue, and You!
Books offer great conversation-starter opportunities. With this book, parents can open the door for discussions on gender stereotypes.
Rebel Girls Celebrate Pride
For fans of the Rebel Girls book collection, be sure to add this to the library. This book celebrates 25 inspiring stories of members of the LGBTQIA+ community.