16 of Our Favorite LGBTQ+ Books for Kids

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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 16 of our favorite picture and board books for kids featuring storylines with gay, lesbian, non-binary, and transgender topics and characters.

Celebrate Pride Month with the list of kids books below! 

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Sophie Beer

1. 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.

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Kyle Lukoff

2. 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.

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Miriam B. Schiffer

3. 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.

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Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings

4. 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.

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Gayle E. Pitman

5. This Day in June

This book celebrates and explains Pride month with easy-to-understand LGBTQ+ history and culture.

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Michael Joosten

6. 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.

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Jessica Love

7. 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.

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Claudia Harrington

8. My Two Dads

A young boy named Lenny follows his friend Jasmine for a school project and learns she has two dads.

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Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson

9. 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.

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Michael Genhart PhD

10. 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.

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Leslea Newman

11. Mommy, Mama, and Me

This board book tells the story of a toddler with two moms as they spend the day together.

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Robin Stevenson

12. Pride Colors

'Pride Colors' explains and celebrates the unconditional love between parents and children through rhymes and colorful imagery.

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Leslea Newman

13. 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.

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Jeffrey Bone and Lisa Bone

14. 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
Andrea Beaty and David Roberts

15. 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.

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Hunter Chinn-Raicht

16. 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.

Pre-order now for its June 2021 release.

This article was originally published in June 2020 and has been updated for timeliness. 

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