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10 LGBTQ+ Inclusive Books for Children

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It’s never too early to teach your kids about love and acceptance. In June, Pride Month is the perfect opportunity to introduce your children to the variety of children’s books that are LGBTQ+ inclusive. We’ve selected 10 books for young readers that highlight the many ways that people and families can identify.

Love Makes A Family“Love Makes a Family”
by Sophie Beer


Through celebrating different families, this board book makes it clear that love is what always matters most. Ages 9 months-3 years

Pride 1 2 3 9781534464995 Lg“Pride 1 2 3”
by Michael Joosten, illustrated by Wednesday Holmes

This colorful, counting board book is the perfect way to introduce children to the spirit of Pride, LGBTQIA+ identities and a diverse array of families. Ages 1-5 years

Cover They She He Me Product Page New 500px Reflection Press“They She He Me: Free to Be!”
by Maya and Matthew Gonzalez

For anyone trying to explain pronouns to their children, this book is the perfect introduction. The beautiful watercolor illustrations and informative texts celebrate and explain the many ways that people identify. Ages 3+ years

Ritu Weds Chandni Cover“Ritu Weds Chandni”
by Ameya Narvankar

Ayesha is excited to attend her cousin’s wedding, but not everyone else at the ceremony is happy that she is marrying a woman. This book explores love and the power of young people to stand up to prejudice. Ages 4-7 years

 

Julian Is A Mermaid“Julián Is a Mermaid”
by Jessica Love

Through gorgeous illustrations and thoughtful storytelling, Love tells the story of a gender nonconforming child in this award-winning book. Ages 4-8 years

I Am Jazz 500x281“I Am Jazz” 
by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas

Myrainbow 1“My Rainbow”
by DeShanna and Trinity Neal and illustrated by Art Twink

Mother-daughter advocate duo DeShanna and Trinity Neal tell the true story of Trinity, a transgender girl, searching for a wig to express herself and her mother’s determination to create it for her.

Pride“Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag”
by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Steven Salerno

Kids will learn about the history behind the rainbow pride flag through this true story of social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker. Ages 5-8 years

Stella Brings The Family“Stella Brings the Family”
by Miriam B. Schiffer and illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown

Stella has to figure out what to do when her class has a Mother’s Day celebration since she has two dads. This book is about love, acceptance and family. Ages 5-8 years

When You Love“When We Love Someone We Sing to Them / Cuando Amanos Cantamos
by Ernesto Javier Martínez and illustrated by Maya Gonzalez

A touching tale of music and young love, this lyrical, bilingual book told in Spanish and English follows the story of a boy searching for a traditional Mexican song to sing for his crush, another boy. His father helps him write and perform one. Ages 7-10

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