All Kinds of Kids, All Kinds of Families

A booklist that celebrates differences

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From books with main characters who are LGBTQ+ or still figuring out their orientations, to stories of adoptive, divorced, and blended families, check out these titles to help your kids understand that all families, including theirs, are important. While differences exist, we are all actually more alike than different.


1. Who's in My Family?

Written by Robie Harris, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

Ages 3-7

Accessible, humorous, and full of charming illustrations depicting families of many configurations, this engaging story interweaves conversations between the siblings and a matter-of-fact text, making it clear to every child that whoever makes up your family, it is perfectly normal — and totally wonderful.

2. Heather Has Two Mommies

Written by Leslea Newman, illustrated by Laura Cornell

Ages 3+

Heather’s favorite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, and two pets. And she also has two mommies!

3. I'm Adopted!

Written by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly

Ages 3-6

Why was I adopted? What was it like where I was born? How did you find me? The creators of this book demystify adoption for young children and celebrate the joy that comes with adding to a family.

4. Worm Loves Worm

Written by J.J. Austrian, illustrated by Mike Curato

Ages 3-8

Worm loves worm, and now they want to get married. But which worm is the bride and which is the groom?  And does it matter?

5. I Am Jazz

Written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas

Ages 4+

The story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for trans kids everywhere!

6. The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond

Written by Brenda Woods

Ages 8-12

The uplifting story of a girl finally meeting the African American side of her family that explores racism and how it feels to be biracial, and celebrates families of all kinds.

7. Big Bob, Little Bob

Written by James Howe, illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson

Ages 3-7

Three friends learn that gender doesn’t matter when it comes to playing with toys.

8. Home at Last

Written and illustrated by Vera Williams and Chris Raschka

Age 5-8

Lester finds a loving home with Daddy Rich and Daddy Albert and their big, fluffy dog.

9. The Year of the Baby

Written by Andrea Cheng, illustrated by Patrice Barton

Ages 6-9

Last year, Anna learned how to be a good friend. Now that her family has adopted a baby girl from China, she wants to learn how to be a good sister.

10. Lily and Dunkin

Written by Donna Gephart

Ages 10+

Lily is fighting to live openly as a girl, Dunkin is fighting his memories of his father, and they’re both fighting to save the tree in front of the library.

11. When Otis Courted Mama

Written by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by Jill McElmurry 

Ages 4-7

Set in the southwestern desert, this adorable, humble tale of how a young coyote copes with divorced parents will win children's hearts.

12. Jacob's New Dress

Written by Sarah and Ian Hoffman, illustrated by Chris Case

Ages 4+

This heartwarming story speaks to the unique challenges faced by boys who don't identify with traditional gender roles.

13. Inevitable and Only

Written by Lisa Rosinsky

Ages 10+

A deeply emotional coming-of-age story that explores the choices you make when your family—and your life—changes overnight.

14. Because Your Grandparents Love You

Written by Andrew Clements, illustrated by R. W. Alley 

Ages 4-7

As every child knows, grandparents are special. Why? Because they love their grandchildren in their own unique way.