Books to Celebrate Pride

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June is Pride month! Celebrate with these books about LGBTQ+ families and kids to help your kids understand that all families are special, and while differences exist, we are all actually more alike than different.

Looking to pick up a copy of one of these titles? They're available at your favorite bookshop or consider shopping from these LGBTQ-owned or Black-owned bookstores.

And Tango Makes Three

Written by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, illustrated by Henry Cole

Ages 2-5

At the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo got the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.

Introducing Teddy: A Gentle Story About Gender and Friendship

Written by Jessica Walton, illustrated by Dougal MacPherson

Ages 3-6

This story introduces the youngest readers to understanding gender identity and transition in an accessible and heart-warming story about being true to yourself and being a good friend.

The Family Book

Written and illustrated by Todd Parr

Ages 3-6

Whether you have two moms or two dads, a big family or a small family, a clean family or a messy one, this book assures readers that no matter what kind of family you have, every family is special in its own unique way.

Daddy, Papa, and Me

Written by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Carol Thompson 

Ages 3-7

Rhythmic text and illustrations show a toddler spending the day with its daddies. From hide-and-seek to dress-up, then bath time and a kiss goodnight, there's no limit to what a loving family can do together. 

Donovan's Big Day

Written by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Mike Dutton

Ages 3-7

Donovan's two moms are getting married, and he can't wait for the celebration to begin. After all, as ringbearer, he has a very important job to do. The story captures the joy and excitement of a wedding day while the illustrations show the happy occasion from a child's point of view.

Mommy, Mama, and Me

Written by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Carol Thompson

Ages 3-7

Mommy, Mama, and Me depicts the gentle, nurturing relationship of a lesbian couple and their little one. See this book’s gay-fathers counterpart, Daddy, Papa, and Me, by the same creators, above.

A Family Is a Family Is a Family

Written by Sara O'Leary, illustrated by Qin Leng

Ages 4-7

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. The students learn that as long as their family is full of caring people, their family is special.

When Aidan Became a Brother

Written by Kyle Lukoff, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita 

Ages 4-7

This sweet picture book celebrates the changes in a transgender boy's life, from his initial coming-out to becoming a big brother.

I Am Jazz

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

Ages 4-8

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

It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity

Written by Theresa Thorn, illustrated by Noah Grigni 

Ages 4-8

Some people are boys. Some people are girls. Some people are both, neither, or somewhere in between. This sweet, straightforward exploration of gender identity will give children a fuller understanding of themselves and others.

Julián Is a Mermaid

Written and illustrated by Jessica Love

Ages 4-8

In an exuberant picture book, a glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world.

Prince & Knight

Written by Daniel Haack, illustrated by Stevie Lewis

Ages 4-8

In this modern fairy tale, a noble prince and a brave knight come together to defeat a terrible monster and in the process find true love in a most unexpected place.

Worm Loves Worm

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

Ages 4-8

You are cordially invited to celebrate the wedding of a worm...and a worm. But their friends want to know—who will wear the dress? And who will wear the tux? The answer is: It doesn't matter. Because worm loves worm.

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag

Written by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Steven Salerno 

Ages 5-8

In this 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. 

Stella Brings the Family

Written by Miriam B. Schiffer, illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown

Ages 5-8

Stella's class is having a Mother's Day celebration, but what's a girl with two daddies to do? Fortunately, Stella finds a unique solution to her party problem in this sweet story about love, acceptance, and the true meaning of family.

Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution

Written by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Jamey Christoph 

Ages 5-8

Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising with the very first picture book to tell of its historic and inspiring role in the gay civil rights movement.

George

Written by Alex Gino

Ages 8-12

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.