Our theme for this month’s Diverse Children’s Books linkups is Favorite Children’s Books Featuring an LGBTQ Character(s). (The theme is only a suggestion. Diverse posts on alternate topics are always welcome.)
Here are a few of mine:
Picture Books with LGBTQ Parents
The Family Book by Todd Parr
Todd Parr’s inimitable voice assures readers that whether your family has two dads, two moms, or something else, every family is special in its own unique way. [picture book, ages 2 and up]
Stella Brings the Family by M
This gentle story of Stella’s dilemma for her school Mother’s Day event showcases her loving family with two dads. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Laura Cornell
Heather has a lot of things that come in pairs: arms, legs, pets … and moms! She has Mama Jane and Mama Kate. When she starts kindergarten, she realizes that she might be the only one without a daddy. But when her class draws a picture of their family, Heather realizes that every family is special and that it doesn’t matter how many mommies or daddies your family has. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
And Tango Makes Three by
A true story from New York’s Central Park Zoo illustrates that it only takes love, even in the animal kingdom, to make a family. The penguin house is home to two daddy penguins who adopt an egg and hatch a baby. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Mommy, Mama, and Me by
With rhyming text, this picture book depicts a loving lesbian couple with their toddler. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
ABC A Family Alphabet Book by
This alphabet book celebrates LBGTQ diversity in families but the point of this book is teaching the alphabet. I like how diversity is presented as every day. [picture book, ages 2 and up]
This Day in June by
Join in this celebration of the LGBT community and use this award-winning picture book as a tool for teaching understanding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and families. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Queer Heroes: Meet 53 LGBTQ Heroes from Past & Present! by Arabelle Sicardi, illustrated by Sarah Tanat-Jones
53 LGBTQ role models are detailed from all over the world in this anthology from Sappho to Audre Lorde to Frida Kahlo to Leonardo Da Vinci to Tim Cook. The short profiles are engaging and informative and the list of 53 notables is eye-opening and inspiring. [nonfiction anthology, ages 8 and up]
Bilingual Spanish LGBTQ Picture Books
One of a Kind, Like Me/Único Como Yo by Laurin Mayeno, illustrated by Robert Liu-Trujillo, translated by Teresa Mlawer
This is a gentle story introducing gender diversity. Danny wants to be a purple princess for the school parade, and his family helps him create a costume from thrift store finds. The author hopes that her book gives children a sense of belonging and courage to be who they are, and an appreciation for people who are different from themselves. [bilingual Spanish picture book, ages 4 and up]
My Dad is a Clown/Mi Papa Es Un Payaso by José Carlos Andrés and Natalia Hernandez Josa Carlos Andras
This charming bilingual Spanish picture book starts off with a boy who is called a clown in anger. He doesn’t mind. His dad is a clown and he knows what important work is. His other dad is a doctor; together they sneak into clown rehearsal and realize how grueling it is. As the boy ponders his loving fathers and the work they each do, he comes up with a plan to combine both for his future profession. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Here’s a resource for more LGBTQ books: LBGT Book Lists for Kids of All Ages.
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