These days, authors go far beyond the established standards and add diverse heroes. Read the post and find popular children’s books with LGBT characters.
For most kids, children’s books are a helpful source of information about the world we live in. These stories help children learn about other people who might be different from them such as LGBTQIA characters in picture books. Let’s take a look at some popular ones.
And Tango Makes Three by
This is a heartwarming true story about two male penguins who live at the Central Park Zoo. Thanks to a kind zookeeper Roy and Silo, the two male penguins, got the chance to adopt a baby penguin and raise him together. [picture book, ages 2 and up]
I Am Jazz by
This is a real-life narrative about Jazz, a transgender person. Jazz, the main character, is a boy who doesn’t feel comfortable in his body. She liked unicorns, pink clothes, and cosmetics from a very young age. Jazz’s family was confused by such behavior. They decided to bring her to a physician who claimed that she is a girl born in a boy’s body.
This book is helpful for adults who wish to learn more about the issues that transgender kids face. If you’re a student who needs to write a research paper about transgender kids, read this book. You can get essay writer help if you pay someone to write essay for you and you will get a stress-free draft. If you are worried about the price, many companies can write my essay cheap. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
In Our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco
This book is aimed to break stereotypes by showing the life of a family with same-sex parents. The book tells the story of two women who live together in a big house with multiracial adopted kids. Their home is full of love and happiness. [picture book, ages 6 and up]
Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne Lang
All kids know the word “Family.” They associate it with a father, mother, sisters and brother, grandparents, and even cousins. However, the truth is that families don’t always look the same way. Family members can be the same gender, multiracial, and adopted.
The book showcases the different types of families that also exist. The author used silly and funny animals to show the diversity of families that a kid can meet. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman, illustrated by Laura Cornell
This is a popular LGBTQ+ picture book showcasing Heather and her same-sex parents. When she draws her family at school, she learns that there are all kinds of families just like hers. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack, illustrated by Stevie Lewis
Fairy tales always seem to be about a brave knight who fights a monster to save a princess. However, in this story, a prince refuses to marry any of the women that his parents chose for him. The prince meets a brave knight and starts an adventure with him. They defeat a dangerous creature and fall in love with each other. This LGBTQ-inclusive book also has a surprising ending that implies non-heterosexual love. of time. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
The Real Riley Mayes by Rachel Elliott
Review by Ms. Yingling Reads:
“ Even though Riley is having problems, she still is fairly upbeat, and the color palette reflects that with sunny yellows and blues. Her parents don’t quite understand her, but try to work with her rather than punish her for things like cutting her own hair. (They offer to help trim it a bit, and put forward the opinion that it’s a bit drastic, but are otherwise okay with it.) While a good number of the children in her class are mean, she does at least have support from Aaron, who gets her sense of humor, and Cate, who sticks up for her with the mean girls. Riley’s questioning, and wanting to seek help from Aaron’s dads, seems realistic, and the treatment she receives at school is also, sadly, probably true to form. ” [middle grade, ages 8 and up]
What are your favorite LGBTQ+ books for kids? I have a few more posts here:
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10 Groundbreaking LGBTQ Children’s Books
Diverse Children’s Book Linky: LGBTQ #DiverseKidLit & More
Favorite Children’s Books Featuring a LGBTQ Character
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