Book Lists

Book Lists

LGBTQ+ Picture Books

Kearney, Rob, 1991- author.
J 796.4109 KEA
"This inspirational picture book memoir from the world's first openly gay professional strongman competitor speaks to the joyful power of discovering your strengths."--Back cover

Wild, Charlotte Sullivan, author.
Shy Violet attempts to show another girl how she feels on Valentine's Day.

Woodgate, Harry, author, illustrator.
A child who enjoys Grandad's stories of his travels and adventures with Gramps persuades him to fix up their old camper and take another trip, in honor of Gramps.

Brannen, Sarah S., author.
Chloe is jealous and sad when her favorite uncle announces that he will be getting married, but as she gets to know Jamie better and becomes involved in planning the wedding, she discovers that she will always be special to Uncle Bobby--and to Uncle Jamie, too. This 2020 edition has all-new illustrations by Lucia Soto.

"Beautiful photos of real-life families showcase all the wonderful forms of family, while poetic text builds both vocabulary and family connection. FAMILIES helps families and educators celebrate gender and ethnicity at home and in the classroom. (Part of We Are Little Feminists - the board book series made for raising intersectional feminists)"

Arnold, Elana K., author.
"Gender-creative Riley knows just what to wear for every occasion during a busy week with family and friends"-- Provided by publisher.

Genhart, Michael, author.
J 813.6 GEN
"Children from different kinds of families demonstrate the original meanings of the colors in the rainbow flag, and then come together at a Pride parade." -- (Source of summary not specified)

Fisher, Michelle Millar, author.
J 306.766 FIS
Traces the history of the Rainbow Flag, an important symbol of civil rights for the gay community.

Thorn, Theresa, author.
J 305.3 THO
A picture book that introduces the concept of gender identity to the youngest reader from writer Theresa Thorn and illustrator Noah Grigni. 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. With child-friendly language and vibrant art, It Feels Good to Be Yourself provides young readers and parents alike with the vocabulary to discuss this important topic with sensitivity.

Stevenson, Robin, 1968- author.
"In this photographic concept book, babies and toddlers are introduced to the PRIDE flag and the meaning behind each color."-- Provided by publisher.

Lukoff, Kyle, author.
When Aidan was born, everyone thought he was a girl. But once he came out as a trans boy, Aidan and his parents fixed the parts of his life that didn't fit anymore, and he settled happily into being himself. Then Mom and Dad announce that they're having another baby, and Aidan wants to get everything right for his new sibling. But what does it mean to "get everything right"? And what happens if he messes up? With a little help, Aidan discovers that he already knows the most important thing about being a brother: how to love with his whole heart. When Aidan Became a Brother is a heartfelt story that will resonate with transgender children and reassure any child concerned about becoming an older sibling as it celebrates the many transitions a family can experience. -- From dust jacket.

Love, Jessica, author, illustrator.
While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes -- and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?

Anderson, Airlie, author, illustrator.
Because Neither is unlike both the rabbits and birds of the Land of This and That, it sets out to find a new place where all kinds of creatures are welcome.

Beer, Sophie, author, illustrator.
Whether you have one parent, two moms, two dads, a mom and a dad, or another wonderful caregiver, there's one thing that makes a family a family ... and that's love.

Brichzin, Kerstin, author.
"Felix likes to wear skirts. He thinks they're fun--plus he likes the way his legs move in them. His family doesn't mind, but that's not the case for Felix's classmates. Their merciless teasing makes him want to give up school for good. Can Felix's parents come up with a way to validate Felix's expression, while also teaching the other children a lesson in acceptance?"--Publishers website.

Haack, Daniel, author.
A prince and a knight in shining armor find true love in each other's embrace after fighting a dragon together.

Moradian, Afsaneh, author.
"Jamie wants to play with everything! But the other children are confused. Some toys are just for girls and others are just for boys, aren't they? Not according to Jamie" -- publisher's description.

Silverman, Erica, author.
Susan loves her baby sister, Jackie, but as Jackie grows older and behaves more and more like a boy Susan must adjust to having a brother, Jack, instead.

Newman, Lesléa, author.
"Three-year-old Casey wants what his older sister, Jessie, has--a shimmery skirt, glittery painted nails, and a sparkly bracelet--but Jessie does not approve. After two boys tease Casey about his appearance, Jessie evolves to a place of acceptance and celebration of her gender creative younger brother"-- Provided by publisher.

Pessin-Whedbee, Brook, author.
J 305.3 PES
"What do you like? How do you feel? Who are you? This brightly illustrated children's book provides a straightforward introduction to gender for anyone aged 5+. It presents clear and direct language for understanding and talking about how we experience gender: our bodies, our expression and our identity. An interactive three-layered wheel included in the book is a simple, yet powerful, tool to clearly demonstrate the difference between our body, how we express ourselves through our clothes and hobbies, and our gender identity. Ideal for use in the classroom or at home, a short page-by-page guide for adults at the back of the book further explains the key concepts and identifies useful discussion points. This is a one-of-a-kind resource for understanding and celebrating the gender diversity that surrounds us"--Publisher.

Hong, Jess, author, illustrator.
"Big, small, curly, straight, loud, quiet, smooth, wrinkly. Lovely explores a world of differences that all add up to the same thing: we are all lovely!"-- Provided by publisher.

Mayeno, Laurin, author.
Mañana es el desfile escolar, y Danny sabe exactamente lo que será: una princesa. Mamá le apoya al 100%, y corren a la tienda de segunda mano para encontrar su traje. Es casi hora de cierre Danny encontrar el traje de sus sueños en el tiempo? Uno de A Kind, Like Me / Unico como yo es una dulce historia sobre el amor incondicional y la belleza de la individualidad. Es un libro único que levanta a los niños que no se ajustan a los estereotipos de género, y refleja el poder de una comunidad amorosa y de apoyo.

Shannon, George.
A family can be many things, in this story that introduces numbered groups from one to ten.

Manushkin, Fran, author.
Depicts families of different colors and orientations as they play at a park, swim, and celebrate at a block party.

Schiffer, Miriam B, author.
Stella brings her two fathers to school to celebrate Mother's Day.

Newman, Lesléa, author.
"Heather's favorite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, and two pets. And she also has two mommies. When Heather goes to school for the first time, someone asks her about her daddy, but Heather doesn't have a daddy. Then something interesting happens. When Heather and her classmates all draw pictures of their families, not one drawing is the same. It doesn't matter who makes up a family, the teacher says, because "the most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love one another"" -- provided by publisher.

Baldacchino, Christine, 1977- author.
A young boy faces adversity from classmates when he wears an orange dress at school.

Hoffman, Sarah, author.
Jacob, who likes to wear dresses at home, convinces his parents to let him wear a dress to school too.

Pitman, Gayle E.
"A picture book illustrating a Pride parade. The endmatter serves as a primer on LGBT history and culture and explains the references made in the story"-- Provided by publisher.

Oelschlager, Vanita.
A young boy describes to two other children how his two mommies help him with all his needs.

Newman, Lesléa.
A baby enjoys a number of fun activities with her two mothers.

Parr, Todd.
Este libro ilustrado para niños enseña que, entre otras cosas, está bien ser adoptado, está bien tener ruedas, y está bien tener las orejas grandes.

Richardson, Justin, 1963- author.
There are all kinds of animals families in the zoo. But Tango's family is not like any of the others. Follow along with the enclosed compact disc as the extraordinary Neil Patrick Harris reads this true and heart warming tale of two plucky penguins who made history.

Lukoff, Kyle, author.
"Cuando nació Aidan, todos pensaban que era una niña. Pero una vez que indicó su identidad como un niño trans. Aidan y sus padres cambiaron las partes de su vida que ya no encajaban y él se preparó felizmente para ser él mismo por fin. Luego, mamá y papá ununcian que van tener otro bebé y Aidan quiere que todo salga bien para su nuevo hermane. Pero, ¿qué significa "hacer todo bien"? ¿Y qué pasa si se equivoca? Con un poco da ayuda, Aidan descubre que ya sable lo más importante sobre ser un hermano: cómo amar con todo su corazón."-- Provided by publisher.

McGinty, Alice B., 1963- author.
Dad has posted a list of chores for the family to do before grandma comes, including bathing the cat; but the cat does not want a bath, so she mixes up the instructions, and soon the family is mowing the floor, vacuuming the lawn, mopping the baby--and the house is in chaos.

Stuart, Scott (Children's author), author, artist.
"My Dad has a shadow that's blue as a berry, and my Mum's is as pink as a blossoming cherry. There's only those choices, a 2 or a 1. But mine is quite different, it's both and it's none. A heartwarming and inspiring book about being true to yourself, by best-selling children's book creator Scott Stuart. This story considers gender beyond binary in a vibrant spectrum of colour." -- Provided by publisher.