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LGBTQ2S+ Books for Children Birth to 6 Years

May 30, 2023
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We’ve put together a list of books celebrating LGBTQ2S+ children and families! These books are perfect for children with queer parents/caregivers to see families like theirs, for children to see themselves and their peers, and for everyone to learn about and celebrate all families and genders. Here are 15 beautiful LGBTQ2S+ books for you and your little one to enjoy.

Some of these books have a lot of words for children under 6 years old – start by exploring the pictures or picking a couple words on each page to read out loud.

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Books about Family

My Two Moms and Me

My Two Moms and Me by Michael Joosten takes us through one child’s fun day out with their family. Read along here!

Daddy, Papa, and Me

There are so many fun things to do at home! Daddy, Papa, and Me by Leslea Newman describes lots of activities we can enjoy with our families. Read along here.

Uncle Bobby’s Wedding by Sarah S. Brannan

When Uncle Bobby announces he’s engaged, Chloe worries her and her uncle won’t be able to spend time together. It doesn’t take long for Chloe to see she can still have fun with Uncle Bobby AND with her new Uncle Jamie! You can read along to Uncle Bobby’s Wedding here.

We Are Family by Patricia Hagarty

A family can look lots of different ways—what brings a family together is love! We follow lots of different families through their day in this beautiful book. Read We Are Family by Patricia Hagarty here.

Grandad’s Camper by Harry Woodgate

Grandad tells his granddaughter the wonderful moments he and her Gramps shared while travelling in their camper. Read this story here!

A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelshlager

A little boy’s friends want to know: which mommy helps him ride a bike? Which mommy helps him fly a kite? This book shows that there is lots of love in all kinds of families. Click here to read A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager!

Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer

This story shows us lots of families and the simple ways they show their love. You can read along to Love Makes a Family here.

Books about Gender Identity and Expression

Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Julian is amazed by the beautiful mermaids he sees and wants to become one himself! Click here to read Julian is a Mermaid.

My Shadow is Purple by Scott Stuart

What colour is your shadow? My Shadow is Purple celebrates gender identity and expression of all kinds. Read along here!

Jack (Not Jackie) by Erica Silverman

Susan is so excited to have a baby sister, Jackie. As Jackie grows, she doesn’t want to wear dresses or play with the same toys as Susan, and soon starts to go by Jack. With their parent’s support, Susan realizes that Jack is the same loving sibling she’s always had and begins to celebrate everything about who he is! Read Jack (Not Jackie) here.

Neither by Airlie Anderson

When you’re not ‘this’ or ‘that’ you might feel like you don’t fit in. This book reminds us that there is space for all of us and that different is beautiful and wonderful! Click here to read Neither by Airlie Anderson.

Pink is for Boys by Robb Pearlman

This book of colours redefines what it means to love pink and blue. Read Pink is for Boys here.

Books about Pride

Rainbow by Michael Genhart

Rainbows are nature’s way of showing us how beautiful diversity is! Rainbow by Michale Genhart teaches us what each colour of the rainbow flag means. Read along here.

Be Amazing A History of Pride by Desmond is Amazing

Learn about the History of Pride through beautiful illustrations and words by Drag Kid, Desmond is Amazing, here!

‘Twas the Night Before Pride by Joanna McClintick

Pride is about coming together to celebrate and stand up for the right of the LGBTQ2S+ community. Get ready for Pride as you read along to ‘Twas the Night Before Pride!

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