National Day for Truth and Reconciliation This Saturday (September 30) is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day. Click here for some resources that can help us all learn about residential schools and their impact. By learning about...
LGBTQ2S+ Books for Children Birth to 6 Years
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
Daddy, Papa, and Me
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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BridgeWay staff have read and reflected on some children's books by Indigenous authors and/or illustrators. Below is a list of books and what stood out to each staff member as they read through the story on their own or with children and families. We hope you enjoy...
Picture books are a great way for children to learn about cultures as well as celebrate themselves and their family. These 7 books are written by authors of Asian descent with themes we can all relate to – feeling loved and connected, showing love and of course loving...
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