Celebrate LGBTQ+ with Children's Literature

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and a great way to celebrate this month is by sharing books with your children with LGBTQ+ families. This is a great way to start a conversation with your child, and to celebrate diversity.

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson is a classic LGBTQ book about two male penguins who fall in love and get married; it’s even based on a true story. And, this book is celebrating its’ 10th anniversary!

Suzanne Lang wrote a fun book called Families, Families, Families! which celebrates all different kinds of diverse families. The illustrations are fun and bright; they depict different animal families. It teaches children that some children live with their dad, some children have two moms, some children are adopted, and more. The use of animals makes it a little more fun too.

Next, is Christine Baldacchino’s book, Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress. As the title states, Morris is a boy who faces adversity for wearing a lovely orange dress. The illustrations are sometimes muted making Morris’ tangerine dress stand out all the more. This is a great book to share with children because it challenges stereotypes and teaches children to celebrate who they are and what they like.

In Our Mother’s House by Patricia Polacco is a classic book about three adopted children who are raised by two mothers. The books shows how the children grow up just the same as everyone else, their family just looks a little different. The illustrations are true to Polacco’s style with the use of markers and color pencils.

Lastly, Gayle E. Pitman’s story, This Day in June, is vibrantly illustrated by Kristyna Litten and depicts a Pride parade in the most fun way. It shares information about LGBTQ history and culture and is a great way to introduce diversity to children.

Check out these chapter books for older children: George, Gracefully Grayson, My Mixed Up Berry Blue Summer. And, these two non-fiction books: I Am Jazz! and The Great Big Book of Families.