Here’s a selection of recent picture books that feature LGBTQ+ parents, kids, and communities. We welcome rainbow families in our library and represent them in our collections! We have picture books and parenting resources for gender nonconforming kids, queer comics for all ages, books to support questioning kids and teens, and more. Please let us know if we can find some just right books for your family.
Bathe the Cat by Alice by McGinty; illustrated by David Roberts
Dad has posted a list of chores for the family to do, including bathing the cat; but the cat does not want a bath, so she mixes up the instructions, and soon the house is in chaos.
Mama and Mommy and Me in the Middle by Nina LaCour; illustrated by Kaylani Juanita
When her Mama goes on a business trip, a little girl, who loves to sit between Mama and Mommy at the table, misses her while she is away and plans a surprise for her return.
Call me Max by Kyle Lukoff; illustrated by Luciano Lozano
Written with warmth and sensitivity by award–winning trans writer Lukoff, this series is a sweet and age-appropriate introduction to what it means to be transgender.
Phoenix goes to School: A Story to Support Transgender and Gender Diverse Children by Michelle Finch; illustrated by Sharon Davey.
With encouragement from her mother, teacher, and a fellow student, Phoenix, who was assigned male at birth but identifies as female, finds the courage to face the first day of school.
Families & community
I Love You because I Love You by by Muon Thi Van; illustrated by Jessica Love
This heartfelt book details all the big and small reasons why we love the people we do, featuring a diversity of families.
Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer
This colorful board book conveys that 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.
We are Little Feminists: Families by Sophie Beer
Beautiful photos of real LGBTQ and ally families showcase all the wonderful forms of family, gender, and sexuality, while poetic text builds both vocabulary and empathy.
Pink, Blue, and You! Questions for Kids about Gender Stereotypes by Elise Gravel
Loaded with kid-friendly questions, this book opens the door to conversation about gender and everyone’s right to be who they are.
Who are you? The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee
Provides a straightforward introduction to gender and identity for kids, includes an interactive wheel and additional information for grown-ups.
Looking for LGBTQ chapter books for kids, check out this blog post, Rainbow Reads: Chapter Books.
For more award winning LGBTQIA+ titles for kids, teens and adults, check out the Stonewall Book Awards, awarded by the American Library Association Rainbow Round Table. Or, just ask your librarian! How can we help?