21 Diverse Children’s Books with LGBTQ Characters
These wonderfully diverse picture books, with LGBTQ characters, can be used with children of all ages to answer their questions with understanding and empathy.
Celebrate Pride Month (and every month) with LGBTQ Characters
As teachers, we will have seen diverse children and their families come through our doors. It is important that we celebrate every child under our care for who they are.
Every Children’s Library Lady book list is as diverse as possible and this one is no exception. You will find LGBTQ characters from different backgrounds and cultures. Many of the books are suitable for pre-school age children.
Some of the books celebrate Pride Month, its history and the people behind it. You can find out more about how to celebrate Pride in your school, along with related resources in the posts Talking to Young Children about Pride Month.
Diverse Books with LGBTQ Characters
10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
Angus all Aglow by Heather Smith
From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea by Kai Cheng Thom & Kai Yun Ching
Jack (Not Jackie) by Erica Silverman
Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino
Neither by Airlie Anderson
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders
Sparkle Boy by Lesléa Newman
Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer
This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman
I hope you enjoyed browsing these wonderfully diverse picture books with LGBTQ characters. They are a great way to celebrate Pride Month, but of course, should be read all year round!
Let their stories be heard to promote understanding and tolerance in your classroom. If you have any further suggestions let me know in the comments below!
Here are some resources for you to use in your classroom or school. You can find more at Talking to Young Children about Pride Month.
- Educate & Celebrate: PRIDE In Education Classroom Resources
- Educate & Celebrate: Posters and media completely free to download!
- GLSEN: Educator Resources and Developing LGBTQ-Inclusive Classroom Resources
- Safe @ School: Lesson Plans and Tool Kits
- Stonewall: Best practice, toolkits and resources
- University of Southern California: LGBT Resource Center
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