25 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 questions with understanding and empathy.
Celebrate Pride with LGBTQ Characters in Picture Books
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. Some books illustrate characters happily going about their daily business, while others are more suitable for more specific conversations, including self-acceptance and identity. 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 Pride Month 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
Jack (Not Jackie) by Erica Silverman
Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino
My Footprints by Bao Phi
Neither by Airlie Anderson
Over the Shop by JonArno Lawson
Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival
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. Let their stories be heard to promote understanding and tolerance in your classroom.
- Educate & Celebrate: PRIDE In Education Classroom Resources
- GLSEN: Educator Resources and Developing LGBTQ-Inclusive Classroom Resources
- Safe @ School: Lesson Plans and Tool Kits
- Stonewall: Best practice, toolkits and resources
If you have any further suggestions of books with LGBTQ characters and how you celebrate Pride in your school let me know in the comments below!
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