10 LGBTQ+ Children's Books For Kids of All Ages

Celebrate Pride Month—and love, family, and identity—by reading one of these LGBTQ+ books with your child. Good for toddlers, elementary-aged kids, teens, and tweens.

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Reading is an amazing thing. Books can entertain us, transporting us to new places and spaces. To incredible realms full of amazing things. They can educate us. Books don't just promote literacy, they increase our general knowledge—and reduce stress. And books are an incredibly useful resource, particularly for families. Parents often turn to them to help explain things like mental health, emotional regulation, welcoming a new sibling, and death. But did you know books can help our children better understand LGBTQ+ issues? It's true. Giving kids access to books that showcase LGBTQ+ families and experiences is essential not only for children who might be questioning their sexuality, but for all kids to understand the different types of people, relationships, and families that make up our society.

Jonathan Hamilt, global programming director of Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH), which was started to help "give kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models," knows just how important it is to expose kids to these types of books. During Story Hour, "kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress-up is real," he says.

Through books and storytimes that take place all over the country, DQSH has been able to "introduce kids to parts of LGBTQ+ history and culture in age-appropriate settings," says Hamilt. "Drag performers have often been at the forefront of activism, fundraising, and volunteer work in our communities, and serve as role models for how to celebrate what makes us special by putting our best high-heeled foot forward and wearing a huge sparkly smile."

But you don't have to attend DQSH to expose your kids to LGBTQ+ stories. You can do so at home. The 10 LGBTQ+ children's books on this list will engage your child no matter how they identify, with engaging tales and relatable characters and experiences.

'Mommy, Mama, and Me'

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Written by Lesléa Newman; illustrated by Carol Thompson

This book beautifully showcases the love of a family through rhyming and illustrations. Newman and Thompson also worked together on Daddy, Papa, and Me.

'George'

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Written and illustrated by Alex Gino

With a little help from her friends, George can step into her true gender and try out for the part of Charlotte in their class play, "Charlotte's Web," in this moving story about identity.

'This Day in June'

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Written by Gayle E. Pitman; illustrated by Kristyna Litten

Experience the vibrance of a Pride parade through colorful pictures and exuberant language. Pitman also provides parents with a guide about talking to kids about their sexuality and identity.

'Home at Last'

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Written by Vera B. Williams; illustrated by Chris Raschka

This book shows that love and fear can come with adoption. With the help of his loving dads and his dog Wincka, young Lester finally feels safe at home.

'Better Nate Than Ever'

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Written by Tim Federle

This story follows Nate as he makes the trek from his home in small-town Pennsylvania to New York City to pursue his passion for musical theater. He learns that sometimes, home is smack dab in the middle of one of the biggest cities in the world.

'Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe'

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Written. by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

An unlikely friendship blossoms into a first love in this thought-provoking middle-grade novel. It explores themes such as love, sexuality, belonging, and family.

'Little and Lion'

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Written by Brandy Colbert

Readers follow Suzette, a teenager who is coming to terms with her bisexuality and brother's mental illness, in this honest depiction of modern teenage life.

'Labyrinth Lost'

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Written by Zoraida Cordovabert

This book is part of the Brooklyn Bruja series and follows Alex, a teenage witch, who travels to Los Lagos, a mystical limbo world, to save her family from a spell she cast. It explores LGBTQ themes and Latin-American family dynamics.

'Of Fire and Stars'

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Written by Audrey Coulthurst

Two young, powerful princesses find themselves falling in love while at the same time fighting to protect their respective kingdoms in this thrilling YA novel.

'The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet'

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Written by Becky Chambers

When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she and the reader are introduced to a cast of characters that openly discusses gender identity, sexuality, spirituality, science, and more.

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