Representation is so important.
It not only invites those who identify as LGBTQ an opportunity to be represented – including those who have LGBTQ parents – but it teaches others about inclusivity and acceptance. So I asked my friend Kate from Lesbemums to help me compile a list of diverse books that are perfect for introducing to your children. So over to Kate……
In my opinion, the best way to teach this is through reading. From the moment your child is born books are there. They’re the last thing they see before they go to sleep and they’re often a calming method. But, imagine reading books where every story shows a family repeatedly different from yours. It can become quite isolating when it should be inclusive to all. This is where LGBTQ-friendly books for Young Children come in.
Nowadays, books are becoming much more diverse. Books like Julian is a Mermaid (UK Link/US Link)- a book about a gender-questioning child and his journey to becoming a mermaid – has won several prestigious awards over the past few years, however, it wasn’t always like that. The first-ever children’s book that featured LGBTQ people – Jenny Lives with Eric and Martin – was only published in 1981!
With the recent introduction of the ‘No Outsiders’ project, seen primarily in Birmingham but eventually leading to changes in RSHE (Relationships, Sex, and Health Education) in schools, there are now endless resources to find and read about diverse families and people.
Here are a few of our favourites and must-have LGBTQ-friendly books for Young Children:
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And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell
I am Jazz by Jessica Hershel
Jazz is a girl in a boy’s body and always knew it.
This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman
King and King / King & King and Family by Linda De Haan
The sequel to this book *spoiler* see’s Kings Lee & Bertie go through the journey of adoption.
Heather Has Two Mummies by Leslea Newman
When the class have to draw family portraits one day it becomes evident very quickly that not one single family are the same.
Not Yet a Yeti by Lou Treleaven & Tony Neal
The Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman
If you have a family, it’ll be in this book. This is a wholesome book showing the reader every type of family there is. From children with 6 brothers and step-sisters, to in-laws, and ones with a menagerie of pets! (UK Link/US Link)
10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert
Until Bailey met Laurel, no one wanted to hear about his dreams about beautiful dresses.
Daddy, Papa, and Me / Mummy, Mama, and Me by Leslea Newman
A simple story about two dads / two mums and the things that they like to do as a family, with rhymes and cute illustrations along the way.
Spacegirl Pukes by Katy Watson
Just as Spacegirl is about to go on an important mission to space she falls victim to a stomach bug.
Make sure you check out our other posts about reading with children including LGBTQ-friendly books for Primary aged Children