12 LGBTQ+ Books for Young Children

June is Pride Month, and I thought this would be a great time to compile a list of children’s lgbtq+ books that show that being queer is normal.

BUT Why do kids need LGBtQ+ BOOKS?

Queer kids exist. Kids with queer family members exist. 11.3 million people identify as LGBTQIA+ in the USA, and that number is only growing as it becomes more acceptable for people to be who they are. So if you’re a teacher, you’ve probably got some queer students, or students with queer family members.

This is why it’s important to read diverse books with LGBTQIA+ characters in them. When children see characters that represent them, it’s comforting and can improve their self-image. An article by Scholastic says: These books show kids who are going through similar experiences that they’re not alone, and give children who aren’t the chance to better understand those who are.”

Reading books with LGBTQIA+ characters teaches tolerance  and reduces bullying. It’s just as important for students with straight, cisgender family members to read and know these stories.

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LGBTQ Books for Preschoolers

12 LGBTQ+ Books for Young Children

  1. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson

Preschool LGBTQ Books

2. Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer

LGTBQ Preschool Book

3. Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart, PhD

  

4. Pink is for Boys by Robb Pearlman

5. Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

6. Mommy, Mama, & Me by Carol Thompson

7. I am Jazz by Jazz Jennings and Jessica Herthel

8. It Feels Good to Be Yourself by Theresa Thorn

9. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman

10. This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman

11. Daddy, Papa, & Me by Leslea Newman

12, Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian

 

Can you think of any other LGBTQ+ children’s books I might have missed in this list? Let me know in the comments!

Fairy Tale Preschool Theme Ideas

Hey all you princes, princesses, and knights! I’ve put together some of my favorite fairy tale preschool theme ideas to help you plan.

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1. Read Fairy Tale Pets

Fairy Tale Preschool Book: Fairy Tale Pets

This is such a silly read-aloud, especially if your preschoolers are already familiar with popular fairy tales. Click here to check it out on Amazon.

2. Play this fairy tale rhyming game

Fairy Tale Preschool Theme - Rhymes

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Camping Theme Activities for Preschool

I love teaching a camping theme! It’s so fun to set up a tent and a pretend campfire in the classroom and pretend to roast marshmallows and make s’mores. Camping is a great fall theme, but it works in the summer, too!

Camping Theme  Math Center – Count & Clip Cards

Preschool Camping Theme - math center

This is a fun math center for preschoolers! Children simply count the camping related items and then attach a clothespin to the correct number. You could also use a small manipulative (like marshmallows!) to place on the correct number instead.

Click here for the Camping Count & Clip Cards. 

 

Campfire Art Activity

Preschool campfire process art activity

Can you guess what tool we used to paint the campfire? Plastic forks! 

We cut out brown “logs” with construction paper–just brown rectangles. The students glued these to their papers. Then, they dipped plastic forks into red, orange, and yellow paint to create the campfire’s flames.

 

s’mores Literacy activity

S'more Literacy - Preschool Camping Theme Center

This is SO FUN! Preschoolers can build a s’more by matching the uppercase & lowercase letters with two beginning sounds pictures.  Click here to find the pack of S’more Literacy Activities. ‘

 

Easy S’mores SNACK

These s’mores are so easy to make, and they’re a lot less messy than “real” s’mores!

Preschool camping theme snack - easy s'mores

You’ll just need:

  • Graham Crackers
  • Marshmallow Creme/Fluff
  • Chocolate Icing

They taste just like actual s’mores, and your kiddos will love them! Older children can help you spread the icing and marshmallow creme onto the graham crackers.

My son and I made this at home and we added up making a dip by mixing the marshmallow creme and chocolate icing together. We dunked our graham crackers in the dip–it’s really good that way, too!

 

preschool camping theme bundle

Get a whole bundle of preschool camping printables here!

 

Preschool Books for Teaching About COVID-19

It’s hard enough for adults to adjust to the “new normal” of life in the time of COVID-19. But it’s even harder for little ones to navigate these unprecedented times. (Are you tired of the phrase “unprecedented times”? Me too!)_

I found some books that can help you teach health and safety concepts to preschoolers during the coronavirus pandemic.

1. Germs vs. Soap

This funny book shows the secret world of germs and how much theyabsolutely, positively do NOT like soap. Children need to learn proper handwashing skills in order to help prevent the spread of viruses, and a quirky book like Germs vs. Soap makes handwashing fun!

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