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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12 LGBTQ+ Books for Young Children
- And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
2. Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer
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!