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1,2,3: A Family Counting Book by Bonnie Combs
Whether it’s two moms sharing dessert with their kids on the back porch, or two dads telling bedtime stories, every page of this book brings LGBT families along for the ride as children learn to count from one to twenty.
10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert
Every night, Bailey dreams about magical dresses: dresses made of crystals and rainbows, dresses made of flowers, dresses made of windows. . . . Unfortunately, when Bailey’s awake, no one wants to hear about these beautiful dreams. Quite the contrary. “You’re a BOY!” Mother and Father tell Bailey. “You shouldn’t be thinking about dresses at all.” Then Bailey meets Laurel, an older girl who is touched and inspired by Bailey’s imagination and courage. In friendship, the two of them begin making dresses together. And Bailey’s dreams come true! This gorgeous picture book—a modern fairy tale about becoming the person you feel you are inside—will delight people of all ages.
A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for.
ABC: A Family Alphabet Book by Bobbie Combs
Join a series of families headed by LGBT parents on this adventure through the alphabet, enjoying all the things families do together.
Adopting My Two Dads by Luca Panzini
This third book from the Some Families series is based on the true story of the Leffew family, daddy Brian, daddy Jay, Daniel and Selena. We follow them through the story of their adoption and learn how this family was formed. The Some Families books have been written to show that families come in many different combinations. Every child deserves a book that reflects their lives. Adopting our two Dads also aims to help children from all backgrounds understand more about families with same-gender parents.
The Adventures of Little Miss Crazy Hair: The Girl with Curl by Christopher Garcia-Halenar and Alejandro Garcia-Halenar
The Adventures of Little Miss Crazy Hair: The Girl with Curl was inspired by the Garcia-Halenar’s beautiful niece Vivian – their very own Little Miss Crazy Hair. The book chronicles a week in the life of Little Miss Crazy Hair who along with her best friend, her dog Duke, escape on wild and wonderful daily adventures resulting from the decision of how she will wear her wonderful, curly hair. She serves tea as a Princess. She refines her poise and grace as a Prima ballerina. She bravely sails the Nile. She explores the depths of the jungle. She even ventures into the skies to pilot her friends and fly over her home town. But the daily adventures are not just about hairstyles, thrills and excitement.
Albert the Confused Manatee by Christopher Straub
Albert the Confused Manatee is a story about one animal’s quest to figure out what kind of animal he is. With the help of his 15 underwater friends, Albert learns that even though they have differences they also have a lot in common. Ideal for ages 3-5. This 9″ x 9″ hardcover children’s book contains 40 pages of original, full-color, drawings by illustrator and author Christopher Straub.
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
In the zoo there are all kinds of animal families. But Tango’s family is not like any of the others.
Antonio’s Card by Rigoberto Gonzalez
Elmer is a bit different from the other ducks. He doesn’t like to build forts with the other boys, or play sports; he’d rather bake and perform and do things that make the others call him a big sissy. But when his father needs help, Elmer shows everyone that being a sissy doesn’t mean you can’t save the day.
Baby’s First Words / Mis Primeras Palabras by Christiane Engel
Say “hello” to your new favorite first words book! Baby’s First Words was designed by a child development expert to support the way little ones naturally learn language—and to start conversations! Featuring a family with two dads, this pioneering board book encourages small children to notice similarities and differences among families. Plus, you’ll love searching for the silly woolly mammoth on every colorful page while learning 100+ words together! As unique as each and every family, Baby’s First Words is a pure delight that you’ll want to read together again and again. Also available in Spanish as Mis primeras palabras.
Best Best Colors: Los Mejores Colores by Eric Hoffman
Nate can’t make up his mind—which color is his best? As soon as he picks one, another catches his eye. He also can’t decide who his best friend is, or which Mama he likes the most (or if he likes either of them when they both say, “No”). When his Mamas bring out a rainbow flag for the Pride Parade, he realizes that all the colors, and all his friends, can be his best. Text in Spanish and English. Part of the Redleaf Press Anti-Bias Books for Kids series.
Bob The Ladybug: Bob’s New Pants by Tom Starling
Bob is a curious ladybug that is very open to learning new things about the world around him. His character is faced with a world of diversity and lessons of acceptance. Bob the Ladybug has been created to reach a target group of children ages 3-7. Join Bob on his adventures to open the minds and hearts of everyone he comes in contact with. Bob has a goal to end bullying and help children learn to accept diversity.
The Boy with the Rainbow Heart Hardcover by William Mason
If you are looking for a children’s book that teaches acceptance to any child who may be feeling different, this book is for you! This is a children’s story about a young boy with a rainbow heart who turns the town of Gray into the town of Shine – through love, kindness, and by being himself. It is a book that teaches love and acceptance for all people – no matter what color your heart may shine!
The Boy Who Cried Fabulous by Leslea Newman
The only thing Roger likes better than exploring the world around him is describing it. And Roger describes most things as fabulous! But his parents have a different view. They want Roger to see things the way they do, so they ban “fabulous” from his vocabulary. Fabulously illustrated by Peter Ferguson, this cheerful tale will have children rejoicing along with Roger at all the fabulous–no, marvelous! no, dazzling!–things that await him when he steps outside.
The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived by Daniel Errico and Ida M. Schouw Andreasen
Cedric grew up poor and honest on a pumpkin farm and dreamt of becoming a knight. One day he showed his courage by tricking a would-be carriage thief and earned the chance to make his dream come true.
After years of training, Cedric set off to find an adventure of his own by battling a fire-breathing dragon to save a prince and a princess. However, it’s after the adventure that Cedric revealed that he’d like to marry the prince and not the princess.
The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived is a modern fairytale that sets out to prove that sometimes the bravest thing you can do is choose for yourself how your fairytale ends!
Call Me Tree / Llamame arbol by Maya Christina Gonzalez
In this spare, lyrically written story, we join a child on a journey of self-discovery. Finding a way to grow from the inside out, just like a tree, the child develops as an individual comfortable in the natural world and in relationships with others. The child begins Within / The deep dark earth, like a seed, ready to grow and then dream and reach out to the world. Soon the child discovers birds and the sky and other children: Trees and trees / Just like me! Each is different too. The child embraces them all because All trees have roots/ All trees belong. Maya Christina Gonzalez once again combines her talents as an artist and a storyteller to craft a gentle, empowering story about belonging, connecting with nature, and becoming your fullest self. Young readers will be inspired to dream and reach, reach and dream . . . and to be as free and unique as trees.
A Cat Like That by Shirley M Ringo and Glenda MacInnis
The morning after a great storm Jack discovers a mysterious new friend who has moved into his treehouse. Jack becomes troubled when he learns that not everyone wants to be friends with A Cat Like That.
The Christmas Truck by J.B. Blankenship
When celebrating a special Christmas tradition things go awry. Papa, Dad, their amazing kid, and one fabulous grandmother work together and implement a plan to save Christmas for a child they have never met. It’s a story where joy is found in giving and selfless acts unite families.
Cookies and Cake & The Families We Make by Jennifer L. Egan
Cookies and Cake & The Families We Make is a children’s book about exposure and acceptance of the diverse families that are part of our society: single parents, multicultural parents, two moms, two dads, one of each or even an unrelated guardian. Those families, who may at first seem different are quite similar because what really matters is the love and care they give to their children. The author uses the metaphor of the different cakes and cookies we can bake to help young readers respect, accept and welcome diversity.
A Crow of His Own by Megan Dowd Lambert
Clyde is the new rooster at Sunrise Farm. But he’s having trouble fitting in and replacing Larry—the beloved rooster whose wake-up calls were legendary. The cow, the gaggle of hens, and the sheep reminisce about Larry while poor Clyde fails to croon the farmyard awake with the same finesse. Clyde attempts to win over the farm by wearing an elaborate costume and putting on a show like Larry was known to do, but in the end, Clyde realizes that imitating Larry is not the way to succeed.
The Daddy Book by Todd Parr
A look at all the different kinds of daddies in the world and how special each daddy can be!
Daddy, Papa, and Me by Leslea Newman
Rhythmic text and illustrations with universal appeal show a toddler spending the day with its daddies. From hide-and-seek to dress-up, then bath time and a kiss goodnight, there’s no limit to what a loving family can do together. Share the loving bond between same-sex parents and their children.
Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
A young boy explains to the readers that his mom & dad divorced last year and now his dad lives with Frank (his partner). The text is open-minded and accepts this as “just one more kind of love.”
Daddy’s Wedding by Michael Willhoite
Follow-up to “Daddy’s Roommate”, but now Daddy and Frank are getting married!
This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman
In a wildly whimsical, validating, and exuberant reflection of the LGBT community, this title welcomes readers to experience a pride celebration and share in a day when we are all united. Also included is a reading guide chock-full of facts about LGBT history and culture, as well as a ‘Note to Parents and Caregivers’ with information on how to talk to children about sexual orientation and gender identity in age-appropriate ways.
The Different Dragon by Jennifer Bryan
In this “bedtime story about bedtime stories”, Noah learns, with the help of his two mommies, that even though there can be a lot of pressure to be exactly who the world expects you to be, anyone can step outside the box and try new things… even a fierce dragon!
Donovan’s Big Day by Leslea Newman
Donovan’s two moms are getting married, and he can’t wait for the celebration to begin. After all, as a ringbearer, he has a very important job to do. Any boy or girl with same-sex parents—or who knows a same-sex couple—will appreciate this picture book about love, family, and marriage. The story captures the joy and excitement of a wedding day while the illustrations show a happy occasion from a child’s point of view.
Eli & Jedi’s Super Sky Adventure by Lerone Landis
Eli and Jedi’s Super Sky Adventure follows the quest of a young boy named Eli and his wish to fly. He is faced with an unexpected challenge that will take him on an unforgettable adventure. Eli’s family is a diverse one headed by his two dads. The importance of hard work and family are key to this story, yet the fun and the thrill of this tale is one that all kids and the entire family will surely enjoy.
Every Child Deserves… by Philip McAdoo & family
Every Child Deserves… is the first in a series of books dedicated to honoring the lives and stories of youth in foster care and LGBTQ families. Written by Zaden and his two dads, this story is about the love, adventure and pure joy that every child deserves and gives voice, color and LIFE to the promise of foster care, LGBTQ families and the hope that Every Child Deserves…
Families by Susan Kuklin
In frank, funny, touching, and often surprising interviews, children from fourteen different families talk about how they identify themselves as a family. The range of families profiled in this engaging book reflects the kaleidoscopic diversity of families in America today: there are mixed-race families and immigrant families; families of gay and lesbian couples and very religious families; families with only children, many children, adopted children, and children with special needs. This book is a celebration of all families and provides young readers with windows into other lives, as well as mirrors in which they can see their own family relationships reflected.
The Family Book by Todd Parr
The Family Book celebrates the love we feel for our families and all the different varieties they come in. Whether you have two moms or two dads, a big family or a small family, a clean family or a messy one, Todd Parr assures readers that no matter what kind of family you have, every family is special in its own unique way.
A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O’Leary
When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways — but the same in the one way that matters most of all. One child is worried that her family is just too different to explain, but listens as her classmates talk about what makes their families special. One is raised by a grandmother, and another has two dads. One is full of stepsiblings, and another has a new baby. As one by one, her classmates describe who they live with and who loves them — family of every shape, size and every kind of relation — the child realizes that as long as her family is full of caring people, her family is special.
Felicia’s Favorite Story by Leslea Newman
It’s bedtime, but before Felicia goes to sleep she wants to hear her favorite story, the story of how she was adopted by Mama Nessa and Mama Linda. And so Felicia’s parents tell her how they flew off in a big silver airplane to meet the baby girl who was waiting for them, and how they loved her from the very first moment they saw her.
The Flower Girl Wore Celery by Meryl Gordon
In The Flower Girl Wore Celery, flower girl Emma can’t wait for her cousin Hannah’s wedding. She’ll wear a celery dress and walk down the aisle with the ring bear, leading the way for the happy bride and groom – or at least, that’s what Emma assumes. But nothing turns out to be quite what she’s expecting, as Hannah’s new spouse turns out to be another bride!
Gabrielle’s Gift by Lerone Landis
The premise of Gabrielle’s Gift is a simple one – a child’s wish for a very special birthday gift. It is a gift that nearly every kid will ask for at some point in their childhood, the gift of a pet! This everyday typical scenario is coupled with an atypical family dynamic in which Gabrielle’s parents are two dads. The unique family is never explicitly mentioned. The visuals speak for themselves and the common story make it relatable to absolutely any and all kids, regardless of their family makeup. Gabrielle’s Gift is a fun, short, and to the point story. The message that beauty comes in all different colors and forms is not an overbearing one, just an additional one. Yet it is represented as a metaphor through the eyes of a pet and Gabrielle’s family.
A Girl Named Adam by Jordan J. Scavone
A Girl Named Adam follows fourth grade best friends, Annie & Adam. But, when Adam starts wearing dresses and changes their name to Addie, all Annie wants is her best friend back. A children’s book exploring transgender identity that can be enjoyed by children and adults.
Gordon the Giraffe by Bruce Brown and A. Shelton
Gordon lives with his mother in the hidden kingdom of Ugladunga. Every day, the adult giraffes gather on the other side of the waterfall, but the kids meet to play the game Mulunga Doo in pairs: one boy and one girl. When Gordon is asked to play by Gary, the other young giraffes laugh at them and ask Gordon if he’s a girl? Hurt, Gordon flees to his mother who tells him that he must follow his heart. The next day, the boy giraffes plan to teach Gordon a lesson, but their plan backfires, and Gordon must save them from plummeting down the waterfall. In the end, Gordon teaches the other boy giraffes that they should love everyone – even those who are different from themselves.
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
Heather’s favorite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, and two pets. And she also has two mommies. When Heather goes to school for the first time, someone asks her about her daddy, but Heather doesn’t have a daddy. Then something interesting happens. When Heather and her classmates all draw pictures of their families, not one drawing is the same. It doesn’t matter who makes up a family, the teacher says, because “the most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love one another.” This delightful edition for a new generation of young readers features fresh illustrations by Laura Cornell and an updated story by Lesléa Newman.
Hugs of Three: My Daddies and Me by Dr. Stacey Bromberg and Dr. Joe Taravella
In this sturdy Board Book, the authors guide their readers toward a respect for all families, with an emphasis on infant and toddler development and the important joys and comforts of everyday routines for our young. From the first lines of the book, “My family is so special”, to the conclusion, this story acknowledges in a simple yet powerful way the importance of a loving connection between children and parents. The existence of the books themselves highlight the power in a sense of belonging, as children of same-sex and parents themselves can identify with this story.
Hugs of Three: My Mommies and Me by Dr. Stacey Bromberg and Dr. Joe Taravella
In this sturdy Board Book, the authors guide their readers toward a respect for all families, with an emphasis on infant and toddler development and the important joys and comforts of everyday routines for our young. From the first lines of the book, “My family is so special”, to the conclusion, this story acknowledges in a simple yet powerful way the importance of a loving connection between children and parents. The existence of the books themselves highlight the power in a sense of belonging, as children of same-sex parents and parents themselves can identify with this story.
I Am Loved Right Where I Am by Jason Galvez
Sylvia is a special girl who knows all about how family love comes in different colors, forms, types, and sizes. She has a lot of friends–each with a unique family makeup. Maybe your family has some things in common with that of Sylvia’s friends, or maybe yours is very different. No matter what type of family you come from, Sylvia wants you to know that is exactly where you belong, and that you are LOVED!
I am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown
I Am Perfectly Designed is an exuberant celebration of loving who you are, exactly as you are, from Karamo Brown, the Culture Expert of Netflix’s hit series Queer Eye, and Jason Brown―featuring illustrations by Anoosha Syed.
In this empowering ode to modern families, a boy and his father take a joyful walk through the city, discovering all the ways in which they are perfectly designed for each other.
In Our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco
Marmee, Meema, and the kids are just like any other family on the block. In their beautiful house, they cook dinner together, they laugh together, and they dance together. But some of the other families don’t accept them. They say they are different. How can a family have two moms and no dad? But Marmee and Meema’s house is full of love. And they teach their children that different doesn’t mean wrong. And no matter how many moms or dads they have, they are everything a family is meant to be.
Introducing Teddy by Jessica Walton
Teddy knows in her heart that she is a girl, not a boy. Will her friends understand?Will they call her Tilly instead of Thomas?A story about being yourself, and being a good friend. Introducing Teddy introduces the youngest readers to understanding gender identity and transition in an accessible and heart-warming story about being true to yourself and being a good friend.
It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr
It’s Okay to Be Different cleverly delivers the important messages of acceptance, understanding, and confidence in an accessible, child-friendly format featuring Todd Parr’s trademark bold, bright colors and silly scenes. Targeted to young children first beginning to read, this book will inspire kids to celebrate their individuality through acceptance of others and self-confidence.
Julián Is a Mermaid Hardcover by Jessica Love
Julián is a Mermaid is a story about a boy and his Abuela. It is a story about revealing ourselves, and the beauty of being seen for who we are by someone who loves us.
King & King by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland
Originally published in the Netherlands, a contemporary tale of a lovelorn prince who begins his search for a mate after his mother, the queen, decrees he must marry by the end of the summer. On his search, he finds his perfect match — a prince named Lee. The two marry and live happily ever after as king & king in this barrier-breaking fairy tale.
King & King and Family by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland
Join newlyweds King Lee and King Bertie on their journey into the noisy jungle. The kings are greeted by wild animal families, but the royal travelers suspect that something more significant awaits them in the trees. King & King soon discover that there’s no adventure more wonderful than starting a family of their own. Jubilant sequel to Lambda Literary Award nominee KING & KING. Subtle clues on each page lead readers to a surprise ending. In a starred review, Kirkus called KING & KING “A joyful celebration that . . . firmly challenges the assumptions established and perpetuated by the entire canon of children’s picture books.” An adoption story for everyone.
Made by Raffi by Craig Pomranz
Raffi is a shy boy who feels different from the other children at school. He doesn’t like rough play and noisy games and sometimes is teased. But when Raffi discovers knitting and sewing, everything changes. He is full of enthusiasm, even though the other children think it is “girly” to knit. Then Raffi has his most brilliant idea of all – to make a prince’s cape for the school play… and the cape is magnificent! After that everyone wants to have something that is – Made by Raffi!
Meeting My Brother by Jennifer Dukoff
“Meeting My Brother” is a heartwarming, one of a kind children’s book about donor-conceived siblings meeting and becoming a family. It is written for children approximately 9 years old and under, through the eyes of a child, introducing them to the concept and notion that they have siblings. It explains in a simplistic, playful, and easy to grasp manner how they are related to one another but don’t live in the same house.
Mini Mia and Her Darling Uncle by Pija Lindenbaum
Mini Mia loves her Uncle Tommy. They hang out in coffee bars, go for walks, swim, and do other fun stuff. But one day Fergus appears in her uncle’s kitchen. Mini Mia does not want to share Tommy with his new boyfriend. She thinks Fergus should go back to where he came from in Scotland. But Fergus doesn’t disappear that easily . . .
Molly’s Family by Nancy Garden
Molly’s class at school is drawing pictures of their families for Open School Night, and Molly is so excited about her picture of herself, Mommy, Mama Lu, and their dog. But when Tommy says her picture isn’t of a family at all – because you can’t have two mommies – Molly and her school will learn that even when a family is different, it can still be loving and real.
Momma Days, Mommy Days by Isabella Moreno
For one little girl, life is good living with her two moms in a big beautiful house. They are a family. However, the moms begin to fight, and they decide that living apart and getting a divorce is the best option. They love their little girl just the same. Momma Days, Mommy Days captures one little girl’s experiences, feelings and thoughts as she navigates the new world her moms’ separation and subsequent divorce creates.
The Mommy Book by Todd Parr
A look at all the different kinds of mommies in the world and how special each mommy can be!
Mommy, Mama, and Me by Leslea Newman
Rhythmic text and illustrations with universal appeal show a toddler spending the day with its mommies. From hide-and-seek to dress-up, then bath time and a kiss goodnight, there’s no limit to what a loving family can do together.
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino and Isabelle Malenfant
Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. But most of all, Morris loves wearing the tangerine dress in his classroom’s dress-up center. The children in Morris’s class don’t understand. Dresses, they say, are for girls. And Morris certainly isn’t welcome in the spaceship some of his classmates are building. Astronauts, they say, don’t wear dresses. One day when Morris feels all alone and sick from their taunts, his mother lets him stay home from school. Morris dreams of a fantastic space adventure with his cat, Moo. Inspired by his dream, Morris paints the incredible scene he saw and brings it with him to school. He builds his own spaceship, hangs his painting on the front of it and takes two of his classmates on an outer space adventure. With warm, dreamy illustrations, Isabelle Malenfant perfectly captures Morris’s vulnerability and the vibrancy of his imagination.
My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis
Sometimes Dyson wears jeans, and sometimes Dyson wears dresses. He likes to climb trees in his princess tiara, and he loves sparkly pink. Dyson is a princess boy, and his family wouldn’t have him any other way. Families will enjoy this simple, sweet story for its inclusive and heartwarming messages.
My Two Uncles & Me by Jeff Rivera
Having two uncles is so much fun and two uncles are definitely better than one! Together, they’ll teach you all about studying, baking and football. My Two Uncles will take you on a journey of twice the compassion, twice the understanding and twice the love.
My Two Uncles by Judith Vigna
Plans for Elly’s grandparents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary party are upset when Grampy refuses to invite Elly’s Uncle Phil and his friend, Ned, who are gay.
My Uncle’s Wedding by Eric Ross
There’s so much to do now that Uncle Mike and Steve are getting married. Follow Andy on this enjoyable journey as he talks about his uncle’s wedding, how it affects him, and the things he gets to do in preparation for the ceremony. You’ll laugh and smile as you read this adorable story about marriage and family.
Officer Helga Hedgehog Meets the New Neighbors by Helen Lundström Erwin
One night, Officer Helga Hedgehog makes an amazing discovery. Her new neighbors, the Space Specks, are actually aliens from another planet. And they have a problem only she can solve…
Oliver Button is a Sissy by Tomie DePaola
The other boys at school constantly tease Oliver because he’s different – he doesn’t do what everyone else does, and they all think he needs to do more “boy things.” But Oliver knows he has lots of other special talents, and he’s very happy being himself whether what he loves is sissy stuff of not!
One of a Kind, Like Me/Único Como Yo by Laurin Mayeno
One of a Kind Like Me/Único Como Yo is a bilingual children’s book (ages 4-7) based on a true story about a child named Danny who wants to be a princess in the school parade. He and his mom embark on a venture to find a purple princess dress. But will they find it on time?
Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson
Gia is already tired of how much attention the new baby gets from their single mother – and that baby isn’t even born yet! With help from her mom and their diverse extended family, Gia learns how to adjust to being a sister, and might even be a little excited about it.
Peacock Among Pigeons by Tyler Curry
A Peacock Among Pigeons is an LGBT-themed hardback children’s book that tells the tale of learning how to stand out when you can’t fit in. This children’s story teaches the importance of celebrating our differences and learning to love the feathers you live in.
Peter the peacock doesn’t know how it happened, but he found himself growing up in a flock of pigeons. Surrounded by a world of grey, he found himself feeling less than his peers and was embarrassed by his feathers. After he fails to blend in, he decides that it’s time to learn to fly on his own. Along the way, he meets new bird friends from all different flocks that teach him a lesson he will never forget.
Piccolo Uovo by Francesca Pardi
Piccolo Uovo (Little Egg) does not want to be born because it does not know where it will end up. Join Piccolo Uovo for a trip that shows many different types of families, showing all can be a wonderful place to grow up. (Book is in Italian)
Pickles + Ocho by Dan Wellik
Pickles is a happy French bulldog who lives in a big, beautiful house. He has many toys and gets lots of attention from his two papas. Life for Pickles is just perfect, until Ocho arrives. Ocho? What’s an Ocho? This is a great story for non-traditional families or any family adding a new member to the mix. With messages of diversity, inclusion, and love, Pickles + Ocho contains teachable moments for all.
The Princes and The Treasure by Jeffery A. Miles
In the magical kingdom of Evergreen, beautiful Princess Elena is suddenly whisked away by an old woman. Undefeated champion Gallant and shy bookworm Earnest go on a quest to find “the greatest treasure in the land” so one of them can save and marry the princess. Along the way, Earnest and Gallant realize “the greatest treasure in the land” is not what they expected.
Promised Land by Adam Reynolds and Chaz Harris
When a young Prince and a farm boy meet in the forest, a growing friendship between them blossoms into love. However, when the Queen re-marries, her sinister new husband seeks control of the enchanted forest and the land the farm boy’s family are responsible for protecting.
Pugdog by Andrea U’Ren
Mike and his pup are great friends. Every day Mike takes Pugdog for a walk in the park; every night he treats Pugdog to a belly scratch before bed. But Mike doesn’t know very much about dogs. Not only is Pugdog not a pug — Pugdog is not even a he, as Mike had thought all along, but a she! Oh my! Mike feels obliged to give Pugdog a crash course on how to look and act the way a girl dog should. The only problem is, Mike doesn’t know much about this subject either.
The Purim Superhero by Elisabeth Kushner
Nate loves aliens and he really wants to wear an alien costume for Purim, but his friends are all dressing as superheroes and he wants to fit in. What will he do? With the help of his two dads he makes a surprising decision.
Real Sisters Pretend by Megan Dowd Lambert
This warm, engaging story, which unfolds entirely through the conversation of two adopted sisters, was inspired by the author’s own daughters, whom she overheard talking about how adoption made them “real sisters” even though they have different birth parents and do not look alike.
Rumplepimple by Suzanne DeWitt Hall
Life isn’t easy when your big sister is an annoying cat and your moms can’t understand a word you say. But that doesn’t stop Rumplepimple from saving the day in a most unusual way. Find out how a car ride transforms a naughty terrier into a grocery store hero.
Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg
A comic book for kids that includes children and families of all makeups, orientations, and gender identies, Sex Is a Funny Word is an essential resource about bodies, gender, and sexuality for children ages 8 to 10 as well as their parents and caregivers. Much more than the “facts of life” or “the birds and the bees,” Sex Is a Funny Word opens up conversations between young people and their caregivers in a way that allows adults to convey their values and beliefs while providing information about boundaries, safety, and joy.
The Sissy Duckling by Harvey Fierstein
Elmer is not like the other boy ducklings. While they like to build forts, he loves to bake cakes. While they like to play baseball, he wants to put on the halftime show. Elmer is a great big sissy. But when his father is wounded by a hunter’s shot, Elmer proves that the biggest sissy can also be the greatest hero.
Snions, Stiraffes, and Frish… Hooray! by Keith Douglas Toney and Albert Monroe Toney III
Gonzo Finds Fairview Valley is a whimsical story with a diversity and anti-bullying theme and message. A beloved pet dog named Gonzo embarks on a journey to find an unsuspected friend who had been sent away from his home and family. On his travels Gonzo happens upon Fairview Valley where he meets many wondrous creatures of the forest who help him find his friend while educating him about celebrating each other’s unique differences.
Snutt the Ift, An Intergalactic Love Story by Helen Ward
For scientist and intergalactic explorer Snutt, nature on a new planet is beautiful, wonderful… and empty, with no one to share it with. Then Snutt makes one more discovery that changes everything!
With lush and wondrous illustrations of the flora and fauna of an imagined world, this gender-free story of beauty found—and shared—invites readers of all ages to treasure our relationships and our planet
Sparkle Boy by Lesléa Newman
Casey loves to play with his blocks, puzzles, and dump trucks. He also loves all things that shimmer, glitter, and sparkle. But his big sister Jessie thinks shimmery, glittery, sparkly things are only for girls. When Casey, wearing glittery nail polish, a shimmery skirt, and a sparkling bracelet, ventures out of the house, what will happen? This is a sweet story about acceptance, respect, celebration, and freedom to be oneself. Sparkly things are for everyone and each of us deserves to shine!
Square Zair Pair by Jase Peeples
Square Zair Pair is a children’s picture book about embracing our differences. The story takes place in the magical land of Hanamandoo, a place where square and round Zairs live. Zairs do all things in pairs, one round with one square. But one day when two square Zairs pair for the first time, the others reject them before realizing different pairs of Zairs make their village stronger.
Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer
Stella’s class is having a Mother’s Day celebration, but what’s a girl with two daddies to do? It’s not that she doesn’t have someone who helps her with her homework, or tucks her in at night. Stella has her Papa and Daddy who take care of her, and a whole gaggle of other loved ones who make her feel special and supported every day. She just doesn’t have a mom to invite to the party. Fortunately, Stella finds a unique solution to her party problem in this sweet story about love, acceptance, and the true meaning of family.
The Story of Our Family by Petra Thorn and Lisa Green
For many years now, lesbian women have fulfilled their wish for a child with the help of donor insemination. This book supports parents in explaining conception via donor insemination and their family formation to their children. It explains in simple terms their wish for a child via self-insemination or medially assisted donor insemination.
A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager
In an affectionate story of adoption in a gay family, a small girl answers a friend’s questions about what it is like to have two fathers.
A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager
A Tale of Two Mommies is a beach conversation among three children. One boy asks another boy about having two mommies. A young girl listening in asks some questions too. True to a child’s curiosity, practical questions follow. “Which mom is there when you want to go fishing? / Which mom helps out when Kitty goes missing?” To which he answers: “Mommy helps when I want to go fishing. / Both Mommies help when Kitty goes missing.” A Tale of Two Mommies is intended for 4-8 year olds. This book lets us look inside one non-traditional family, a same-sex couple and their son. As the children talk, it’s clear this boy lives in a nurturing environment where the biggest issues are the everyday challenges of growing up.
The Trouble with Babies by Martha Freeman and Cat Bowman Smith
A delightful and warmhearted story about the adventures of nine-year-old Holly, who tries to adjust to a new home and a neighbor who has just invented a de-yukkification device. Holly’s world is populated with a number of interesting people and different kinds of families, from step-parents and single parents to her friend Xavier’s two dads. A wonderful depiction of family in many forms.
What Does A Princess Really Look Like? (Brave Like A Girl Series) by Mark Loewen
Chloe dreams of being a ballerina princess. But today she is not practicing her twirls or leaping from room to room.
She digs deep in her art drawer to find what she needs to craft her very own princess ballerina. The project quickly turns into more than a simple princess drawing. Chloe realizes that princesses are not just about beautiful hair and sparkly dresses.
As her work of art comes to life, she discovers the qualities of character that make up her princess. When she feels insecure about an imperfection in her art, her dad’s point out that the personal quirks make her princess unique! And Chloe realizes that she is not too different from the princess she so admires.
What Makes a Baby by Cory Silverberg
Geared to readers from preschool to age eight, What Makes a Baby is book for every kind of family and every kind of kid. It is a twenty-first century children’s picture book about conception, gestation, and birth, which reflects the reality of our modern time by being inclusive of all kinds of kids, adults, and families, regardless of how many people were involved, their orientation, gender and other identity, or family composition.
Who’s in a Family? by Robert Skutch
A sweet book explaining that there are all kinds of families that are all joined by love.
Wilhelmina Goes Wandering by John-Manuel Andriote
Based on the true story of a runaway cow in Connecticut. For five months in 2011, the Black Angus was the talk of the town as she was seen around Milford, Orange, and West Haven, hanging out and traveling with a herd of deer. Even the animal control experts thought “she” was a “he”…until, that is, they tried to capture “him.” When she is eventually captured and relocated to another farm, an animal sanctuary in Oxford, Wilhelmina finds that her urge for adventures has been curbed by knowing she is finally accepted and loved by her new farmer friend Betty. Readers will fall in love with Wilhelmina and her animals and human friends, brought to colorful life in the book’s lovingly rendered original watercolor illustrations.
Will You Still Love Me? by Shirley M Ringo and Glenda MacInnis
Follow Jack as he questions and learns the meaning of love and kindness from his Dad’s as he experiences new and exciting adventures!
William’s Doll by Charlotte Zolotow
More than anything, William wants a doll. “Don’t be a creep,” says his brother. “Sissy, sissy,” chants the boy next door. Then one day someone really understands William’s wish, and makes it easy for others to understand, too.
Worm loves worm by J. J. Austrian
This irresistible picture book is a celebration of love in all its splendid forms from debut author J. J. Austrian and the acclaimed author-illustrator of Little Elliot, Big City, Mike Curato. You are cordially invited to celebrate the wedding of a worm . . . and a worm. When a worm meets a special worm and they fall in love, you know what happens next: They get married! But their friends want to know—who will wear the dress? And who will wear the tux? The answer is: It doesn’t matter. Because Worm loves worm.
Xander’s Story Paperback by Christopher J Garcia-Halenar and Alejandro M Garcia-Halenar
Xander’s Story is a wonderfully vibrant picture book which guides children through a baseline understanding of surrogacy. Xander’s journey begins in the initial stage of him being just a dream to the final stage of when he becomes a gift. Xander, his little brother Max, and his two Dads, Alex and Chris Garcia-Halenar live in South Florida. Both Alex and Chris always wanted a family and began their surrogacy journey soon after falling in love. Believing that every child’s story is unique and should be celebrated, they wrote Xander’s Story so their son will always know how special he is.
Zinnia and Dot by Lisa Campbell Ernst
Meet Zinnia and Dot–two plump, self-satisfied hens who bicker constantly about the quality of their eggs. Whose are more lustrous, shapely, smooth? Their rivalry rages until a weasel bursts in and steals the eggs–all but one, a particularly prime specimen. Just in time, they realize they’ve got to stick together to protect their prized egg.