LGBTQ+ Books for Parents and Children

Welcome to Family Equality’s Book Nook, a comprehensive list of the best LGBTQ+ books for the whole family!

Whether you’re searching for your child’s first picture book or a young adult novel that your tween will devour, Family Equality’s Book Nook is a list of our favorite books that represent diverse families in a loving and respectful way.

Check out the search portal below to discover what new LGBTQ+ books you need to add to your at-home, local, or school libraries!

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A Family is a Family is a Family

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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.

A Girl Named Adam

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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.

A is for Activist

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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.

A Tale of Two Daddies

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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

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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.

ABC: A Family Alphabet Book

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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

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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.

Albert the Confused Manatee

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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

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Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

The heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family.

At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo got the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.

Antonio’s Card

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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.


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To support Family Equality while you build your LGBTQ+ family library, visit smile.amazon.com and log in using your Amazon credentials. Then search for Family Equality under “Or pick your own charitable organization” and click “Select.”

That’s it! Now every time you shop at smile.amazon.com, a portion of the price of your purchase will go to supporting LGBTQ+ families!


More Resources for LGBTQ+ Families

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Have an LGBTQ+ book you’d like to submit to our list?

If you know about an LGBTQ+ book that isn’t on our list, but should be—let us know! Use the form below to contact a staff member, and we’ll be in touch about next steps.

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