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LGBTQ+ Picture Books

Age-appropriate picture books depicting LGBTQ+ kids, people and families.

Cover of Uncle Bobby’s Wedding
Sarah S.
Brannen
Lucia Soto
2020

A re-illustrated story about a gay wedding, this sweet story has stood the test of time. 
Joyful, tender, and easy. 

Cover of Drawing on the Walls: a St
Matthew
Burgess
Josh Cochran
2020

This colorful, graphic book celebrates the life of influential street artist Keith Haring. Informative but not at all dull, Haring’s 1980s New York Life, public art, and early AIDs death are all covered with honesty and tact. 

Cover of Sylvia and Marsha Start a
Joy Michael
Ellison
Teshika Silver
2021

The text and illustrations of this picture book capture the spirit, determination, and generosity of two underrepresented LGBTQ+ icons.  Start learning about resistance and gay history with this fun picture book. 

Cover of Ho’onani: Hula Warrior
Heather
Gale
Mika Song
2019

Ho’onani doesn’t really identify with being a boy or a girl, so when her school has auditions for the boy’s hula performance she wants to take the leadership role. Though she is anxious about pursuing something new, gender fluidity is nothing new in Hawaiian culture. This fun story celebrates indiginous Hawaiian culture, hula, and childhood bravery.

Cover of Papa, Daddy and Riley
Seamus
Kirst
Devon Holzwarth
2020

Riley loves her two dads, but when somebody questions who is the “real” one she feels very alone and confused. A discussion with her dads helps her realize that there are many kinds of families. 

Cover of When Aidan Became a Brothe
Kyle
Lukoff
Kaylani Juanita
2019

This sweet picture book celebrates the changes in a transgender boy's life, from his initial coming-out to becoming a big brother.

Cover of Plenty of Hugs
Fran
Manushkin
Kate Alizadeh
2020

A lesbian family raises their toddler with affection and comfort. Simple rhyming text is complemented by watercolor illustrations. 

Cover of Ritu Weds Chandni
Ameya
Narvankar
Holly Clifton-Brown
2020

 Ayesha loves her cousin Ritu. When Ritu weds her girlfriend Chandni in a traditional Indian ceremony, some of the guests are unaccepting. Ayesha defies expectations and stands up for Ritu and her relationship. This touching story is told with powerful language and vivid, detailed illustrations. 

Cover of My Rainbow
Deshanna Neal and Trinity
Neal
Art Twink
2020

A sweet story of support and love, mother Deshanna makes it clear she wants her trans daughter to live her truth by sewing her a rainbow wig. Art Twink’s bright and graphic illustrations accentuate the simple and straightforward prose. 

Cover of My Maddy
Gayle E.
Pittman
Violet Tobacco
2020

A touching story about a nonbinary parent told through the eyes of a child.