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LGBTQ+ Picture Books

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

Cover of Bathe the Cat
Alice B.
David Roberts

Dad has posted a list of chores for the family to do before grandma comes, including bathing the cat; but the cat does not want a bath, so she mixes up the instructions, and soon the family is mowing the floor, vacuuming the lawn, mopping the baby--and the house is in chaos. The book features a family with two dads. 

Cover of Calvin
JR Ford and Vanessa
Kayla Harren

A transgender boy prepares for the first day of school. He introduces himself to his family and friends for the first time. An affirming and engaging book depicting the emotions of this process.

Cover of Grandad’s Camper

A child who enjoys Grandad's stories of his travels and adventures with Gramps persuades him to fix up their old camper and take another trip, in honor of Gramps.

Cover of Mama and Mommy and Me In t
Kaylani Juanita

When her mother goes on a business trip, a little girl, who loves to sit between Mama and Mommy at the table, misses her a lot and feels empty until Mommy finally comes home, filling the void with love.

Cover of Miguel’s Community Garde
Samara Hardy

Miguel has many plants in his community garden, and today he must find his sunflowers. Readers can help Miguel look for them! The book also features Miguel’s two fathers who enjoy the garden feast, too.

Cover of My Own Way: Celebrating Ge
Joana Estrela and
Jay Hulme

My Own Way is a poem and a picture book that introduces very young children to the wonder of gender diversity. Why feel limited to his or hers, blue or pink, football or ballet?


Cover of My Rainbow
Deshanna Neal and
Trinity Neal
Art Twink

A dedicated mom puts love into action as she creates the perfect rainbow-colored wig for her transgender daughter, based on the real-life experience of mother-daughter advocate duo Trinity and DeShanna Neal.

Cover of Pride Puppy!
Julie McLaughlin

A rhyming alphabet book featuring a family who have lost their dog at a Pride parade. The colorful illustrations depict the family getting lots of  wonderful help from other parade goers. Additionally, each page has a scavenger hunt for other things beginning with that letter.

Cover of Ritu Weds Chandni

This vibrant picture book sets the story of a same-sex couple struggling to gain acceptance against the colorful backdrop of an Indian wedding. Ayesha is excited to attend her cousin Ritu's wedding. But not everyone is happy that Ritu is marrying her girlfriend Chandni. Centering Ayesha's love for her cousin as much as it showcases Ritu and Chandni's love for each other, this warmhearted debut from Ameya Narvankar celebrates the power of young voices to stand up against prejudice and bigotry.

Cover of Strong
Rob Kearney and
Eric Rosswood
Nidhi Chanani

Will Rob find a way to step into his true self and be a champion? With bold illustrations and an engaging, informative text, Strong introduces readers to Rob Kearney and his journey from an athletic kid trying to find his place to the world's first openly gay professional strongman.

Cover of Sylvia and Marsha Start a
Joy Michael
Teshika Silver

This illustrated book introduces children to the story of Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, the two transgender women of colour who helped kickstart the Stonewall Riots and dedicated their lives to fighting for LGBTQ+ equality. It introduces children to issues surrounding gender identity and diversity, accompanied by a reading guide and teaching materials to further the conversation.

Cover of ‘Twas the Night Before P
Juana Medina

A glittering celebration of queer families puts Pride gently in perspective--honoring those in the LBGTQ+ community who fought against injustice and inequality. Pride Day is a day that means "Together, we are strong!"