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GLBTQ Books for Kids (PreK-Grade 5)

Recommended books for children and teens concerning gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning identities. Also some books about nontraditional gender roles. To find more books, including those in the Teen Collection, try a subject search for "gay youth," "lesbian youth," "transsexual youth," or "gay parents" in the library catalog. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Picture Books (JE)

Oelschlager A Tale of Two Mommies    (A young boy describes how his two mommies help him with all his needs.)
Baldacchino Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress    (A young boy faces adversity from classmates when he wears an orange dress at school.)
Brannen Uncle Bobby's Wedding    (Chloë is jealous when Uncle Bobby announces his wedding, until she realizes she'll soon have two uncles who love her.)
JE de Haan King & King    (When the queen insists that the prince get married and take over as king, the search for a suitable mate does not turn out as expected.)
JE de Haan King & King & Family    (King Lee and King Bertie take a honeymoon trip to the jungle and bring home a surprise.)
Fierstein The Sissy Duckling    (Elmer the duck is teased because he is different, but he proves himself by not only surviving the winter, but also saving his Papa.)
Garden Molly's Family    (When Molly draws a picture of her two moms for Open School Night, one of her classmates makes her feel bad.)
Gonzalez Antonio's Card    (When his classmates make fun of his mother's partner, Leslie, Antonio must decide what's truly important to him.)
Herthel I Am Jazz!    (Jazz feels like a girl on the inside, though she looks like a boy on the outside; she is transgender. Based on the true story.)
Hoffman Jacob's New Dress     (Jacob, who likes to wear dresses at home, convinces his parents to let him wear a dress to school, too.)
Kilodavis My Princess Boy    (A four-year-old boy loves dressing up in princess clothing.)
Lindenbaum Mini Mia and Her Darling Uncle    (Ella deals with jealous feelings when a new man named Fergus walks into the kitchen of her beloved Uncle Tommy.)
Newman Donovan's Big Day    (Donovan painstakingly prepares for his special role in the wedding ceremony of his two mothers.)
Okimoto The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption    (Four American families prepare for a special trip to China, while four baby girls in China await their new adoptive parents.)
Polacco In Our Mothers' House    (Three young children experience the joys and challenges of being raised by two mothers.)
Pomranz Made by Raffi    (A shy boy named Raffi defies other children's teasing by knitting a masterpiece: a prince's cape!)
U'Ren Pugdog    (When Mike discovers that his rough-and-tumble new puppy is a female, he tries to make her into a dainty dog.)
Vigna My Two Uncles    (Elly's grandfather has trouble accepting the fact that his son is gay.)
Willhoite Daddy's Roommate    (A young boy discusses his divorced father's new living situation with his male partner.)
Zolotow William's Doll    (William's father gives him a basketball and a train but these do not make him want a doll less.)

Children’s Fiction (J)

Agell The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister     (India becomes closer to her artist-mother, strengthens her friendship with a neighbor boy, and learns to accept the man for whom her father moved away.)
Ignatow The Popularity Papers    (Lydia and Julie study the behavior of popular girls so that they, too, can be in the right crowd. One of the girls has two dads.)
Levy The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher    (Two fathers, four adopted boys, and a variety of pets make their way through a school year and deal with a grumpy new neighbor.)
Myracle Luv Ya Bunches    (Four friends, all named after flowers, navigate the ups and downs of fifth grade. One of the friends has two moms.)

Nonfiction, Folktales & Poetry

J306.74 TH This Is My Family: A First Look at Same-Sex Parents    (Introduces children to families that have parents of the same sex.)
J306.85 Kuklin Families    (Children from diverse families share thoughts about their families and photographs.)
J306.874 FI Gay and Lesbian Parents    (Information about what it's like to have two moms or two dads, and what it's like when a parents comes out.)
J306.874 Greenberg Zack's Story: Growing Up with Same-Sex Parents    (An eleven-year-old boy describes life as part of a family made up of himself, his mother and her lesbian partner.)
J598.47 Richardson And Tango Makes Three    (At New York City's Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches.)
Y306.874 Snow How It Feels to Have a Gay or Lesbian Parent    ( In their own words, children of different ages talk about how and when they learned of their gay or lesbian parent's sexual orientation and the effect it has had on them.)

Last Updated: 1/15

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