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Experts Tell Us the Best LGBT Books For Children

This article showcases our top picks for the LGBT Books For Children. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

It’s Okay To Be Different by Todd Parr

This product was recommended by Kelly Ashlen from Sexsi Toys

This book was immensely helpful for my girlfriend’s son. After struggling with bullying due to his mother dating other women, he developed some anxieties and was struggling to express his feelings. Reading through this book with her son helped to show that being different was perfectly fine, and gave him more tools to communicate his feelings and embrace being different. Highly recommended to anyone with younger children.

A Kids Book About Being Transgender, by Gia Parr

This product was recommended by Amber Luckett from A Kids Company About

People often ask, what does it mean to be transgender? The truth is there isn’t one answer. Gender is uniquely beautiful, and each person’s experience is individual to them. With A Kids Book About Being Transgender, the author Gia Parr hopes to use her story to shake off whatever confusion, skepticism, concern, or biases someone may have about being transgender. While everyone’s journey to understanding their gender is unique to them, we hope that Gia sharing her experience makes it easier to listen and understand others who experience something similar.

A Kids Book About Being Non-binary, by Hunter Chinn-Raicht

This product was recommended by Amber Luckett from A Kids Company About

What does being non-binary mean? For some people, the question and its answer may be new or a little confusing. It’s okay to not know what it means! That’s where all good conversations start. The journey to understanding starts with an open mind and an open heart.Through A Kids Book About Being Non-Binary, Hunter Chinn-Raicht hopes to introduce readers to what it means to be non-binary.

Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn by Shannon Hale

This product was recommended by Rachel Elspeth Gross from Rachel Elspeth Gross

Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn is a beautiful book about a tiny fluffy Kitty who knows in her heart that she’s actually a Unicorn. There are some mean kids (a parakeet and a gecko) who are determined to convince her that she’s wrong- that a Kitty can only ever be a kitty. Luckily, a majestic Unicorn appears, and he has a secret- Unicorn knows he’s really a Kitty, that’s how he feels inside, he knows who he is. Together, Kitty and Unicorn find out that listening, hearing, and friendship make the whole world better. Even when there are mean kids. This is a lovely book with a soft touch, it’s not preachy, but the message is compassionate and clear. The story helps kids understand that we should trust others when they tell us who they are, and that appearances aren’t always a good way to classify people. When someone tells us who they are, even if the way they look is different from how people might see them, it’s important to listen. Every individual person is the best expert on who they are, and the best way to be a good friend, and to find acceptance ourselves, is to let others be who they know they are in their hearts. Plus? The glittery cover is absolutely enticing, even for grownups.

Pink Is for Boys by Robb Pearlman

This product was recommended by Andy from Cloom

An empowering and educational picture book that proves colors are for everyone, regardless of gender. Pink is for boys . . . and girls . . . and everyone! This timely and beautiful picture book rethinks and reframes the stereotypical blue/pink gender binary and empowers kids-and their grown-ups-to express themselves in every color of the rainbow. Featuring a diverse group of relatable characters, Pink Is for Boys invites and encourages girls and boys to enjoy what they love to do, whether it’s racing cars and playing baseball, or loving unicorns and dressing up. Vibrant illustrations help children learn and identify the myriad colors that surround them every day, from the orange of a popsicle, to the green of a grassy field, all the way up to the wonder of a multicolored rainbow. Parents and kids will delight in Robb Pearlman’s sweet, simple script, as well as its powerful message: life is not color-coded.

It Feels Good to Be Yourself by Theresa Thorn

This product was recommended by Andy from Cloom

A picture book that introduces the concept of gender identity to the youngest reader from writer Theresa Thorn and illustrator Noah Grigni. Some people are boys. Some people are girls. Some people are both, neither, or somewhere in between. This sweet, straightforward exploration of gender identity will give children a fuller understanding of themselves and others. With child-friendly language and vibrant art, It Feels Good to Be Yourself provides young readers and parents alike with the vocabulary to discuss this important topic with sensitivity.

A Day of Pride by Roy Youldous-Raiss

This product was recommended by Andy from Cloom

Are you interested in teaching your kid the beauty of diversity and differences among us? Do you believe in LGBTQ rights and equality for all? A Day of Pride is the perfect children’s book for you! A Day of Pride is a rhymed book celebrating love and pride, and teaching the importance of acceptance and tolerance. It encourages children of all kind to be proud of themselves and accepting of others—exactly as they are. Invite your kid to an empowering and exciting journey on a magical day where everyone has a place. It is a colorful day of celebration. Soon, the streets will be filled with people of all kinds, who will march in the festive Pride Parade. Miss Rainbow is ready to paint the city with her hues and colors, to fill every corner with love and pride. When the Witch of Shame appears, she threatens to ruin the great party. “Once again, this day arrives, The streets are cheering, the city thrives. With laughing sun and dancing skies, Chirping birds, the wind complies. All is love, no one’s afraid— Welcome to the Pride Parade!

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