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lgbtq+ books for kids

When children see themselves reflected in the stories they read, their identities and experiences are validated. This can have a positive effect on their self-esteem. Additionally, children's books that feature queer narratives can be an easy way to introduce your child to concepts of self-acceptance, individuality, and love. Here are some of our favorite children's books!

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by stacy b. davids

Annie's Plaid Shirt

Forced to wear a dress to a wedding, Annie would much prefer to wear her favorite plaid shirt. Annie learns the importance of individuality and being unapologetically herself, despite what others say or think. Ages 3-8 years.

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by rigoberto gonzález

Antonio's Card

Antonio is faced with judgement from his classmates as he crafts a mother’s day card for his mother and her new girlfriend. This bilingual narrative teaches youth the importance of standing up for yourself and using your voice. Ages 7-10 years.

From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in

by kai cheng thom

from the stars to the fish in the sea

Following Miu Lan’s journey to discover themselves and their gender identity, we learn the importance of love, acceptance, and how important family is while on a journey of self- discovery. Ages 3-8 years.

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by jessica herthel and jazz jennings

I am Jazz

Based on a true story, Jazz discovers herself as she dresses as mermaids and doesn’t feel like herself in boys clothing. Jazz teaches us about her journey of self-discovery that many transgender youth can relate to. Ages 4-8 years.

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by jessica love

Julian is a Mermaid

Follow Julian as he discovers a trio of mermaids on his way home. While making a mermaid tail of his own he leaves behind a big mess. Will his abuela be upset? Julian and his abuela teach us the importance of self-love and individuality. Ages 4-8 years.

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by robb pearlman

Pink is for Boys

While exploring the beauty of different colors, readers learn they can express themselves in every color in the rainbow, regardless of their gender or gender expression. This book helps break down some common gender stereotypes and reinforces individuality. Ages 4-7 years.

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by leslea newman

Sparkle Boy

Casey likes the same things as his older sister Jessie: painting nails and wearing skirts. When Casey gets teased for participating in these activities. he learns the importance of accepting himself. Ages 4-8 years.

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by robb pearlman

The Boy and the Bindi

Fascinated by his mother’s bindi, a young boy wants his own, though these are not traditionally worn by women. This story examines the intersection of culture, sexuality and gender expression. Ages 4-8 years.