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Friends in Our World - LGBTQ+ Friends (Kids) (Picture Books)

Picture books for children with characters that represent the LGBTQ+ Community.

Julián at the wedding by Jessica Love

Julián and his abuela are going to a wedding. Better yet, Julián is in the wedding. Weddings have flowers and kissing and dancing and cake. And this wedding also has a new friend named Marisol. It's not long before Julián and Marisol set off for some magic and mischief of their own, and when things take an unexpected turn, the pair learns that everything is easier with a good friend by your side

Auntie Uncle : Drag Queen Hero by Ellie Royce

Told from the perspective of their adoring nephew, Auntie Uncle: Drag Queen Hero is the story of a courageous drag queen who saves the day, and brings two communities together.

And Tango makes three by Justin Richardson

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

Be who you are by Todd Parr

Picture book encouraging kids to be proud of what makes them unique, where they come from, and how they express themselves and see the world

The family book by Todd Parr

Represents a variety of families, some big and some small, some with only one parent and some with two moms or dads, some quiet and some noisy, but all alike in some ways and special no matter what.

A family is a family is a family by Sara O'Leary

When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways - but the same in the one way that matters most of all. One child is worried that her family is just too different to explain, but listens as her classmates talk about what makes their families special. One is raised by a grandmother, and another has two dads. One has many stepsiblings, and another has a new baby in the family. As her classmates describe who they live with and who loves them - family of every shape, size and every kind of relation - the child realizes that as long as her family is full of caring people, it is special. A warm and whimsical look at many types of families, written by award-winning author Sara O'Leary, with quirky and sweet illustrations by Qin Leng

Harriet gets carried away by Jessie Sima

While shopping with her two dads for supplies for her birthday party, Harriet, who is wearing a penguin costume, is carried away by a waddle of penguins and must hatch a plan in order to get herself back to the store in the city.

I am perfectly designed by Karamo Brown

Told in two voices, as a father and son share a nostalgic day, the father reminds his son he has all that it takes to explore and succeed in the world.

I will be fierce! by Bea Birdsong

A young girl turns her typical day at school into a quest where she is a brave explorer.

It's okay to be a unicorn! by Jason Tharp

Cornelious J. Sparklesteed hides his true identity under a series of creative hats, but when he is chosen to perform at this year's Hoofapalooza, he must find the courage to reveal his true unicorniness.

Julián is a mermaid by Jessica Love

While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes -- and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?

Maiden & princess by Daniel Haack

When a maiden reluctantly attends a ball for her friend, the prince, everyone considers her his perfect match until she surprises them--and herself--by finding true love with someone else.

Maisy goes to a wedding : A Maisy First Experiences Book by Lucy Cousins

When her friends Penguin and Ostrich get married, Maisy goes to her first wedding.

Monday is one day by Arthur A Levine

A rhyming countdown of the days of the week as a father and child find ways to spend time together while waiting for the weekend

My footprints by Bao Phi

Upset after being bullied, Thuy, a Vietnamese American, pretends she is different creatures, including an especially strong, wonderful being made up of her two mothers and herself. Includes note about the phoenix and the Sarabha.

When Aidan became a brother by Kyle Lukoff

"Aidan, a transgender boy, experiences complicated emotions as he and his parents prepare for the arrival of a new baby"--

I am Jazz! by Jessica Herthel

Presents the story of a transgender child who traces her early awareness that she is a girl in spite of male anatomy and the acceptance she finds through a wise doctor who explains her natural transgender status

Jack (not Jackie) by Erica Silverman

Susan loves her baby sister, Jackie, but as Jackie grows older and behaves more and more like a boy Susan must adjust to having a brother, Jack, instead.

My Maddy by Gayle E Pitman

A child celebrates her Maddy, who is neither mommy nor daddy but a little bit of both, like so many things in nature. Includes note to parents.

The name I call myself by Hasan Namir

A sweet and moving picture book depicting Ari's gender journey from childhood to adolescence in order to discover who they really are

Be amazing : a history of pride by Desmond Napoles

Throughout history, courageous people like Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and RuPaul have paved the way for a safer, more inclusive for LGBTQ individuals, and it's thanks to them that people just like Desmond can be free to be who they really are. In Be Amazing, drag kid Desmond is Amazing walks you through the history of the LGBTQ community, all the while encouraging you to embrace your own uniqueness and ignore the haters

Sewing the rainbow : the story of Gilbert Baker and the rainbow flag by Gayle E Pitman

Pride : the story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders

Traces the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today's world.

My rainbow by DeShanna Neal

"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"--

Papa, Daddy, & Riley by Seamus Kirst

When a classmate insists a family must have a mother and a father, Riley fears she will have to choose between Papa and Daddy until her fathers assure her that love makes a family.

My two dads and me by Michael Joosten

An adorable board book for the babies and toddlers of gay fathers, featuring a variety of diverse, loving families with two dads.

My two moms and me by Michael Joosten

Families with same-sex parents are celebrated in this board book that follows busy moms and their kids throughout their day—eating breakfast, going on a playdate, heading to the pool for a swim, and settling back in at night with a bedtime story and a good-night lullaby. LGBTQ+ parents and their friends and families will welcome this inclusive and cheerful book that reflects their own lives and family makeup.
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