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Celebrate LGBTQIA+ Stories With These Pride Month Reads for Kids

Love is love — read all about it!

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Pride Month Children's Books

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Celebrate stories of love, pride, and resilience during Pride Month — and all year long — with these books that center LGBTQIA+ experiences. From picture books to middle grade novels, these heartwarming must-reads will inspire meaningful family conversations.

Picture Books

The World Needs More Purple People by Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart

Want to become a purple person? It's never been easier than with the help of Penny Purple. Follow along and learn all about becoming a purple person in Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart's New York Times best-selling book, The World Need More Purple People. The touching story encourages asking questions, creating community, and embracing others that might not be like you. 

Love is Powerful by Heather Dean Brewer

Heather Dean Brewer's picture book Love Is Powerful shows you are never too young to make an impact. The story follows Mari, a little girl who is making a sign to bring to the Women's March. When Mari is unsure how everyone will see her sign, her mother reassures her it will make a difference "because love is powerful." The encouraging short story will show little ones that they are never too young to make a difference.  

Red: A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall

Red has never fit into his label. Sure, it says he is a red crayon, but red knows he is actually a blue crayon. No matter how many red-centric drawings he does, he knows it's not the right fit. So, when he meets a new friend that shares some wise advice, Red finally figures out who he has been this whole time. Read along with Red and his personal discovery in this clever tale from Michael Hall. 

Jacob's School Play: Starring He, She, and They by Ian Hoffman

Fans of Jacob in Jacob's Room to Choose and Jacob's New Dress will fall in love with his new adventure as he stars in his new school play, "Life on the Farm." During rehearsal for the show, Jacob struggles to understand his classmates Ari's pronouns as they. Throughout the show, and with the help of his teacher's wise words, Jacob learns to understand and respect gender identity and self-expression. The informative story from Ian Hoffman breaks down gender identity in a simple way, even for his youngest readers. 

Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Julián can't help but be wowed by three sensationally dressed-up women he sees on the subway. As soon as he gets home, the young boy knows he wants to channel their energy and dress just like them in fishtails and over-the-top headdresses. The one problem? Julián is worried about what his Abuela will think of the mess he will make. More importantly, he is worried about her opinion and how she thinks he sees himself. Join Julián's adventure to self-acceptance in this heartwarming tale from Jessica Love.

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

All Are Welcome delivers the heartwarming message that no matter where you are from or what your background may be, you belong. The brightly illustrated tale follows a group of diverse school children throughout their school day. Throughout the day, they learn about different traditions and cultures, all while learning to embrace each other's differences.

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson

Penguins Roy and Silo have a lovely life together at the Central Park Zoo. They spend their days in love, singing and bowing to each other. They even created a nest together to call home. However, one morning the penguins realize they cannot lay an egg, like the other penguin couples can. Thankfully, when a motherless egg is found in the zoo, a friendly zookeeper knows just where to bring it. The heartwarming true story shows that families can thrive wherever there is love.

Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer

Stella has never thought twice about having two dads. Her Papa and Daddy love and support her in every way possible. She also has an abundance of loved ones who she knows she can count on. However, when Stella's class throws a Mother's Day celebration, it puts Stella in a tizzy she never expected. Who can she bring to the celebration? With the help of her huge support system, Stella is able to find a clever solution to her problem, all while learning about the true meaning of family.  

Jack (Not Jackie) by Erica Silverman

When Susan finds out she's getting a baby sister, she couldn't be more excited for them to grow up together and play fairies and do all sorts of girly things. But when her sister is finally is old enough to play, she has no interest. Instead, she wants to play in the mud with bugs, wear boy's clothing, and be called Jack. Not only is Susan disappointed, but she doesn't really understand what is happening. Follow along as Susan learns to understand Jack's new gender identity in this beautifully illustrated picture book from Erica Silverman and Holly Hatam.   

Peanut Goes for the Gold by Jonathan Van Ness

Meet Peanut, a gender nonbinary guinea pig who follows the beat of their own drum. Peanut isn't like all of the other kids in their class and always has a special way of doing things. So, when Peanut takes up rhythmic gymnastics and comes up with a unique routine, they know it will be 100 percent representative of them. Follow along on Peanut's journey in this inspiring tale from Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness.

Little People, BIG DREAMS: RuPaul by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Even before RuPaul was born, a fortune-teller told his mom that he would be famous one day. This wittily illustrated story of the beloved trailblazer's life shows how his dress-up hobby transformed into drag culture and evolved into self-expression through art. It's an inspiring story for all kids who want to dream big!

Books for Early and Middle-Grade Readers

George by Alex Gino

George knows his insides don't match his outsides. He knows everyone sees him as a boy, but he is the only one who knows that inside he is truly a girl. George thinks this is a secret he will have to keep forever — that is, until his teacher announces that they will be doing “Charlotte’s Web" for the school play. George REALLY wants to play Charlotte, but his teacher says he can't audition since he's a boy. With a little help from his friend Kelly, they come up with an idea that lets George audition and share his true self with everyone at the same time.

From Archie to Zack by Vincent Kirsch

Archie and Zack both like each other, and everyone seems to know. The one problem? They haven't exactly told each other yet, and neither can figure out the right way to do it. While they figure it out, they spend all of their time together crafting, riding bikes, and walking to and from school together. Eventually, Archie decides to write a letter to Zach, calling it "From A to Z." However, he still can't get it right, so he ditches that plan. Read along to see if Archie can muster the courage to share his feelings with Zach in this heartwarming first love story for early readers from Vincent X. Kirsch. 

Let Me Out! a pop-out about coming out! by Omid Razavi

Omid Razavi's fun pop-up book Let Me Out celebrates coming out and the fears that sometimes come with it. Through his journey, the main character confronts his fears and eventually learns to embrace his truth while being proud of who he truly is. The pop-up book is all about learning how to show your true colors and being proud of yourself no matter what.  

Two Grooms on a Cake: The Story of America's First Gay Wedding by Rob Sanders

Journey back to 1971 to learn about Jack Baker and Michael McConnell, the first same-sex couple to be married in the United States, in this retro-style picture book from Rob Sanders. The tale starts at the beginning of the couple's journey to obtain a marriage license in Minnesota and follows them alongside their journey to the Supreme Court as they fight for marriage equality. The important story is told through the baking of their wedding cake, making for one sweet ending that celebrates love in all its flavors. 

The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead

When Bea's parents divorce, she suddenly finds her life changing in ways she can't control. To keep control of the chaos, Bea keeps a green notebook with a reminder that her parents will always love her. While the notebook keeps her grounded, her world is busy moving around her. Bea's father remarries his boyfriend Jesse, and in turn, Bea ends up with a new sister. As the wedding day arrives, Bea finds herself learning about more changes that come with her new family, but all in a positive light. The heartwarming tale from New York Times bestseller Rebecca Stead is an instant classic.