7 Beautiful children’s books that celebrate LGBTQIA+ stories



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Updated on Jun 14, 2024 · 4 mins read
7 Beautiful children’s books that celebrate LGBTQIA+ stories

Books are a brilliant way to teach children about love and acceptance – especially nowadays when literature for kids is so much more diverse than ever before. Media is such a powerful influence in our lives, so it’s lovely to see that stories are now exploring different types of people, cultures and families. By reading books that highlight LGBTQIA+ stories to our kids, we can teach them empathy and kindness, encourage them to stand up for equal rights and demonstrate to them what makes  the LGBTQIA+ community so beautiful. And what better time to do just this than World Pride? Reading books on the topic of Pride also provides an opportunity for kids to learn about the history of the LGBTQIA+ community and the challenges that they have faced. By understanding this history, kids can develop empathy and compassion for others which, in turn, can break down negative stereotypes and prejudices that can lead to bullying and discrimination. World Pride is about celebrating diversity and creating a more inclusive society for all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Teaching kids about World Pride teaches them to embrace differences and understand that everyone deserves respect, dignity and equality. It all starts with us, so here are some of our favourite children’s books that celebrate LGBTQIA+ folx. Happy reading, and happy Pride!

Big Book of LGBTQ+ Activities: Teaching Children about Gender Identity

This workbook aims to raise awareness of different kinds of families, as well as identities such as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and non-binary, and teach acceptance for all. Through illustrated fairytales and engaging activities, this book helps teach children about gender identity and relationships.

Stories include tales of merpeople, a rainbow wedding and a back-to-front horse. Activities include drawing, sculpting, word searches and quizzes. These help children connect with and explore the ideas raised in each story.

AGES: 6 to 9


Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution!

“Someday girls like us will be able to wear whatever we want. People will call us by the names we choose. They’ll respect that we are women. The cops will leave us alone and no one will go hungry.”

This book introduces children to issues surrounding gender identity and diversity, through the story of Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, the two transgender women of colour who helped kickstart the Stonewall Riots and dedicated their lives to fighting for LGBTQ+ equality.

The book represents these two characters as kind, brave and not afraid to speak their truth, even when it makes other people angry.

AGES: 4+


Kind Like Marsha

Kind Like Marsha celebrates 14 amazing and inspirational LGBTQ+ people throughout history, including Harvey Milk, Sylvia Rivera, and Frida Kahlo to name a few.

This book focuses on positive personality attributes of each of the historical figures, encouraging young readers to be brave like the Ugandan activist fighting for LGBTQ+ rights against all odds and to be kind like Marsha P. Johnson who took care of her trans community on the New York City streets.

AGES: 4 to 8 


Pride and Joy

Pride and Joy is a beautiful and uplifting picture book that introduces children to LGBTQIA+ allyship and teaches them the value of inclusion and courage.

It tells the story of Joy, who has a brother that is teased for being gay. Joy wants to help, so she becomes an ally. Through the story, Joy learns that an ally is someone who supports others through their words and actions.

This picture book is definitely a must have for every young ally!

AGES: 5 to 10


The Every Body Book

The Every Body Book provides education on sex, gender and relationships in a way that is inclusive to all sexual orientations and gender identities.

This book covers topics of puberty, hormones, pregnancy, consent, sex, babies, relationships and families while using gender-neutral language throughout and celebrates diversity in all its forms, including race, ethnicity, faith, bodies, gender and sexuality.

It will help answer their questions and spark open discussion with parents, carers and teachers.

AGES: 8 to 12


The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish

Playing off “The Wheels on the Bus,” this fabulous nursery rhyme book covers all the ways drag queens shimmy, shake and sashay!

Written by Lil Miss Hot Mess – a pioneer of Drag Queen Story Hour – this vibrant book follows a drag queen who performs her routine in front of an awe-struck audience. A fun, freewheeling celebration of how to be your most dazzling self, this book will appeal to young and old readers alike.

Ages: 4+


All About LGBTIQ+

Questions such as, Am I bi?, lesbian or gay? What does trans really mean? What is all this LGBTQ+ stuff about? Can all be emotionally overwhelming, especially if you’re not (yet) sure about your own gender identity.

All About LBGTIQ+ is a guide for all children, young people, and parents who want to know more about the many diverse forms that gender identity can take. Amd os told through vignettes of personal experience from members of the LGBTIQ+ community,

This book explains all the various terms, and also offers support when it comes to things such as bullying and harassment.

AGES: 8 to 12


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