18 Multicultural Children’s Books featuring LGBTQIA Characters

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Multicultural Children's Books featuring LGBTQIA Characters

 

June is Pride Month – a time when LGBTQIA communities all over the world celebrate love, identity and solidarity!

A good time to put together this list of multicultural children’s books featuring LGBTQIA characters (although these gorgeous and inclusive books are of course relevant all year round)!


18 Multicultural Children’s Books featuring LGBTQIA Characters


Babies & Toddlers


Baby’s First Words
by Stella Blackstone

Multicultural Children's Books featuring LGBTQIA Characters: Baby's First Words

This cute little board book features a city baby whose parents happen to be two dads. With tabs and brief text, Baby’s First Words follows the baby’s daily activities of a city baby while featuring terms for objects, actions, and sounds. ~ Diverse -Babies & Toddlers


The Family Book
by Todd Parr

Multicultural Children's Books featuring LGBTQIA Characters: The Family Book

The Family Book is an inclusive children’s book that celebrates families in all the different varieties they come in. With Todd Parr’s signature quirky style, it assures little readers that every family is special and unique, whether you have two moms or two dads (a reference that this amazing book was actually banned for!), a big family or a small family, a clean family or a messy one. ~ Diverse -Babies & Toddlers

More challenged or banned books: 15 Must-Read Banned/Challenged Multicultural Children’s Books



Preschool


Two Dads: A book about adoption
by Carolyn Roberston

Multicultural Children's Books featuring LGBTQIA Characters: Two dads

“I have something that can’t be bad/… I don’t have one…, I have two dads!” With lively text and colourful illustrations, Two Dads is an affirming story told from the perspective of the adopted child of two fathers, one white and the other black (or mixed race). ~ African – Preschool

More books about adoption: 28 Multicultural Children’s Books about Adoption


Two Dads Are Better Than One
by K.C. Eckels

Multicultural Children's Books featuring LGBTQIA Characters: Two Dads are better Than One

With rhyming text and child-like drawings, Two Dads Are Better Than One tells the story of little Suzie who lives with her same-sex parents. Suzie describes all the fun she has with her dads and how they support and love her, and also mentions the hurt when other children say mean things: “When people are mean, / That makes me sad, / They don’t understand, / The Family I have!” ~ Diverse – Preschool


This Day in June
by Gayle E. Pitman

Multicultural Children's Books featuring LGBTQIA Characters: This Day in June

This whimsical and exuberant book invites little readers to experience a pride celebration in the LGBT community. It also includes a reading guide full of facts about LGBT history and culture as well as advice on how to talk to children about sexual orientation and gender identity. Award-winning This Day In June is a fantastic tool for teaching respect, acceptance, and understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. ~ Diverse – Preschool


It Takes Love (and some other stuff) to Make a Baby
by LL Bird

Multicultural Children's Books featuring LGBTQIA Characters: It Takes Love

“Mommy, how are babies made?” It Takes Love (and some other stuff) To Make A Baby is a picture book for little kids in lesbian families born via donor insemination. With simple language and bright illustrations, it introduces the basics of reproduction and the concept of the donor. ~ Diverse – Preschool


A Church for All
by Gayle E. Pitman

Multicultural Children's Books featuring LGBTQIA Characters: A Church For All

“Sunday waking / Day is breaking / Let’s go to our church for all!” In simple lyrical words and with colourful illustrations, A Church For All celebrates diversity with a Sunday morning at an inclusive church that embraces all people regardless of age, class, race, gender identity, and sexual orientation. All are welcome at the church for all! ~ Diverse – Preschool



Two Mommies
by Tierra Williams

Multicultural Children's Books featuring LGBTQIA Characters: My Two Mommies

Follow a little boy and his two moms as they go about their day, from having fun at the beach to saying grace before dinner. With colourful illustrations and rhyming text, My Two Mommies is a warm and delightful book about family, love and inclusion. ~ Diverse – Preschool


Two Moms and a Menagerie
by Carolyn Robertson

Multicultural Children's Books featuring LGBTQIA Characters: My Two Moms And A Menagerie

Two Moms and a Menagerie is a delightful story about two moms (one Black, one White), their two adopted sons and their ever-expanding animal family. With lively text and dynamic illustrations, this picture books is a fun read that will appeal to little readers. ~ Diverse – Preschool


Keesha & Her Two Moms Go Swimming
by Bey-Clarke

Multicultural Children's Books featuring LGBTQIA Characters: Keesha

Keesha and her two moms head out for a fun day at the pool where they meet up with Trevor and his two dads. While the illustrations and text of are not of the greatest quality, Keesha & Her Two Moms Go Swimming is still an affirming story that normalizes LBGT families and promotes tolerance. ~ Diverse – Preschool


Keesha’s South African Adventure
by Bey-Clarke

Multicultural Children's Books featuring LGBTQIA Characters: Keesha

After learning about South Africa in school, Keesha dreams of travelling there one day. She gets the surprise of a lifetime when her two moms decide to take her there for her birthday. Keesha’s South African Adventure follows the family as they experience the diverse landscapes, cultures and people of South Africa. ~ Diverse – Preschool

More books about South Africa: 23 Children’s Books set in South Africa


Love Is Love
by Michael Genhart

Multicultural Children's Books featuring LGBTQIA Characters: Love Is Love

A young boy is being bullied about having two dads. He is being told that he doesn’t have a real family. When he confides in his friend, he discovers that his friend’s parents―a mom and a dad―and his two dads are actually very much alike. Love Is Love is a gentle yet straightforward story that shows that love is what makes a family. A great resource to discuss discrimination! ~ Diverse – PreschoolElementary School

More books about bullying: 20 Multicultural Children’s Books about Bullying


Zak’s Safari
by Christy Tyner

Multicultural Children's Books featuring LGBTQIA Characters: Zak's Safari

When the rain spoils Zak’s plan for a safari adventure, he invites readers on a very special tour of his family instead. We learn about how his two moms met, fell in love, and wanted more than anything to have a baby—so they decided to make one using a sperm donor. Zak’s Safari is a fun and informative book that explains sperm donation in simple but accurate language and that celebrates family.  ~ Diverse – PreschoolElementary School



Elementary & Middle School


Why Do I Have Two Mommies?

by Janai Akerele

Multicultural Children's Books featuring LGBTQIA Characters: Why Do I Have Two Mommies?

“Why do I have two moms?” Angel goes on a journey to find an answer to this question. She won’t stop until she’s questioned every member of the family. Not only does Why Do I Have Two Mommies? feature LGBT characters but also a range of other diverse characters, from the Middle-Eastern neighbour to the Asian best friend and the interracial grandparents. ~ Diverse – Elementary School


In Our Mothers’ House
by Patricia Polacco

Multicultural Children's Books featuring LGBTQIA Characters: In Our Mothers' House

Just like any other family, Marmee, Meema and their three kids like to cuddle, cook and dance together. Some people don’t accept them but the family gains strength from their love and lives by their own rules. With expressive drawings of loving family interactions, In Our Mothers’ House teaches children that different isn’t wrong and that love is what makes a family. ~ Diverse – Elementary School


Antonio’s Card/ La tarjeta de Antonio 

by Rigoberto González

Multicultural Children's Books featuring LGBTQIA Characters: Antonio's Card

Mother’s Day is around the corner, and Antonio searches for words to express his love for his mother and her partner, Leslie. When his classmates make fun of Leslie, a tall artist who wears paint-splattered overalls, Antonio feels hurt and confused. Complemented by richly hued paintings, Antonio’s Card is a warm and tender story about standing up for yourself and the people you love. ~ Hispanic – Elementary School



Princess Princess Ever After

by Katie O.Neill

Multicultural Children's Books featuring LGBTQIA Characters: Princess Princess Ever After

When the heroic princess Amira rescues the kind-hearted princess Sadie from her tower prison, they discover that they bring out the very best in each other. Together, the two very different princesses embark on a journey to defeat their greatest foe yet: a jealous sorceress, who wants to get rid of Sadie once and for all. Princess Princess Ever After is a queer, feminist and multicultural graphic novel that children will love! ~ Diverse – Elementary School, Middle School

More princess books: 14 Multicultural Children’s Books About Spunky Princesses


The Tea Dragon Society

by Katie O’Neill

Multicultural Children's Books featuring LGBTQIA Characters: The Tea Dragon Society

After discovering a lost tea dragon, blacksmith Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives—and eventually her own. From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes The Tea Dragon Society, a charming graphic novel with a diverse cast of LGBTQIA characters and people of colour. Includes  “Extracts from the Tea Dragons Handbook”, explaining more about tea dragons. ~ Diverse – Elementary School, Middle School

Don’t miss the adorable follow-up: Aquicorn Cove


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  1. Zak’s Safari is my personal favorite on this list! Thanks for sharing with the #diversekidlit link up and welcome to the team!!

  2. Katie Logonauts
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    Great list! Stella Brings the Family is one of my new favorite LGBTQIA picture books, and my 3rd graders loved the Family Fletcher novels by Dana Alison Levy! Thanks for sharing this with #diversekidlit and for joining us as a co-host!

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