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Kids Lit

9 Children’s Books to Help Your Family Celebrate Pride

These fun, family-friendly reads teach LGBTQ history, help break down topics like gender identity, and celebrate families of all types.

Written By
Marnie Schwartz

"My Two Moms and Me" by Michael Joosten

This funny and cheerful board book follows moms and their kids going about their days, with diverse representation of two-mom families. (The author has also written a companion board book, "My Two Dads and Me.")
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"Rainbow: A First Book of Pride" by Michael Genhart

A “sweet ode to rainbow families,” this book celebrates pride as well as parents’ and children’s love for each other, and explains the meaning behind every color of the rainbow flag.
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"It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book about Gender Identity" by Theresa Thorn

With beautiful illustrations and a sweet and straightforward message, this book offers kids an explanation of gender identity that’s full of warmth, joy, and positivity.
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"Julián is a Mermaid" by Jessica Love

Julián loves mermaids. When he sees women dressed up as them on the subway, he can’t stop thinking about doing so himself. He makes a bit of a mess creating his costume, but instead of being mad, in this heartwarming tale, his abuela is supportive and loving.
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"Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope" by Jodie Patterson

This powerful true story, written by activist, chair of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Board, and mom Jodie Patterson, shares the journey of the author’s transgender son. It gives all kids the message that being true to yourself makes you stronger.
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"Harriet Gets Carried Away" by Jessie Sima

When Harriet wears her penguin costume while running errands, she accidentally gets carried away by a real flock of penguins. In this funny story about belonging, Harriet has to find her way back to her home—and her two-dad family.
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"Maiden & Princess" by Daniel Haack and Isabel Galupo

This book begins with a classic fairy-tale setup: A kingdom is looking for a princess for the prince, and a maiden is invited to his royal ball. The maiden finds love, but there’s a twist: It’s with the prince’s sister instead of the prince. (The book is a follow-up to Haack’s 2018 story "Prince & Knight.")
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"Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag" by Rob Sanders

From 1978 to modern times, this book takes young readers through the history of the Gay Pride Flag. The story begins with activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker, includes the day the White House was lit with the colors of the flag, and discusses its role globally today.
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"When Aidan Became a Brother" by Kyle Lukoff

Full of familial love and warmth, this sweet book follows Aiden as he realizes he is a boy and settles into his new life, and then experiences another big change: welcoming a new sibling. He worries about being the “perfect” big brother, but learns that mistakes can be fixed, and that love is what’s most important
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