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        Kids Lit

        14 Children’s Books to Help Your Family Celebrate Pride

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

        Written By
        Jennifer Chen and 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.")
        Book cover of My Two Moms and MeBook cover of My Two Moms and Me

        "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.
        Book cover Rainbow, A First Book of PrideBook cover Rainbow, A First Book of Pride

        "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.
        Book cover of It Feels Good to Be YourselfBook cover of It Feels Good to Be Yourself

        "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.
        Book cover Julian is a MermaidBook cover Julian is a Mermaid

        "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.
        Book cover Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named PenelopeBook cover Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope

        "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.
        Book cover Harriet Gets Carried AwayBook cover Harriet Gets Carried Away

        "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.")
        Book cover Maiden & PrincessBook cover Maiden & Princess

        "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
        Book cover When Aidan Became a BrotherBook cover When Aidan Became a Brother

        "Strong" by Rob Kearney & Eric Rosswood

        In this real-life tale about a boy named Rob who is strong and grows up to be a professional Strongman competitor. What’s a Strongman contest? Picture lifting heavy logs, flipping giant tires, and even pulling a fire truck, and that’s what Rob loves to do. But Rob is nervous about wearing his bright and bold outfits and rainbow mohawk hair to competitions until his boyfriend Joey convinces him to show up as himself.
        Strong book cover pride books for kidsStrong book cover pride books for kids

        "Jack (Not Jackie)" by Erica Silverman

        Susan loves her little sister Jackie a lot. But as Jackie grows up, Jackie loves to wear shorts, ties, and baseball caps, much to Susan’s chagrin. When Jackie asks to be called Jack, Susan has a hard time letting go of her sister who now wants to be her brother. This is a great book for families who are dealing with gender transitions.
        "Jack (Not Jackie)" book cover by Erica Silverman"Jack (Not Jackie)" book cover by Erica Silverman

        "Perfectly Pegasus" by Jessie Sima

        A sweet tale of Nimbus is a one-of-a-kind creature who feels a little bit lonely. She wishes on a shooting star to have someone to keep her company. Meeting Kelp, a glittery unicorn, leads Nimbus to a new group of pointy friends who might just be what she always wanted.
        "Perfectly Pegasus" book cover by Jessie Sima"Perfectly Pegasus" book cover by Jessie Sima

        "Mighty Red Riding Hood" by Wallace West

        This new take on the classic fairy tale, Little Red loves wearing his favorite frilly red riding hood. The Wolf doesn’t like it one bit and bullies Little Red about his outfit. But Little Red helps the Wolf learn that anyone can wear what they like.
        "Mighty Red Riding Hood" book cover by Wallace West"Mighty Red Riding Hood" book cover by Wallace West

        "Big Wig" by Jonathan Hillman

        Wig is a beautiful pink purplish mop of hair that belongs to B.B. Bedazzle who loves to be photographed. As B.B. Bedazzle and Wig get ready for the Big Wig ball, Wig becomes intimidated by the other wigs who tower over them and completely wigs out! This sparkly book about believing in yourself is a colorful journey to confidence.
        "Big Wig" book cover by Jonathan Hillman"Big Wig" book cover by Jonathan Hillman