Celebrate Pride 2020: LGBTQIA+ Book Recommendations for Young Readers

I've added more books that are accessible through Overdrive to this list for access at home during Pride 2020! Enjoy, Stay Safe, and Happy Pride!

In this list you'll find books discussing family make-up, gender identity, and sex roles as well as a few reassuring titles encouraging children to be and love themselves. This list has been put together with children and families ranging from birth through second grade in mind. 

If you would like to find more titles like these in our catalog, the following are some recommended search terms: LGBTQ, Gender, Gender Identity, Gender Noncomformity, Gender Expression, Transgender People, Gay Pride, Social Acceptance, Individuality, and Sex Role. Another way is to find a title you like and click the hyperlinked subject headings within the title description. For more help finding great LGBTQIA+ titles for kids feel free to ask a librarian! 

A is for activist

Innosanto Nagara

jE Nagara
Picture Books

"The bestselling ABC book for families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that we believe in and fight for."--Page [4] of cover.

When Aidan became a brother

Kyle Lukoff

jE Lukoff
Picture Books

"Aidan, a transgender boy, experiences complicated emotions as he and his parents prepare for the arrival of a new baby"--

Pride colors

Robin Stevenson

jBOARD BOOK Stevenso
Board Books

"In this photographic concept book, babies and toddlers are introduced to the PRIDE flag and the meaning behind each color."--

Ho'onani : hula warrior

Heather (Children's author) Gale

jE Gale
Picture Books

"An empowering celebration of identity, acceptance and Hawaiian culture based on the true story of a young girl in Hawai'i who dreams of leading the boys-only hula troupe at her school. Ho'onani feels in-between. She doesn't see herself as wahine (girl) OR kane (boy). She's happy to be in the middle. But not everyone sees it that way. When Ho'onani finds out that there will be a school performance of a traditional kane hula chant, she wants to be part of it. But can a girl really lead the all-male troupe? Ho'onani has to try . . . Based on a true story, Ho'onani: Hula Warrior is a celebration of Hawaiian culture and an empowering story of a girl who learns to lead and learns to accept who she really is--and in doing so, gains the respect of all those around her. Ho'onani's story first appeared in the documentary A Place in the Middle by filmmakers Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson."--

My footprints

Bao Phi

jE Phi
Early Chapter Books

Upset after being bullied, Thuy, a Vietnamese American, pretends she is different creatures, including an especially strong, wonderful being made up of her two mothers and herself. Includes note about the phoenix and the Sarabha.

Stonewall : a building. an uprising. a revolution.

Rob Sanders

j306.76 Sanders
Picture Books, Nonfiction, LGBTQ+

Describes the Stonewall Riots in New York City in 1969, which sparked the gay liberation movement in the United States, and details the history of LGBTQ rights since the riots.

A plan for Pops

Heather Smith

jE Smith
Picture Books

"In this illustrated picture book, a child helps their grandparents deal with a difficult change in abilities."--

Love, Z

Jessie Sima

jE Sima
Picture Books, Fantasy, Travel, Adventure, Philosophy, LGBTQ+

A little robot named Z finds a message in a bottle signed, "Love, Beatrice" and, unable to learn what love is from other robots, sets out on a quest to find the answer.

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Z sets out on a quest to find out what "love" is. On the journey Z might just find a place in your heart.
- Casey

All are welcome

Alexandra Penfold

jE Penfold
Picture Books

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text introduce a school where diversity is celebrated and songs, stories, and talents are shared.

Perfectly Norman

Tom Percival

jE Percival
Picture Books

Norman is thrilled to discover he grew a pair of wings overnight, but his excitement turns to doubt when he realizes he is now different from everyone else, causing him to question whether there is such thing as perfectly normal.

Sewing the rainbow : the story of Gilbert Baker and the rainbow flag

Gayle E. Pitman

jE Pitman
Picture Books

"Sewing the Rainbow is the powerful story of Gilbert Baker and the creation of the rainbow flag. This book takes readers from Gilbert's childhood in a small town in Kansas where he didn't fit in, to his historic artistic career in San Francisco. Today the flag is everywhere, even in the small town where Gilbert grew up! This book shows that when you see a rainbow flag, you'll know it's okay to be your colorful self. Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers with more about Gilbert and the flag's history." --Publisher description.

The day you begin

Jacqueline Woodson

jE Woodson
Picture Books

Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.