Celebrating Pride Month through Children’s Books
Happy Pride Month! June is Pride Month in Canada, a time to celebrate diversity and LGBTQ communities.
In celebration of Pride Month we wanted to share with you some wonderful children’s books that highlight LGBTQ+ stories that speak of acceptance and unconditional love. No matter what your family looks like, all children should see themselves reflected in the stories we read. Imagine as a child not seeing your family or feelings reflected in the books that were read to you.
Books about diverse families, gender identities and pride can help teach children a positive message about acceptance, self-love, kindness and embracing differences. These books are meant for all children so they can be introduced to families and identities that are not the same as what they know or live. As well, these books are for those children that will recognize themselves or family in the pages and can then fully embrace themselves.
Note: these books are meant to be shared all year long, not just during Pride Month.
Some great books to share with all children:
(These 5 are available in our Early Childhood Resource Library to subscribers)
- Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer
- The Family Book by Todd Parr
- 10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert
- ABC A Family Alphabet Book by Bobbie Combs
- Daddy, Papa and Me by Leslea Newman
Books for older children:
- A Kids Book About Gender by Dale Mueller
- Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders
- Stonewall: A Building, an Uprising, a Revolution by Rob Sanders
Other wonderful books to share with children include:
- Red, A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
- Worm Loves Worm by J. J. Austrian
- Mommy, Mama and Me by Leslea Newman
- This Day in June by Gayle Pitman
- Harriet Get Carried Away by Jessie Sima
- When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff
Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer
I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings
Families Belong by Dan Saks