A collection of helpful, celebrational and supportive books to explain LGBTQ+ to children, as well as teaching children that we are all different and to accept those differences. Useful for both children who may be part of the LGBTQ+ community and for children who are making new friends.
The Secrets of Sam & Sam
by Susie Day
Sam likes being a twin. He likes cheese sandwiches and his dog. His sister – Sam – likes being a twin, too. She thinks she is the Best Twin. Two Sams, two mums, one puppy. Meet the family where everybody has secrets.
by Marcus Ewert
In her dreams, Bailey is a young girl. Every night she dreams about magical dresses. Unfortunately, when Bailey wakes up, nobody wants to hear about her beautiful dreams. This is because Bailey is a boy and shouldn’t be thinking about dresses at all. However, Bailey meets an older girl who is touched and inspired by Bailey’s dreams and courage.
by Alex Gino
A bright, bold debut about a girl who happens to have been born a boy but refuses to let that stand in the way of her dream, ‘George’ is a pertinent and poignant middle-grade read for kids of all backgrounds.
Nothing Ever Happens Here
by Sarah Hagger-Holt
Izzy’s family is under the spotlight when her dad comes out as Danielle, a trans woman. Izzy is terrified her family will be torn apart. Will she lose her dad? Will her parents break up? And what will people at school say? Izzy’s always been shy, but now all eyes are on her. Can she face her fears, find her voice and stand up for what’s right?
Red: a crayon’s story
by Michael Hall
Red has a bright red label, but he is, in fact, blue. His teacher tries to help him be red (let’s draw strawberries!), his mother tries to help him be red by sending him out on a play date with a yellow classmate (go draw a nice orange!), and the scissors try to help him be red by snipping his label so that he has room to breathe. But Red is miserable. He just can’t be red, no matter how hard he tries! Finally, a brand-new friend offers a brand-new perspective, and Red discovers what readers have known all along. He’s blue! This funny, heart-warming, colourful picture book about finding the courage to be true to your inner self can be read on multiple levels, and it offers something for everyone.
I am Jazz
by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
The story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transkids everywhere.
The Great Big Book of Families
by Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith
There are almost as many kinds of families as colours of the rainbow and this book illustrates some of them: from a mum and dad or single parent to two mums or two dads, from a mixed-race family to children with different mums and dads, from families with a disabled member to those with a mum or dad in prison.
Jacob’s new dress
by Sarah and Ian Hoffman
Jacob loves playing dress-up, when he can be anything he wants to be. Some kids at school say he can’t wear “girl” clothes, but Jacob wants to wear a dress to school. Can he convince his parents to let him wear what he wants? This heartwarming story speaks to the unique challenges faced by boys who don’t identify with traditional gender roles.
My Princess Boy
by Cheryl Kilodavis
Dyson loves the colour pink and sparkly things. Sometimes he wears dresses and sometimes he wears jeans. He likes to wear his princess tiara, even when climbing trees. He’s a Princess Boy, and his family loves him exactly the way he is. This is a story about love and acceptance.
My Dad thinks I’m a boy?!
by Sophie Labelle
This is a comic style children’s book that tells the story of Stephie, a 7-year-old transgender girl, whose Dad is still struggling to recognize and accept her gender. It portrays a powerful message for children aged 6-9, that no one else other than ourselves gets to decide who we are.
Julian is a Mermaid
by Jessica Love
Perfect for opening a discussion about gender and acceptance. Julian sees three women dressed as mermaids and wants to copy them.
Dad David, Baba Chris and Me
by Ed Merchant
Ben’s two dads adopted him when he was four. This story encourages an understanding and appreciation of same-sex parents, as well as looking at the different sorts of families that there can be.
Daddy, Papa, and Me
by Leslea Newman and Carol Thompson
Rhythmic text and illustrations with universal appeal show a toddler spending the day with its daddies. From hide-and-seek to dress-up, then bath time and a kiss goodnight, there’s no limit to what a loving family can do together.
Heather Has Two Mummies
by Leslea Newman and Laura Cornell
Heather’s favourite number is two – she has two arms, two legs, two pets and two mummies. On her first day at school, someone asks Heather about her daddy. When everyone draws pictures of their families they see that families come in all shapes and sizes.
And Tango makes three
by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Roy and Silo are just like the other penguin couples at the zoo – they bow to each other, walk together and swim together. But Roy and Silo are a little bit different – they’re both boys. Then, one day, when Mr Gramzay the zookeeper finds them trying to hatch a stone, he realises that it may be time for Roy and Silo to become parents for real.
The Boy in the Dress
by David Walliams
Dennis lives in a boring house in a boring street in a boring town. But he’s about to find out that when you open your mind, life becomes anything but boring.
The Seaside Trip
by Jackie Walter
A fun day out at the seaside ending in a delicious ice-cream treat. Notes about how to use the book are contained at the back.
by Jeanne Willis
How will Cliff the crocodile break it to his motorcycling dad that he likes to wear dresses and heels? This rhyming text gives a positive outcome for Cliff to be whatever he wants.
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