June celebrates Pride month so we've rounded up children’s books that offer fun and positive messages about diversity. All families are unique, yet at the same time they share common values and traditions.
Have fun with the kids, moms, dads and pets reading these delightful books that celebrate alternative families and being different!
Mommy, Mama, And Me
Rhythmic text and illustrations with universal appeal show a toddler spending the day with its mommies. 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. Ages 0 to 3. $8.99 at Chapters-Indigo.
Heather Has Two Mommies
Heather’s favorite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, two pets—and two mommies. When Heather goes to school for the first time, someone asks her about her daddy, but Heather doesn’t have a daddy. Then something interesting happens. When Heather and her classmates all draw pictures of their families, not one drawing is the same. Ages 0 to 3. $10.99 at Chapters-Indigo.
It’s Okay To Be Different
Told with Todd Parr's signature wit and wisdom, It's Okay to Be Different cleverly delivers the important messages of acceptance, understanding, and confidence in an accessible, child-friendly format. Ages 0 to 3. $12.99 at Chapters-Indigo.
And Tango Makes Three
At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo got the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own. Ages 4+. $11.99 Chapters-Indigo.
Donovan’s Big Day
Donovan's two moms are getting married, and he can't wait for the celebration to begin. After all, as ringbearer, he has a very important job to do. Any boy or girl with same-sex parents — or who knows a same-sex couple—will appreciate this picture book about love, family, and marriage. Ages 3 to 7. $18.32 at Chapters-Indigo.
Daddy, Papa, And Me
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. Share the loving bond between same-sex parents and their children in this heartwarming story of family. Ages 0 to 3. $10.99 at Chapters-Indigo.
Stella Brings The Family: A Tale Of Two Dads On Mother's Day
Stella has her Papa and Daddy who take care of her, and a whole gaggle of other loved ones who make her feel special and supported every day. She just doesn't have a mom to invite to the party. Fortunately, Stella finds a unique solution to her party problem in this sweet story about love, acceptance, and the true meaning of family. Ages 5 to 8. $24.99 at Chapters-Indigo.
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag
In this deeply moving and empowering true story, young readers will trace the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings in 1978 with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today's world. Ages 5 to 8. $17.99 at Chapters-Indigo.
Be Amazing: A History Of Pride
In Be Amazing, drag kid Desmond is Amazing walks you through the history of the LGBTQ community, all while encouraging you to embrace your own uniqueness and ignore the haters. Ages 3 to 6. $25.99 at Chapters-Indigo.
A young child and their family are having a wonderful time together celebrating Pride Day-meeting up with Grandma, making new friends and eating ice cream. But then something terrible happens: their dog gets lost in the parade! Luckily, there are lots of people around to help reunite the pup with his family. Ages 3 to 5. $19.95 at Chapters-Indigo.
My Shadow Is Pink
My Shadow Is Pink is a beautifully written rhyming story that touches on the subjects of gender identity, self acceptance, equality and diversity. Ages 5 to 7. $22.99 at Chapters-Indigo.
The Best at It
From award-winning actor Maulik Pancholy comes a hilarious and heartfelt middle grade debut about a gay Indian American boy coming into his own. Age: 8 to 12. $9.99 at Chapters-Indigo.
Too Bright to See
A haunting ghost story about navigating grief, growing up, and growing into a new gender identity. Ages 10 to 12. $22.99 at Chapters-Indigo.
Thanks a Lot, Universe
A moving middle-grade debut for anyone who's ever felt like they don't belong. Ages 10 to 14. $21.99 at Chapters-Indigo.
Looking for more titles? Check out this list of LGBTQ2+ Books for Kids from Chapters-Indigo.