Best LGBTQ Children’s Books

By Sarah Wyckoff

Compiled below is an ever-growing list of some of the best LGBTQ childrens books to inform readers about different ways of being. These books are meant to help encourage the support of LGBTQ students. These books are to help carve an open space for students outside of the gender binary.

Elementary School

This Day in June By Gayle E. Pitman

● This book is a celebration of Pride with bright pictures, minimal words and information for teaching.

Stella Brings the Family By Miriam B. Sciffler

● A story about being raised by a same-sex couple.

King and King by Linda dee Hann and Stern Nijland

● The story of a gay royal wedding.

And Tango Makes Three By Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

● Based on the true story of two male penguins raising a baby in the Bronx Zoo.

Introducing Teddy By Jessica Walton

● The story of a teddy bear exploring gender and acceptance.

Oliver Button is a Sissy By TomiedePaola

● Oliver is not into typical “boy” activities, he must learn to overcome being ostracized for it.

10,000 Dresses By Marcus Ewert

● A book about a boy whose dream of creating dresses is not accepted by his family.

Not Every Princess By Jeffrey and Lisa Bone

● A book about imagination and challenging societal norms of the gender construct.

All I want to be is Me By Phyllis Rothblatt

● A book about gender diversity, acceptance and friendship.

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress By Christine Bladacchino

● A story about a boy who wants to be an astronaut and himself.

One of a Kind, Like Me By LaurinMayeno

● A story about a boy who wants to be a princess.

Red: A Crayon’s Story By Michael Hall

● A story about a crayon who struggles with his identity.

Who Are You?: A Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity By Brook Pessin-Whedbee

● An introduction to gender identity for anyone wanting to learn more. This book comes complete with a guide for educators to help navigate conversations on the matter.

I am Jazz By Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings

● Based on the true story of Jazz Jennings who became a spokesperson for trans kids.

George By Alex Gino

● A chapter book about a child who wants to try out for a female role in his class play for more reasons than just the character. (Late elementary school.)

When Kayla Was Kyle by Amy Fabrikant

● This book is about a transgender child finding out who they are and becoming who they are truly meant to be.

Daddy, Papa and Me

Mommy, Mama, and Me

Heather has Two Mommies By Leslea Newman

● Three individual stories, all by Leslea Newman, about being raised by a same-sex couple.

Middle School

Gracefully Grayson By Ami Polonsky

● A chapter book about a sixth grader born in the wrong gender’s body.

The Pants Party By Cat Clarke

● A chapter book about a transgender youth fighting against the dress code so he can wear pants and be himself.

Better Nate Than Ever By Tim Federle

● A chapter book about a boy dreams of joining the theater and leaves his small town for Broadway in New York City.

Be Who You Are! By Jennifer Carr

● Nick becomes Hope in a coming of age chapter book about a transgender youth.