LGBTQ-Positive Picture Books

LGBTQ-Positive Picture Books

These LGBTQ-positive picture books are appropriate for young children, but their message of being true to oneself is meaningful for readers of all ages!

Compiled by:
Lizzie F.
 It Feels Good to be Yourself : A Book About Gender Identity

Theresa Thorn
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 305.3 Tho)

This book introduces the concept of gender identity to the youngest readers! Some people are boys. Some people are girls. Some people are both, neither, or somewhere in between. This sweet, straightforward exploration of gender identity will give children a fuller understanding of themselves and others. With child-friendly language and vibrant art, It Feels Good to Be Yourself provides young readers and parents alike with the vocabulary to discuss this important topic with sensitivity. Recommended for ages 6-9.

10,000 dresses

Marcus Ewert
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ewe)

Bailey loves dresses and dreams of inventive and magical ones when she sleeps. But when she's awake, no one in her family wants to hear about these beautiful dresses. Feeling unsupported, Bailey meets Laurel, an older girl who loves Bailey’s imagination and courage. The two of them begin making dresses, bringing Bailey’s dreams to life! People of all ages will delight in this powerful book. Recommended for ages 6-9.

Ballerino Nate

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bra)

After seeing a ballet performance, Nate decides he wants to learn ballet but he has doubts when his brother Ben tells him that only girls can be ballerinas. This book challenges gender stereotypes and gender roles in an interesting and relatable tale. Recommended for ages 3-6.

Call Me Tree

Maya Christina Gonzalez
(Español Juvenil - Ej Gon)

A bilingual poetic tale that follows one child/tree from the depths of Mami/Earth to the heights of the sky, telling a story about being free to grow and be who we are meant to be and honoring our relationship with the natural world. In a successful venture of using gender neutral language, this beautiful picturebook addresses the life cycle and how unique everyone is. Recommended for ages 6-9.

Daddy's Roommate

Michael Willhoite
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 306.76 Wi)

A young boy discusses his divorced father's new living situation, in which the father and his gay roommate share eating, doing chores, playing, loving, and living. Recommended for ages 3-6.

The Great Big Book of Families

Mary Hoffman
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 306.85 Hof)

This lovely and diverse book validates all kinds of family experiences. Each page depicts a aspect of home life, including holidays, schools, pets, feelings and family trees. The illustrations show families with a mom and dad, adoptive and foster families, families with two moms or two dads, and families with one parent. Recommended for ages 3-6.

Heather Has Two Mommies

Lesléa Newman
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 306.76 New)

Celebrate the number two with Heather! She has two arms, two legs, two pets, and two mommies! When she goes to school and a classmate asks her about her dad, Heather worries that her family is different. But when an art project shows the many kinds of families that her classmates have, Heather realizes the most important thing for a family is love. Recommended for ages 3-6.

I Am Jazz!

Jessica Herthel
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 306.768 Her)

This picturebook explores the true story of Jessica (Jazz) Herthel, who realized she was a girl in a boy's body from a very young age. With her parent's support and understanding, they let Jazz be herself. Recommended for ages 6-9.

Introducing Teddy : A Gentle Story About Gender and Friendship

Jessica Walton
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wal)

Errol's best friend and teddy, Thomas, is sad because he wishes he were a girl, not a boy teddy, but what only matters to both of them is that they are friends. Recommended for ages 3-6.

Jack and Jim

Kitty Crowther
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Cr)

Jack the blackbird and Jim the seagull become friends, but Jack is sad that the other seagulls do not seem to like him. Recommended for ages 3-6.

King and King

Linda de Haan
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 306.76 Ha)

When the queen insists that the prince get married and take over as king, the search for a suitable mate does not turn out as expected. Recommended for ages 3-6.

Monday is One Day

Arthur Levine
(Juvenile Picture Books – Ej Lev)

A rhyming countdown of the days of the week as a father and child wait for the weekend together. The illustrations show diverse families and groups with representation and a 'slice of life' attitude. Recommended for ages 3-6.

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

Christine Baldacchino
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bal)

A young boy faces adversity from classmates when he wears an orange dress at school. When classmates refuse to let Morris play in the spaceship, it sparks big emotions and stomachaches. Morris' creativity and friendliness find a solution in the end! Recommended for ages 6-9.

My Princess Boy : A Mom's Story About A Young Boy Who Loves to Dress Up

Cheryl Kilodavis
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 155.3 Kil)

A four-year-old boy loves dressing up in princess clothing. "A nonfiction picture book about acceptance ... to give children and adults a tool to talk about unconditional love and gender stereotypes. Recommended for ages 3-6.

Oliver Button is a Sissy

Tomie DePaola
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej De)

Oliver Button loves many things: Singing, dressing up, and tap dancing! He doesn't like to play sports, however, and his classmates taunt him. Oliver persists in his passions and enters a talent contest, proving to himself and his classmates that anyone can stand up for their dreams! Recommended for ages 6-9.

Paper Bag Princess

Robert Munsch
(Juvenile Picture Books – Ej Mun)

When a dragon comes along and burns all Elizabeth's clothes, smashes her castle, and kidnaps her prince, it is up to Elizabeth to recover her possessions and save her prince. But how will she achieve that and what will the prince think? Recommended for ages 3-6.

Prince and Knight

Daniel Haack
(Juvenile Picture Book - Ej Haa)

In this take of classic fairy tale style, a prince tries, but fails, to find a companion in the princesses of the land. When a dragon threatens the safety of his kingdom, he immediately goes to save the day, but gets instead is captured by the dragon. A knight in shining armor comes, and together, they defeat the dragon and find true love that is celebrated by the whole kingdom! Recommended for ages 3-6.

Red: A Crayon’s Story

Michael Hall
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Hal)

Red's factory-applied label clearly says that he is red, but despite the best efforts of his teacher, fellow crayons and art supplies, and family members, he cannot seem to do anything right until a new friend offers a fresh perspective. Recommended for ages 3-6.

Sparkle Boy

Lesléa Newman
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej New)

Younger sibling Casey wants to dress and act like his sister Jessie. Jessie isn't so fond of this, but when Casey is teased at school about his appearance, Jessie comes to the rescue and learns to celebrate Casey. Recommended for ages 3-6.

Stella Brings the Family

Miriam B. Schiffer
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sch)

As Mother's Day approaches, Stella's class is excited to throw a Mother's Day celebration. Stella, who has two dads isn't sure how to celebrate the holiday. Though her dads love and support her every day, she just doesn't have a mom to invite to the party. Fortunately, Stella finds a great solution to her party problem. Recommended for ages 6-9.

A Tale of Two Mommies

Vanita Oelschlager
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Oel)

A young boy describes to two other children how his two mommies help him with all his needs. Recommended for ages 3-6.

And Tango Makes Three

Justin Richardson
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ri)

Based on a true story of New York City Central Park Zoo's male penguins, Roy and Silo, who became inseparable and raised a young baby penguin, Tango. Recommended for ages 3-6.

This Day in June

Gayle Pitman
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Pit)

A fun and bold picture book illustrating a Pride parade that depicts people of all gender identities and sexual orientations. Note at the end serves as a primer on LGBTQ+ history and culture and explains the references made in the story. Recommended for ages 3-6.

What Riley Wore

Elana K. Arnold
(Juvenile Picture Book - Ej Arn)

Gender-creative Riley knows just what to wear for every occasion during a busy week with family and friends. Follow Riley through their week and see how their feelings and emotions inform their wardrobe choices! Recommended for ages 3-6.

William's Doll

Charlotte Zolotow
(Juvenile Picture Books – Ej Zol)

William's father gives him a basketball and a train— and though he likes those toys very much, they  do not make him want a doll any less. Recommended for ages 6-9.

Worm Loves Worm

J.J. Austrian
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Aus)

Two worms in love decide to get married, and with help from Cricket, Beetle, Spider, and the Bees they have everything they need and more, but which one will be the bride and which the groom? Recommended for ages 3-6.