11 LGBT-inclusive children’s books every parent needs to buy

Illustrated rainbow pride flag on a white background.

Thankfully, we’ve now reached a point in history where there are not just LGBT-friendly books for you, but also for your young children.

This World Book Day, cuddle up and enjoy these wonderful pieces of illustrated literature with the little ones.

Here are 11 LGBT children’s book we recommend.

1. This Day in June

11 LGBT-inclusive children’s books every parent needs to buy

There is no better place to start your child’s educational journey than with this joyous celebration of pride and unity.

As well as displaying all the best which the community has to offer, this book is also full of facts and advice about how to discuss sexual orientations and gender identities with children of different ages. It’s fun for everyone – and a priceless lesson for your kid.

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2. If I Had 100 Mummies

If I had 100 Mummies

Written and illustrated by the enormously talented Vanda Carter, this book sees its main character wondering what the benefits and drawbacks of having 100 mothers would be – and eventually (spoiler alert) deciding the two she has are just fine.

The normal, uninteresting aspect of the girl’s life is that she has two mothers, which is refreshing.

Carter said she created the book because “one day at bedtime, my daughter said: ‘I wish I had a hundred mummies,’” and the personal connection between author and audience shines through.

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3. And Tango Makes Three

11 LGBT-inclusive children’s books every parent needs to buy

A story about two male penguins being given an egg to sit on and protect until it hatches may seem like a simple, fictional analogy for gay adoption – but it’s based on a true story. Two chinstrap penguins, Roy and Silo, got together at New York’s Central Park Zoo, and raised an egg themselves after first trying to hatch a rock.

Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell’s story of love and acceptance topped the most challenged books in public and school libraries in the US after it was released in 2005. Scandalised parents accused the authors of promoting homosexuality and being ‘anti-family’, yet the book continues to be relevant and widely read.

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