Kids Books ft. Diverse Families <3

Happy Pride Month everyone!!! To kick off celebrating the many different LGBTQIA+ stories out there, I have put together a list of kids books (illustrated & board) that feature diverse families in all different forms. There are titles on this list that go over a whole bunch of different families at once as well as stories that focus on one individual family. 

For the latter, I have focused particularly on stories with queer family members. Seeing queer kids, parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, and uncles of all different races, genders, and with disabilities in these stories is incredibly powerful and something I never saw as a little kid but wish I had. I hope these books will be a positive presence on your shelves and help the kids in your life better understand their own families as well as the families in their communities.

My Family, Your Family! By Kathryn Cole, Cornelia Li (Illustrator) Cover Image

This book includes a diverse array of characters and celebrates gay parents, single parents, blended families, and other family groups rarely seen in board books.


Love Makes a Family By Sophie Beer Cover Image

This fun, inclusive board book celebrates the one thing that makes every family a family . . . and that's LOVE.


Families Can By Dan Saks, Brooke Smart (Illustrator) Cover Image

A rhyming, light-hearted celebration of the wonderful differences that make each family unique.

A family can be
Any kind of number
Maybe there's one parent
Strong like thunder


Family is: Count from 1 to 10 (Clever Family Stories) By Katya Longhi (Illustrator), Clever Publishing Cover Image

My family is everyone I love. And everyone who loves me.

Count from 1 to 10 in this delightful, heartwarming story that celebrates all the special shapes and sizes families come in! With colorful illustrations and simple text, this sweet story is the perfect read aloud for toddlers and their loved ones to share.


Things I Love about Family By Kay Widdowson (Artist) Cover Image

What do you love most about your family? In this perfect gift for children, Things I Love About Family celebrates the everyday family interactions that shows love, support and kindness.


Pride Colors By Robin Stevenson Cover Image

"Awash in messages of love and the celebration of individuality... A rare treat for both Pride Day and everyday sharing."--School Library Journal, starred review

★ A good thing comes in a small, rainbow package...A joyful, affirming, pride-filled read.--Kirkus Reviews, starred review


All Are Welcome By Alexandra Penfold, Suzanne Kaufman (Illustrator) Cover Image

Join the call for a better world with this New York Times bestselling picture book about a school where diversity and inclusion are celebrated. The perfect back-to-school read for every kid, family and classroom!

In our classroom safe and sound.
Fears are lost and hope is found.


Wonderful You By Lisa Graff, Ramona Kaulitzki (Illustrator) Cover Image

From award-winning author Lisa Graff comes a sweet and poignant picture book that celebrates the arrival of new babies!

Before you were with us, we already knew
that the thing most worth doing was waiting for you.


We Are Family By Patricia Hegarty, Ryan Wheatcroft (Illustrator) Cover Image

This engaging picture book celebrates the uniqueness and diversity of families—and no matter how different they may seem, the love that is shared is all the same.


My Friends and Me: A Celebration of Different Kinds of Families By Stephanie Stansbie, Katy Halford (Illustrator) Cover Image

Jamie has a lot of friends—a lot of friends with different kinds of families. Kate has two dads. Olivia has two moms. And Jade has her very own butler! But no matter what the families look like, the love they feel for each other is all the same.


I Love Us: A Book About Family with Mirror and Fill-in Family Tree By Clarion Books, Luisa Uribe (Illustrator) Cover Image

A celebration of all types of families and the bond that holds each one together: Love! This book includes a mirror so YOUR unique family will be reflected in the story.


Families, Families, Families! By Suzanne Lang Cover Image

No matter your size, shape, or pedigree--if you love each other, you are a family!


Moms, dads, sisters, brothers — and even Great Aunt Sue — appear in dozens of combinations, demonstrating all kinds of nontraditional families! Silly animals are cleverly depicted in framed portraits, and offer a warm celebration of family love.

From School Library Journal


All Ways Family By Noemí Fernández Selva, Cristina Losantos (Illustrator) Cover Image

Paula will soon have a little brother. Martina wonders why she only has a mom, and John remembers when he was adopted....

Families are like people: No two are alike Some kids live with their mom and dad, some kids live with two moms or two dads or just one parent. Lots of kids are adopted. Some kids know their birth parents, some do not.


A Family Is a Family Is a Family By Sara O'Leary, Qin Leng (Illustrator) Cover Image

When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways -- but the same in the one way that matters most of all.


Baby's First Words By Barefoot Books, Christiane Engel (Illustrator) Cover Image

Spend the day with a busy baby and her two dads, and learn the words for things you do and see along the way This innovative first-words book features labels for objects, actions and sound effects, as well as a fun seek-and-find element.


And Tango Makes Three (Classic Board Books) By Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell, Henry Cole (Illustrator) Cover Image

The heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family is now available in a sturdy board book edition.

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.


Julián at the Wedding By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator) Cover Image

The star of Julián Is a Mermaid makes a joyful return—and finds a new friend—at a wedding to be remembered.


Harriet Gets Carried Away By Jessie Sima, Jessie Sima (Illustrator) Cover Image

From the author and illustrator of the bestselling Not Quite Narwhal comes a sweet and funny story about remembering where you belong, no matter how far you roam, or what you’re wearing when you get there.

Harriet loves costumes. She wears them to the dentist, to the supermarket, and most importantly, to her super-special dress-up birthday party.


Grandad's Camper By Harry Woodgate Cover Image

A Stonewall Honor Book

Best Illustrated Book -- Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2022

"As warm and friendly as a kind grandparent." Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"For the hope for new adventures, and the glimpse of intergenerational kindness and understanding, this lovely book should be on every shelf."


What Are Your Words?: A Book About Pronouns By Katherine Locke, Anne Passchier (Illustrator) Cover Image

Follow Ari through their neighborhood as they try to find their words in this sweet, accessible introduction to gender-inclusive pronouns that is perfect for readers of all ages.  Whenever Ari's Uncle Lior comes to visit, they ask Ari one question: "What are your words?" Some days Ari uses she/her. Other days Ari uses he/him.


Staff Pick Badge
Worm Loves Worm By J. J. Austrian, Mike Curato (Illustrator) Cover Image

One of Time Out'“LGBTQ+ books for kids to read during Pride Month,” this irresistible picture book is a celebration of love in all its splendid forms from debut author J. J. Austrian and the acclaimed author-illustrator of Little Elliot, Big City, Mike Curato.


Plenty of Hugs By Fran Manushkin, Kate Alizadeh (Illustrator) Cover Image

Two mommies spend a sunny day with their toddler in this cozy, rhyming picture book that is a loving celebration of family.


Stella Brings the Family By Miriam B. Schiffer, Holly Clifton-Brown (Illustrator) Cover Image

Stella's class is having a Mother's Day celebration, but what's a girl with two daddies to do? It's not that she doesn't have someone who helps her with her homework, or tucks her in at night. 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.


My Mommy, My Mama, My Brother, and Me: These Are the Things We Found by the Sea By Natalie Meisner, Mathilde Cinq-Mars (Illustrator) Cover Image

And these are the things we find by the sea
My mommy, my mama, my brother, and me.

With this gentle refrain, the debut picture book from celebrated author and playwright Natalie Meisner (Double Pregnant) reflects on her own two-mom, two-son family's early days growing up in Lockeport, Nova Scotia.


Adventures with My Daddies By Gareth Peter, Garry Parsons (Illustrator) Cover Image

Set off on a series of incredible adventures with a family that has two dads!

As they read bedtime stories with their little one, the pages burst into colorful life. Together, this LGBTQ+ family battles dragons, dodges deadly dinosaurs, zooms to the moon, and explores the world in a hot air balloon, before winding down to sleep in a wonderfully cozy ending.


Papa, Daddy, & Riley By Seamus Kirst, Devon Holzwarth (Illustrator) Cover Image

ALA's 2021 Rainbow Book List Selection

NCSS-CBC 2021 Notable Social Studies Trade Book

One of Bank Street's 2021 Best Children's Books of the Year


Uncle Bobby's Wedding By Sarah S. Brannen, Lucia Soto (Illustrator) Cover Image

Chloe's favorite uncle is getting married, and she's not happy about it. But after a magical day with Uncle Bobby and his boyfriend, Jamie, Chloe realizes she's not losing an uncle, but gaining one.


My Maddy By Gayle E. Pitman, Violet Tobacco (Illustrator) Cover Image

ALA's 2021 Rainbow Book List Top Ten Title for Young Readers

Most mommies are girls. Most daddies are boys. But lots of parents are neither a boy nor a girl. Like my Maddy.

My Maddy has hazel eyes which are not brown or green. And my Maddy likes sporks because they are not quite a spoon or a fork.


Daddy & Dada By Ryan Brockington, Isaac Webster, Lauren May (By (artist)) Cover Image

Families can come in all shapes and sizes, and this heartwarming picture book affirms that no matter what your family looks like, love is the most important part!

Hi, I'm Rumi.
Some of my friends have one mom and one dad.
Some have one mom or one dad.
I have two dads. Daddy and Dada.
Daddy sings songs with me.


When Aidan Became a Brother By Kyle Lukoff, Kaylani Juanita (Illustrator) Cover Image

Stonewall Book Award Winner, American Library Association (ALA)
Rainbow List, GLBTQ Round Table, American Library Association (ALA)
Lasting Connection Title, Book Links
Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College of Education
White Raven Selection, International Youth Library
Best Books of the Year, School Library Journal


A Plan for Pops By Heather Smith, Brooke Kerrigan (Illustrator) Cover Image

A positive and realistic representation of both a wheelchair user and an elderly, interracial gay male couple. --Kirkus Reviews

A beautiful and uplifting book. --School Library Journal


I'm Not a Girl: A Transgender Story By Maddox Lyons, Jessica Verdi, Dana Simpson (Illustrator) Cover Image

Based on a true transgender identity journey, the picture book I'm Not a Girl is an empowering story from writers Maddox Lyons and Jessica Verdi about a boy who is determined to be himself, illustrated by Dana Simpson.

Nobody seems to understand that Hannah is not a girl.


Ritu Weds Chandni By Ameya Narvankar Cover Image

A Kirkus Reviews' Best Picture Book of 2020 I A 2021 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People I A 2021 ALA Rise: A Feminist Book Project's Top Ten Book I A 2021 South Asia Book Award Honor Book




Sparkle Boy By Leslea Newman, Maria Mola (Illustrator) Cover Image

Irma Black Award Finalist, Bank Street College of Education

Young Casey loves sparkly things, just like his older sister, who does not approve until an encounter with teasing bullies helps her learn to accept and respect Casey for who he is.


Auntie Uncle: Drag Queen Hero By Ellie Royce, Hannah Chambers (Illustrator) Cover Image

Told from the perspective of their adoring nephew, Auntie Uncle: Drag Queen Hero is the story of a courageous drag queen who saves the day, and brings two communities together.

The young narrator thinks it's awesome that his Uncle and his Auntie are the same person. Uncle Leo is an accountant, and is great at helping with math homework.


Two Grooms on a Cake: The Story of America's First Gay Wedding By Rob Sanders, Robbie Cathro (Illustrator) Cover Image

As seen on The TODAY Show!

"Sanders tells the tale in easy-to-understand language, sweet as the frosting on the cake. . . .


My Rainbow By DeShanna Neal, Trinity Neal, Art Twink (Illustrator) Cover Image

A dedicated mom puts love into action as she creates the perfect rainbow-colored wig for her transgender daughter, based on the real-life experience of mother-daughter advocate duo Trinity and DeShanna Neal.


Our Subway Baby By Peter Mercurio, Leo Espinosa (Illustrator) Cover Image

This gentle and incredibly poignant picture book tells the true story of how one baby found his home.

"Some babies are born into their families. Some are adopted. This is the story of how one baby found his family in the New York City subway."


Sam Is My Sister By Ashley Rhodes-Courter, MacKenzie Haley (Illustrator) Cover Image

2022 ALA Rainbow Book List


Tuesday Is Daddy's Day By Elliot Kreloff Cover Image

A charming look at the many forms a happy family can take—whether she's with Mommy at her house, or with Daddy and his partner Harry at their apartment, this little girl always knows she's loved.


Who's Your Real Mom? By Bernadette Green, Anna Zobel Cover Image

Elvi has two moms at her house, but Nicholas wants to know which one is her real mom. "They're both my mom," she says. Poignant, but written with a light and humorous touch, this beautifully illustrated story captures what lies at the heart of family life--love.


Daddy, Papa, and Me By Leslea Newman, Carol Thompson (Illustrator) Cover Image

A heartwarming board books about gay parents! A great purchase for new parents and new babies alike, and the perfect gift to show your love for daddy, pappa and more!


Mommy, Mama, and Me By Leslea Newman, Carol Thompson (Illustrator) Cover Image

A heartwarming board books about gay parents! A great purchase for new parents and new babies alike, and the perfect gift to show your love for mommy, mama and more!