2SLGBTQIA+ Picture Books

Picture books for kids highlighting 2SLGBTQIA+ stories and topics

Updated June 13, 2023
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My rainbow.
Neal, Trinity
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. Warm morning sunlight and love fill the Neal home. And on one quiet day,...
Bodies are cool.
Feder, Tyler.
This cheerful love-your-body picture book for preschoolers is an exuberant read-aloud with bright and friendly illustrations to pore over.   From the acclaimed creator of Dancing at the Pity Party and Roaring Softly, this picture book is a pure celebration of all the...
And Tango makes three.
Richardson, Justin, 1963-
And Tango Makes Three is the bestselling, heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family. 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...
When Aidan became a brother.
Lukoff, Kyle.
Stonewall Book Award, American Library Association (ALA) Charlotte Huck Award for Fiction, National Council of Teachers of English Notable Children's Book, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Rainbow Book List, American Library Association (ALA) Best...
This day in June.
Pitman, Gayle E.
Sparkle boy.
Newman, Leslea
Irma Black Award, 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. Casey loves to play with his blocks,...
Red : a crayon's story.
Hall, Michael, 1954-
A blue crayon mistakenly labeled as "red" suffers an identity crisis in this picture book by the New York Times-bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo. This funny, heartwarming, colorful picture book about finding the courage to be true to your inner self can be read on multiple...
Love makes a family.
Beer, Sophie.
This fun, inclusive board book celebrates the one thing that makes every family a family . . . and that's LOVE. Love is baking a special cake. Love is lending a helping hand. Love is reading one more book. In this exuberant board book, many different families are...
Julian is a mermaid.
Love, Jessica, 1978-
Winner of a 2019 Stonewall Book Award In an exuberant picture book, a glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world. While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women...
Morris Micklewhite and the tangerine dress.
Baldacchino, Christine, 1977-
Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. But most of all, Morris loves his classroom's dress-up center and its tangerine dress. Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. He dreams about having space adventures, paints beautiful pictures and sings the loudest...
Jacob's new dress.
Hoffman, Sarah
Jacob loves playing dress-up, when he can be anything he wants to be. Some kids at school say he can't wear "girl" clothes, but Jacob wants to wear a dress to school. Can he convince his parents to let him wear what he wants? This heartwarming story speaks to the unique challenges faced by...
The meaning of pride /
Thor, Rosiee.
A vibrant ode to the culture and achievements of the LGBTQ+ community, The Meaning of Pride, written by Rosiee Thor and illustrated by Sam Kirk, celebrates the beauty, significance, and many dimensions of the concept of Pride as celebrated by millions of people around the world! ...
My Shadow Is Purple
Scott Stuart
As featured on CNN, MSNBC, New York Post, The Daily Beast, The Washington Post, and more My Dad has a shadow that's blue as a berry, and my Mom's is as pink as a blossoming cherry. There's only those choices, a 2 or a 1. But mine is quite different, it's...
Phoenix Gets Greater
Marty Wilson-Trudeau
Phoenix loves to play with dolls and marvel at pretty fabrics. Most of all, he loves to dance--ballet, Pow Wow dancing, or just swirling and twirling around his house. Sometimes Phoenix gets picked on and he struggles with feeling different, but his mom and brother are proud of him. With their...

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