Growing Reader


9 Great LGBTQ Books for Kids

by Denise Schipani

Once was, parents who were gay or who were raising gay or transgendered children had a hard time finding their family’s faces and feelings in the pages of children’s books. No more. Ever since Heather Has Two Mommies appeared on shelves in 1989, more books, geared to everyone from the youngest tots to questioning tweens and teens (not to mention to their parents), are filling the gap and helping families grow in understanding.

And of course, these books aren’t just for families with a direct connection to LGBTQ issues; everyone can use their messages of unconditional love and acceptance. One excellent reference is Rainbow Family Collections: Selecting and Using Children’s Books with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Content, by Jamie Campbell Naidoo, which lists hundreds of books featuring lesbian, gay, transgendered, and queer content. After that, the genre is wide open, with this list just a sliver of what’s out there.