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Ten Best Books For Children of LGBT Parents and LGBT Children

Updated on March 28, 2016
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Nightcat is an avid reader who loves writing reviews to spread her addictions with the masses.

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Explaining all the wonderful differences about the world we live in can sometimes be hard to do. How do you explain to a child that notices that his family is different from other families in a positive way? Even better, how do you teach children of hetero families that the parents of their friends, cousins, or classmates should be embraced?

The following books do a wonderful job of explaining these things, plus they explain to children that if they are different, that is OK too. A boy can be a princess, two kings can fall in love, a girl can rescue another princess if she likes.

All qoutes and photos courtesy of Amazon and are linked back to the source. Intro photo courtesy of Amazon, see below. I'm including videos of some of the stories being read, but if the author or publisher has a problem, please let me know and I'll remove them. I just want to get as much LGBT love as possible.

UPDATE: This lens is now featured on the 21 Niche Gifts for Someone Special Monsterboard

Update: As a gender fluid pansexual I would love to find a book perfect for little ones who can identify as either (or none of the above), although I’m currently searching, reader help is always appreciated. Yes, that’s right. Your author is naturally fabulous. And if you have wonderful asexual books you think should be added, please give me a shout out in the comments section below.

My Uncle's Wedding by Eric Ross

Erik Ross wanted to combat Proposition 8 by educating the public about same-sex couples, and his fans are raving. Through a simple tale, children learn we are all the same, even when it comes to planning a wedding.

My Uncle's Wedding
My Uncle's Wedding

Andy has a lot to do now that Uncle Steve and Andy are getting married. There are so many details that go into a wedding. Young readers follow him as he tells them all about the wedding and how excited and happy he is. They also get to see him work with everyone else to make his uncle's wedding special. A wonderful positive message for children about to take part in a gay marriage.

 

My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis

Cheryl Kilodavis combine a nonfiction book with beautiful art, to celebrate her beautiful Princess Boy. When her young son was going to start school, she was afraid like any mother would be. Would his preferring a dress lead to bullying and endanger him? This heart-warming book grew out of those fears.

My Princess Boy
My Princess Boy

I've loved this heart-warming tale for a long time. In it you meet one mother's Princess Boy. Young children learn that while he loves dresses and pretty things, he still loves playdates, his family, and friends too. A warm hug for kids who feel different because of they way they dress or the toys they choose.

 

The Different Dragon by Jennifer Bryan

Jennifer Bryan weaves a magical tale of a boy, his two moms, and of course, a very different dragon. Teaches young children not to be afraid to be different, not to judge a dragon by his scales, and of course, that families come in all shapes and sizes.

The Different Dragon
The Different Dragon

When young Noah asks for a bedtime story, he wants a frightening, nasty dragon. But as the tale progresses, he is sure he made a mistake. Is the dragon crying? So he makes friends with the dragon and together they learn we don't all have to be what others expect of us. Kind of like how kids of two moms know their mommys are perfect just the way they really are.

 

King and King by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland

Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland turn out a charming children's book on the first try. After years of boring loveless marriages presented to kids as fairy tales, it is wonderful to see a couple in love.

King and King
King and King

When the Queen wants to pass on the kingdom she DEMANDS the Prince get married. He has to politely go through many a princess until the dreamy Prince Leon shows up. Then the loving hearts unite in a magnificent wedding. A gay positive tale all children would love.

 

King and King and Family

Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland bring a long-awaited sequel to their beloved book. King Lee and King Bertie have just married and choose to take a honeymoon in a far way jungle. What they discover there might just complete their new family.

King & King & Family
King & King & Family

This charming book shows the beloved kings on a honeymoon in the jungle. While there they find a little girl who seems to need a family. A few papers later and they all live happily after.

 

10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert

Bailey is a very special girl. She dreams of a wonderful castle, filled with 10,000 dresses. Most importantly, she wishes everybody would call her a girl, even if she does have a boy's body. Children get to learn that we don't all identify with the gender we are born into, and anyone can look really fabulous in the right dress.

10,000 Dresses
10,000 Dresses

Bailey has a heartwarming story, but it isn't all skittles for her. Her family refuses to accept that sometimes wonderful people are born into your own family as a blessing. All would seem lost until Bailey meets Laurel, an older girl who accepts her for who she is.

The two make some wonderful dresses and form a strong bond that heals Bailey's broken heart with love.

 

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson amd Peter Parnell

Sometimes the best love stories are the true ones. The penguins of the NYC Central Park Zoo have many loving penguin couples raising chicks. One couple Roy and Silo, have loved one another for a long time when they decide to adopt a chick of their very own.

And Tango Makes Three
And Tango Makes Three

The moment I heard of Roy and Silo (on You Tube of all places) I fell in love. This charming couple shows kids that while their family may be different, there is nothing unusual about it. They are both doting daddys to Tango. A wonderful celebration of nature's natural diversity.

 

Mommy, Mama, and Me by Lesléa Newman

Lesléa Newman writes a gentle book that shows the day in the life of a lesbian couple and young child. A great gift for any child of lesbian parents, or one who has lesbian relatives, it shows Newman's embrace of the new generation of children's writing.

Mommy, Mama, and Me
Mommy, Mama, and Me

A book for the youngest readers, Mommy, Mamma, and Me has lots of exciting pictures and fun words that swirls around the page that kids are sure to love. Baby gets lifted up, cuddles up for a nap, has a snack, does everything any child would do. Both moms shower the child with love in this wonderful book.

 

When Leonard Lost His Spots by Monique Costa

There are very few if any positive transgender parent stories out there. Happily eagle-eyed reader Emily pointed out the tale of Leonard, Cub, and his aunts, a traditional family with a transgender dad.

When Leonard Lost His Spots
When Leonard Lost His Spots

Leonard is the kind of dad we all want, loving, caring, even adopting the orphaned Cub. He provides cub with an awesome home along with his aunties. But Leonard hates being in a male leopard's body, because he is really a beautiful lioness. I just want to hug the stuffing out of him and wish him luck on his amazing journey to being accepted as her.

You see Leonard becomes Leona. He dresses in a dress paints his nails, and joins a pride. But poor Cub just doesn't get it. So Leona takes him to meet other mommys who transformed into fabulous women.

 

The Sissy Duckling by Harvey Fierstein and Henry Cole

Elmer isn't like the other boy ducklings. He hates sports, rough play, and all the things boys "must" do to "prove" they are boys. Fierstein's hero is proud of being a sissy, and any young boy like him should be proud too.

The Sissy Duckling
The Sissy Duckling

Elmer was always different, he loved baking and soft "girly" things. He had to face bullies and torment and a dad who refused to have a sissy for a son. Heartbroken he ran away, only to return when he is needed most. I love the strong message to kids that being a sissy is super, and boys come in all shapes and sizes. As one reader suggested lets change the title to sassy. Three cheers for Elmer!

 

Uncle Bobby's Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen

Sarah S. Brannen proves what most gay men knew all along, they make super uncles! But will days of fun, seeing the stars and visiting lighthouses end when a favorite uncle marries? A wonderful way to reassure children they are still special and needed.

Uncle Bobby's Wedding
Uncle Bobby's Wedding

Chole loves her uncle Bobby so much that she worries when he and Jamie announce they are getting married. Afraid of losing her uncle, she finds out she will gain one, not loose one. There might even be cousins to play with some day.

A wonderful, heart-warming look at how families grow and change that just happen to feature the cutest characters ever.

 

Tuesday with Mommy

Phylliss DelGreco, Jaclyn Roth, and Kathryn Silverio Come together for another wonderful book. Jessie's visit to the city brings new fears. Her dinosaurs at home are soft and cuddly, but the ones in the museum are huge! Can a gal with two moms overcome her fears? Of course!

Tuesday with Mommy... and Pterodactyls
Tuesday with Mommy... and Pterodactyls

This wonderful book tackles a big concern for any parent: a child's fears. It boldly faces the myth that you have to be male to reassure and protect a child. Jessie's mom does a wonderful job helping her face her fears and to realize that different isn't a bad thing.

 

See Many of the Books Read

It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living

OK, this isn't a kid's picture book. But LGBT kids do have a hard world to live in if they are openly who they are. And you know what? That is so wrong. It does get better, and this book was written in response to a rash of suicides.

I honestly want every single person who knows a LGBT child to buy a copy NOW. They need us to show them that they are loved, and they are perfect just the way God made them. Adults could certainly read to children from this book at a level they can understand, and it will help so much to answers questions you may both have.

Please, if you know a kid, adult, teen or tween who could use it, get a copy now. We can't afford to lose one more child.

(It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living) By Savage, Dan (Author) Hardcover on 22-Mar-2011
(It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living) By Savage, Dan (Author) Hardcover on 22-Mar-2011

It is a sad thing, but kids of all ages get bullied into suicide all the time. This has to stop. We adults who care have to fight back so no more children die. They have to be taught that there is absolutely noting wrong with them, no matter what hateful people say.

For even younger children this must be terrifying. Bad enough to feel different, but we all know how cruel kids can be.Please consider putting a copy away no matter what your relationship to the child. (Or adult!)

 

It Gets Better

God Bless him for coming out and standing up. This is extremely hard to watch, but think of how much of this can be prevented by nurturing and love in childhood. I want all of my LGBT visitors to know you are loved, wanted and perfect just the way you are. Please don't ever give up, millions of rational loving human beings are here to love and support you. I love you, don't ever give up! Hugs to you, I love you. God loves you. Don't ever give up.

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      @HypnoTrance: That is one of my favorites as well, HypnoTrance. Thank you so much for visiting. :)

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      HypnoTrance 3 years ago

      One of my favourite books is "And Tango Makes Three" about two male penguins that bring up a baby penguin

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @Gypzeerose: Yes it does! One day you just accept yourself for what you are. Took a horrid, and I mean horrid fight on FB with a former friend to get me there. Long story. Thanks for the visit and kind words, hugs! :)

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      I love these books - and how you featured "It gets better." It does, you know. :) Bookmarked.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      I love these books - and how you featured "It gets better." It does, you know. :) Bookmarked.

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      Nightcat 5 years ago

      @squidoopets: Thank you so much squidoopets, I heartily agree. All the bullying and hate has to stop. We have to reach them young and teach love. Thanks for visiting! :)

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      These look like wonderful books - lens actually brought happy tears to my eyes - celebrate diversity and let's start young.

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      Nightcat 5 years ago

      @Dressage Husband: Awww, thanks so much StephenJParkin. I hoped adults and kids would see that famlies come in all shapes in sizes and learn to live in peace and love. Thanks for visiting! :)

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      Nightcat 5 years ago

      @mojoCNYartist: Thanks mojo_007. Thanks for visiting. :)

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I had no prior knowledge that there were so many of these alternative gifts. I am glad that they exist for the reason that it would be difficult to give an appropriate present without these options.

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      Dan 5 years ago from CNY

      Never knew there was such a genre in kids books. Thanx for sharing.

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      nickybutler 5 years ago

      Fantastic choices here, so happy to see a lovely selection of beautifully designed books about every kind of love! :)

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      Nightcat 5 years ago

      @poldepc lm: Thank you so very much, poldepc. :)

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      poldepc lm 5 years ago

      yes, indeed...great lens

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      Nightcat 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks so very much Emily, what an exciting book! I also found it on Amazon, but you are right about it being rare. The site is cool too and I don't mind readers checking it out. Diversity rocks! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great post! There are tons more listed www.myfamilyproducts.net, including the Brand New title (and one of the few in existence to feature a trans parent) "When Leonard Lost His Spots: A Trans Parent Tail."

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great more, there are tons more listed www.myfamilyproducts.net, including the Brand New title (and one of the few in existence to feature a trans parent) "When Leonard Lost His Spots: A Trans Parent Tail."