Ten Best Books For Children of LGBT Parents and LGBT Children
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 LeslÃ©a Newman
LeslÃ©a 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
- Preventing Suicide Among LGBTQ Youth | The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.
- Bullying Prevention
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An interactive, creative and relevant bullying prevention web site created for and by kidss to raise awareness of bullying prevention in elementary schools for individuals and in schools, organizations, and communities.
- Understanding Your Gay Teen - FamilyEducation.com
Here are some facts and resources that may help if you believe your child might be gay.
- It Gets Better Project | Give hope to LGBT youth
Many LGBT youth can't picture what their lives might be like as openly gay