Pride Books for Younger Kids

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

Books featuring LGBTQ+ characters, topics, and themes for babies-grade 2.

  • I Love My Colorful Nails

    2019 by Acosta, Alicia

    Ben likes painting his nails, until he gets teased, so Dad decides to paint his nails too.

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  • Love Makes a Family

    2018 by Beer, Sophie

    This board book for the youngest readers shows wonderful families made up of all different kinds of people.

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  • My Rainbow

    2020 by Neal, Trinity

    Based on the real-life experience of Trinity and DeShanna Neal, this story follows a mom who creates a rainbow wig for her transgender daughter.

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  • Uncle Bobby's Wedding

    2020 by Brannen, Sarah S.

    When her favorite uncle announces he is marrying his partner, Chloe is concerned that he won't have time for her anymore. (The characters in this revised edition are human; originally, they were guinea pigs.)

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  • Pride 1 2 3

    2020 by Joosten, Michael

    A joyful counting board book that celebrates a Pride parade and community.

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  • My Two Moms and Me

    2019 by Joosten, Michael

    This board book follows a family with two mothers as they have a very normal, very fun day!

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  • Papa, Daddy, & Riley

    2020 by Kirst, Seamus

    Riley is upset when a classmate tells her a family must have a mother and father, but her Papa and Daddy reassure her that it's love that makes a family.

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  • Julián Is a Mermaid

    2018 by Love, Jessica

    Julián is enchanted by three mermaids he sees on a bus in this stunning picture book. He turns himself into a mermaid with makeup and clothes, and his loving Abuela takes him to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

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  • Our Subway Baby

    2020 by Mercurio, Peter

    A true story about two dads who ended up adopting a baby one of them discovered in a subway station.

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  • This Day in June

    2014 by Pitman, Gayle E.

    An exuberant picture book illustrating a Pride parade, with notes that help dig deeper into the groups and people represented, as well as tips for discussing gender and sexuality with young children.

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  • And Tango Makes Three

    2005 by Richardson, Justin

    Inspired by events in New York's Central Park Zoo, two male penguins tend to and hatch an egg, and then share the parenting job.

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  • Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag

    2018 by Sanders, Rob

    A great biography about Harvey Milk for early readers, with wonderful illustrations and cartoons.

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  • Stella Brings the Family

    2015 by Schiffer, Miriam B.

    When Stella's class hosts a Mother's Day celebration--but her parents are two daddies--she finds a solution to the "problem."

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  • Jack (Not Jackie)

    2018 by Silverman, Erica

    Susan is disappointed when her younger sister doesn't like fairy wings, tutus, and unicorns like she does, and announces, "I am a boy!" Includes notes for further reading.

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  • Introducing Teddy: A Gentle Story about Gender and Friendship

    2016 by Walton, Jess

    Thomas, Errol's best friend and teddy, wishes to be a girl teddy rather than a boy teddy, but they decide that being friends is the most important thing.

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