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Best LGBTQ+ Pride Books for Babies and Toddlers
September 18, 2023

Best LGBTQ+ Pride Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Best LGBTQ+ Pride Books for Babies and Toddlers

June is Pride month, a time for LGBTQIA+ families and their allies to celebrate the resilience, joy, and history makers of the queer community. It’s also a time to raise awareness of the ongoing hardships facing the queer community. Pride Month is a call to action for both members of the LGBTQIA+ community and those who love them.

LGBTQIA+ families should be celebrated year-round—because they’re your neighbors, friends, and co-workers year-round! Whether your family has two moms, two dads, a nonbinary kid, a trans uncle, or if your family is full of allies supporting the queer community, it’s important for your little one to see the community represented with pride. You may also be creating a safe and shame-free space for your own child to come out some day.

From stories about the colors of the Pride flag to examples of children thriving in their genderfluid expressions and how to ask for a person’s pronouns, here’s a list of our favorite LGBTQIA+ family books perfect for sharing with your baby or toddler.

Looking for more books about family (and all the different ways a family can look)? Check out our guide on the Best Books about Family for Babies and Toddlers.

Support LGBTQIA+ Bookstores

Each of the books on this list is linked to an independent LGBTQIA+-owned bookstore where you can find your favorite books for Pride (and lots of other great books, too!). There aren’t many LGBTQIA+ bookstores left in the US, but here’s a list of bookstores you can support and visit across the globe.

Learn what each color of the Pride flag represents and how it relates to both the queer community and to all humans in this fun and bright board book. Shaped pages will reveal the colors of the full rainbow as you read, which adds to the fun and brightness of this book.

We Are the Rainbow! the Colors of Pride (Board Book)


This beloved award-winning book tells the true story of two male penguins who’ve become mates for life and how, after feeling sad that they couldn’t have an egg like the other penguin couples, they were helped by their zookeeper to adopt an egg of their own.

And Tango Makes Three


Julián at the Wedding is the follow up to the beloved book Julián Is a Mermaid. In this book, Julián and his abuela are attending a wedding to celebrate two brides getting married. Julián is also in the wedding and meets a new friend named Marisol. The book showcases friendship, individuality and lots of love and acceptance.

Julián at the Wedding


Follow this happy family as they go about their day. From playing dress up to painting to baking a pie, their daily activities are full of love. The simple, rhythmic words make this enjoyable and understandable for even the youngest ears, and the story is a cheerful celebration of the joy of having two dads. Also check out Mommy, Mama and Me.

Daddy, Papa and Me


Heather loves the number two. She has two of everything! Two arms, two legs, two pets—even two mommies! And though her first day at school makes her aware that her family is different, she realizes that no one’s family looks like anyone else’s, and that makes her happy.

Heather Has Two Mommies


This fun counting book highlights many of the fun activities of Pride as well as the reasons we celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community. The bright and charming illustrations were created by Wednesday Holmes, a nonbinary artist who creates art in the hopes of changing minds and making a difference in the world.

Pride 1-2-3


Riley has an outfit for every day of the week: a superhero cape for the dentist office, a ballgown for a fancy family dinner and a hard hat and overalls to help Dad at the hardware store. Riley’s genderfluid expression of self is creative and inspiring, and when other kids ask if Riley is a boy or a girl, they quickly realize that it doesn’t matter—a person is a person and a friend is a friend. Keep in mind: Since this story is a representation of a nonbinary person, use gender-inclusive pronouns like the singular “they” when discussing Riley with your little one.

What Riley Wore


We love the diversity in this story that follows several families going about their day. As they eat breakfast, go to the farmer’s market and the park and play at home, dads and babies of all different styles and skin colors show their love for each other. And check out the companion book, My Two Moms and Me

My Two Dads and Me


The little one in this book loves his Uncle Leo. He also loves his Auntie Lotta, Leo’s drag persona. But when Uncle Leo has to figure out how to combine the two parts of himself, the young narrator finds a way to honor both Leo and Lotta at once. This heartwarming story celebrates the beauty and strength of drag performers and the fun of Pride parades.

Auntie Uncle: Drag Queen Hero


From Queer Eye’s own beloved Jonathan Van Ness comes the story of Peanut, a nonbinary kiddo (guinea pig) who marches to the beat of their own drum. With the loving support of friends and family, Peanut does everything their own unique way, including cutting their own hair, celebrating their birthday with pancakes instead of cake and, of course, practicing rhythmic gymnastics. This fun little tale gives a wonderful example of a nonbinary child in a supportive environment, allowing them to embrace their whole unique self.

Peanut Goes for the Gold


All of us use pronouns as soon as we can communicate. She, he, they, and xe are just some of the common pronouns used to address someone. But sometimes we don’t know which ones are right for a person. This book teaches kids (and adults) that it’s better to ask than to assume. The simple text and fun illustrations make it easy to learn how to ask and share people’s pronouns so they’re respected for who they are. This book is a perfect introduction to Pride because, in addition to rainbows, you’ll see a lot of pronoun pins and people who refuse to accept gender stereotypes.

The Pronoun Book


This trio of board books shows Pride of all kinds, including LGBTQIA+, BIPOC and people with disabilities. We love these books for their photos of real-life families, which capture babies’ attention and can help you start the conversation around what Pride means to your family.

Little Feminist Celebrating Differences Book Set - Families, Hair And How We Eat


Amber Leventry

Amber Leventry is a queer, nonbinary writer and advocate. They live in Vermont and have three kids. Amber’s writing appears in many places including The Washington Post, Romper, Grown and Flown, Longreads, The Temper and Parents.

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