Love is love is love.
If you're looking for a way to celebrate Pride Month with the littles in your life, try one of these 18 fantastic picture books that make explaining big concepts to little people a whole lot easier. (And more fun!)
They all center on themes of acceptance, tolerance, and challenging the gender stereotypes around us.
1. A Family Is a Family Is a Family
This whimsically illustrated story serves as a good reminder that all families are different—but they're all special in their own way.
2. Sparkle Boy
Casey is a little boy who loves blocks + trucks, but he also loves things that sparkle + shimmer. This heartwarming story assures little boys that it's okay to challenge gender stereotypes and just be yourself.
3. Stella Brings the Family
It's Stella's Mother's Day celebration at school—but Stella has two dads. What will she do?
4. Worm Loves Worm
Love is love is love (even if it's between two worms 😉) and should be celebrated in all its amazing forms!
5. Pink Is for Boys
Pink isn't just for girls—it's for boys, too. This thought-provoking picture book challenges gender stereotypes and assures kids that it's wonderful to enjoy what you love.
6. And Tango Makes Three
The bestselling heartwarming story of two boy penguins in the Central Park Zoo who created their own nontraditional family.
7. The Family Book
This bright, colorful picture book sends the important message that even though families may look different, they all share one important thing: love.
8. Julián Is a Mermaid
This beautifully illustrated picture book tells the story of a little boy named Julián who is inspired when he sees three women dressed as mermaids while he's riding the subway. It's a subtle but powerful story of self-exploration and self-acceptance.
9. Families, Families, Families
This fun, silly book packs a powerful message: that no matter the size or the makeup, if you love each other, you are a family!
10. Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag
The first picture book to tell the story + history of the Rainbow Pride Flag.
11. I Am Jazz
Whether they identify as transgender or not, this book about the real life experiences of Jazz Jennings, a spokesperson for transkids everywhere, is a must read.
12. Heather Has Two Mommies
This modern classic has recently been relaunched with gorgeous new illustrations for a new generation, and will help little ones to understand that not all families are made up of a mom and a dad.
13. My Princess Boy
A story about tolerance + unconditional love, this book is based on the author's son and her initial struggles to understand what he was going through.
14. Harriet Gets Carried Away
This sweet, funny story about a little girl who loves costumes (and happens to have two dads) is both fun for kids to read and a great way to normalize families with same sex parents.
15. Mommy, Mama, and Me
Children with two moms will see themselves reflected in this sweet, rhythmic story about a loving family.
16. Daddy, Papa, and Me
A companion to Mommy, Mama, and Me, this board book is perfect for families with two dads.
17. Introducing Teddy
This is a sweet story about gender identity, friendship, learning to accept a person for who they truly are.
18. Jacob's New Dress
This heartwarming, reassuring story speaks to the unique challenges of boys who don't fit the stereotypical 'norm.'
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