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Books in this category include stories about kinds of families and activities that families do, such as celebrating holidays, adopting children and communicating across generations.
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LGBT Families & Friends
1.   1-2-3 A Family Counting Book
Bobbie Combs (Author), Danamarie Hosler (Illustrator)
This book introduces numbers one through twenty while also introducing same-sex headed families and racial diversity to young children.
[Grade Level: Pre-K]
2.   ABC: A Family Alphabet Book
Bobbie Combs (Author), Desiree Keane (Illustrator), Brian Rappa (Illustrator)
This book teaches the alphabet to young children while exposing them to different and diverse kinds of families and people.
[Grade Level: Pre-K]
3.   All Families Are Different
Sol Gordon (Author), Vivien Cohen (Illustrator)
This nonfiction picture book reassures students that there is no such thing as "normal" when it comes to families, and that family differences should be celebrated. The author touches upon a wide range of family differences and issues including adoption, multiracial families, foster care, religion and same sex headed families.
[Grade Level: 2 - 6]
4.   Am I Blue? Coming Out From the Silence
Marion Dane Bauer (Editor), Beck Underwood (Illustrator)
A collection of sixteen short stories about gay adolescent experiences and process of sexual orientation awareness.
[Grade Level: 6 & Up]
5.   And Tango Makes Three
Justin Richardson (Author), Peter Parnell (Author), Henry Cole (Illustrator)
Based on a true-life penguin family living in New York City's Central Park Zoo, this is the story of Roy and Silo, two male penguins that cuddle and share a nest like the other penguin couples. When all the others start hatching eggs, they want to be parents, too, and bring an egg-shaped rock back to their nest to care for. A watchful zookeeper decides they deserve a chance at having their own family and gives them an egg in need of nurturing. A daughter, Tango, arrives soon after and the three can still be seen at the zoo today.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
6.   Antonio's Card/La Tarjeta de Antonio
Rigoberto Gonzalez (Author), Cecilia Conception Alvarez (Illustrator)
Mother's Day is coming soon, and Antonio is excited to make cards for both his mother and her partner, Leslie. But he's not sure what to do when his classmates make fun of Leslie, an artist, who towers over everyone and wears paint-splattered overalls. As Mother's Day approaches, Antonio must choose whether - or how - to express his connection to both of the special women in his life.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
7.   Asha's Mums
Rosamund Elwin (Author), Michele Paulse (Author), Dawn Lee (Illustrator)
Asha is an African-Canadian girl who has two Mums. Her teacher is bothered by this but her classmates assure her that having two Mums is no big deal because they are a family.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
8.   Belinda's Bouquet
Leslea Newman (Author), Michael Willhoite (Illustrator)
In this story, Belinda is taught to accept her weight and Daniel is taught to accept his two mothers. They realize that everyone and every family is different, like a garden of flowers.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
9.   Best Best Colors
Eric Hoffman (Author), Eida de La Vega (Adapter), Celeste Henriquez (Illustrator)
This book teaches children about all different types of family structures. "Best Best Colors" describes an African American child and his life with his two mothers.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
10.   Daddy's Roommate
Written by
Michael Willhoite
A young boy’s divorced father now lives with his boyfriend. He discusses how his father and his new roommate share life with one another.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
11.   Daddy's Wedding
Written by
Michael Willhoite
In this sequel to “Daddy’s Roommate”, Nick is asked to be the best man at his father’s and Frank’s wedding. In this story, Nick talks about the gathering of family and friends, the food and the ceremony.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
12.   Felicia's Favorite Story
Leslea Newman (Author), Adriana Romo (Illustrator)
Felicia’s favorite bedtime story is about how she was adopted by her two mothers from Guatemala.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
13.   Heather Has Two Mommies
Leslea Newman (Author), Diana Souza (Illustrator)
Heather feels bad in her playgroup because she is the only one with two mommies. She comes to realize that the only thing that is important is that a family loves eachother.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
14.   How My Family Came to Be - Daddy, Papa and Me
Andrew R. Aldrich (Author), Mike Motz (Illustrator)
Features a young African-American boy who tells the story of how he was adopted by his two gay fathers when his birth mother became too sick to care for him. He describes his life with his parents, his grandmother, his friends, his teacher, and all the other people who love him and make his life special.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
15.   King and King
Linda de Haan (Author), Stern Nijland (Author)
The queen of a small, unnamed country presses her son to take a wife so that she can retire. The prince, who "never cared much for princesses," caves in and agrees to wed, but none of the potential spouses appeal to him, until Princess Madeleine shows up and the prince falls in love with her brother, Prince Lee. A "very special" wedding ensues and everyone lives happily ever after.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
16.   King and King and Family
Stern Nijland (Author), Linda de Haan (Author)
by Linda de Haan, Stern Nijland In this sequel to King & King—in which lonely Prince Bertie rejects five fairy-tale princesses and marries a handsome prince—newlywed Kings Bertie and Lee go on a tropical honeymoon. Enamored by the animal families they see in the jungle, they wish for a little one of their own. Before long, they have a strange feeling that something is following them and, upon returning home, they discover a stowaway in their suitcase—a young girl from the jungle, whom they joyfully adopt.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
17.   Milly, Molly and Different Dads
Gill Pittar (Author), Cris Morrell (Illustrator)
The children of Ms. Blythe's class take turns describing their fathers. Elizabeth has two dads, Harry's dad is in the army, Meg's dad is blind and George has Uncle Stan instead of a dad. Sophie contributes that her dad is deaf. The teacher explains to the class that all dads and families are different.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
18.   Mom and Mum are Getting Married
Ken Setterington (Author), Alice Priestley (Illustrator)
When Rosie’s two moms tell her about their decision to get married, she is disappointed that the small celebration planned will not afford her the opportunity to be a bridesmaid or flower girl. Rosie finds another option—she and her brother will carry the rings—and a happy wedding ensues. Marriage of same-sex couples is normalized and celebrated in this story without the issue ever being explicitly raised as contentious or a matter of right and wrong.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
19.   One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dads
Johnny Valentine (Author), Melody Sarecky (Illustrator)
Two children, one with blue dads and one from a more traditional family, compare their fathers and realize that they aren’t so different after all.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
20.   The Different Dragon
Jennifer Bryan (Author), Danamarie Hosler (Illustrator)
Young Noah and his mom create a bedtime story with a fierce and ferocious dragon. As the story progresses, it turns out that the dragon is upset because he just can't be terrifying anymore, so Noah befriends the dragon and shows him that it's okay for him to be different. Noah has two mothers, who are presented as a normal part of his life, and not the central focus of the tale. A lesson plan for teachers to use this story in class is available at
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
21.   The Misfits
James Howe (Author), Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)
Four best friends are trying to survive the seventh grade as they are teased about their weight, height, intelligence, and sexual orientation/gender expression. These four friends decide to fight back by running for student coucil and creating a platform aimed at wiping out name-calling of all kinds.
[Grade Level: 5 & Up]
22.   Two Moms, the Zark, and Me
Written by
Johnny Valentine
A boy is brought to the zoo by his two moms, where he meets a Zark. This Dinosaur defends and preaches acceptance of their family arrangement.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
23.   Uncle What-Is-It Is Coming To Visit!!
Written by
Michael Willhoite
A brother and sister learn that their gay uncle is coming to visit. Their friends explain to them what “gay” means, through stereotyping before their mother could explain the true meaning, but when their uncle arrives they realize that what their friends had told them were false.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
24.   What if Someone I Know Is Gay?: Answers to Questions about Gay and Lesbian People
Eric Marcus (Author), Jane O'Connor (Editor)
This book offers straightforward and concise answers for kids who have questions concerning homosexuality. This book also provides suggestions for adults who are faced with questions that leave them struggling for the right thing to say.
[Grade Level: 5 & Up]
25.   Who's in a Family
Robert Skutch (Author), Laura Nienhaus (Illustrator)
Family structures, both human and animal, are discussed and pictured.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
26.   Zack's Story: Growing Up With Same-Sex Parents
Keith Elliot Greenberg (Author), Carol Halebian (Illustrator)
An eleven-year old boy, Zack, describes his life with his lesbian mother and his “second mother.” Zack mentions how he deals with uncomfortable situations, such as when people make mean comments about gays.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
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