Children’s GLBT Fiction
123 A Family Counting Book. Combs, B. Two Lives Pub., 2001.
A picture book for young children, aged preschool to first grade, which depicts all types of families doing everyday things, and teaches numbers at the same time.
ABC A Family Alphabet Book. Combs, B. Two Lives Pub., 2001.
A picture book for young children, aged preschool to first grade, which depicts all types of families doing everyday things, and works with the alphabet in creative ways.
All Families are Different. Gordon, S. Prometheus Books, 2000.
What does it mean to be part of a family? This book discusses a variety of family structures, exploring issues such as adoption, multiracial families, foster homes, and families headed by same-sex parents.
Asha’s Mums. Elwin, R. Women’s Press, 2000.
Asha, an African-Canadian girl whose lesbian mothers become an issue for the teacher and the curiosity of classmates, responds with clarity and assuredness that having two “mums” is no big deal — they are a family.
Best Best Colors. Hoffman, E. Redleaf Press, 1999.
Mamma Jean and Mamma Laura ask Nate what his favorite color is, but he thinks about all the beautiful colors that make up their rainbow flag. They help him realize that he does not have to have a best, best color.
Daddy’s Roommate. Wilhoite, M. Alyson Publications, 1991.
A young boy describes his father’s relationship with his roommate, Frank (they “live together, work together, eat together, sleep together. . . “), and his own relationship with these men — shopping, gardening, and enjoying the zoo, beach, movies, etc. He believes that “being gay is just one more kind of love. And love is the best kind of happiness.”
Emma and Meesha My Boy: A Two Mom Story. Considine, K. Xlibris, 2004.
This is a story about a little girl, her two moms, and her cat. The two-mom family is portrayed in a matter-of-fact way. Perfect for 2-6 year olds.
Felicia’s Favorite Story. Newman, L. Two Lives Pub., 2002.
Secure in her loving family with two women as parents, Felicia asks for her favorite bedtime story — the tale of how she became part of the family. As Felicia asks questions and fills in the blanks, her mothers playfully relate the tale of their decision to share their love by bringing her into their lives.
Heather Has Two Mommies. Newman, L. Alyson, 1989. [Reprinted 2000].
At first Heather she feels bad because she has two mothers and no father, but then she learns that there are lots of different kinds of families and the most important thing is that all the people love each other.
How My Family Came to Be –– Daddy, Papa and Me. Aldrich, A. New Family Press, 2003.
A loving story about how two gay men and a baby came together to make a family, that ultimately, is like every other family.
How Would You Feel If Your Dad Was Gay? Heron, A. Alyson Wonderland, 1991. Ages 9 – up.
Jasmine, Michael, and Noah, live with gay parents. While the third grade class is making Father’s Day cards, Jasmine tells the class that her dads are gay. Michael and Noah are teased about possibly being gay themselves. This book addresses the difficulty and pain older children feel when teased because of their parents’ sexual orientation.
Is Your Family Like Mine? Abramchik, L. Open Heart, Open Mind., 1993.
Armetha is a five-year-old girl with two moms. Armetha and her friends, all who come from different family constellations, discover that love is our common bond.
King and King. De Haan, L., and Stern N. Tricycle Press, 2002.
A prince’s mother declared that he must marry by the end of the summer. Thus began the search to find the prince’s perfect match and lo and behold… his perfect match’s name is Lee! You are cordially invited to join the merriest, most unexpected wedding of the year.
King and King & Family. De Haan, L., and Stern N. Tricycle Press, 2004.
King Lee and King Bertie are newlyweds on their journey into the noisy jungle. They are greeted by wild animal families, but they suspect that something more important awaits them in the trees. They discover that there’s no adventure more wonderful than starting a family of their own.
Lucy Goes to the Country. Kennedy, J., and Canemaker, J. Alyson Wonderland, 1998.
A gay couple and their rambunctious cat spend the weekend in the country. This story provides important lessons about different types of families, as well as meeting new friends.
Molly’s Family. Garden, N., and Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 2004.
Molly draws her family for Open School Night: Mommy, Mama Lu, and her puppy, Sam. Tommy looks at her picture and tells her that she “can’t have a mommy and a mama.” Molly’s dilemma is sensitively explored with words and art.
My Two Uncles. Vigna, J. Albert Whitman, 1995.
Elly’s upset when her grandfather refuses to invite Uncle Ned’s “friend” Phi,l to his anniversary party. A charming story that refuses to tie everything up with an overly-simple ending. Reading aloud ages 5-10/ beginning readers ages 6-10.
Oliver Button Is A Sissy. De Paola, T. Voyager Books, 1990.
Everyone at school thinks Oliver is a sissy because he likes to tap dance — someone even writes it on a wall at school! Although he loses the tap competition, he learns that who you are and what you love is what is important, not what others think of you.
One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dads. Valentine, J. Alyson Publications, 1994.
A Dr. Seuss-style rhyming story about a boy with two blue dads. Creates a friendly atmosphere for pride and acceptance while exposing the silliness of prejudice. Reading aloud, ages 3-6/beginning readers ages 4-8.
Pinky and Rex and the Bully. Howe, J. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1996.
Pinky learns the importance of identity as he defends his favorite color, pink, and his friendship with a girl, Rex, from the neighborhood bully.
Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt. Ernst, L. HarperTrophy, 1992.
Sam discovers that he enjoys quilting, but is told that he can’t join the sewing club because he’s a man. So he forms the Rosedale Men’s Quilting Club! A charming story that shows that children aren’t the only ones to sometimes be called sissies.
The Family Book. Parr, T. Megan Tingley, 2003.
Portrays all different kinds of happy families living their lives with love and humor.
The Harvey Milk Story. Krakow, K. Two Lives Pub., 2001
This biography of the first openly-gay elected city official in the U.S., introduces young readers to one of the greatest figures in modem LGBT history.
The Okay Book. Parr, T. Little, Brown, 1999.
In illustrations and brief text, this book enumerates a number of different things that are okay, such as, “It’s okay to be short” and, “It’s okay to dream big.”
The Sissy Duckling. Fierstein, H. Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2002.
Elmer is different from the other boy ducklings. They like to build forts, he prefers to bake cakes. They like to play baseball, he wants to put on the halftime show. Elmer is a great big sissy. But when his father is wounded by a hunter’s shot, Elmer proves that the biggest sissy can also be the greatest hero.
William’s Doll. Zolotow, C. HarperCollins, 1985.
Although everyone in his life seems to think he’s a “sissy,” all that William wants is a doll of his own. Then, one day, someone understands his wish. Preschool to 3rd grade.