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14 Books showing Queer Families (Ages 0-7)

Editorial Staff January 5, 2018

Sometimes it can be hard to find books for young kids that portray the queer families they are a part of. We’ve compiled a handy list to help! Check out the following Queer and Queer Friendly Books to add to your bookshelf. These stories all portray families where the kids have Queer parents.

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ABC: A Family Alphabet Book

Written by Bobbie Combs / Illustrated by Brian and Desiree Rappa

Have fun with the kids, moms, dads and pets in this delightful book that celebrates LGBTQ families as it teaches young children the alphabet.

 

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And Tango Makes Three

Written by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell / Illustrated by Henry Cole

In the zoo there are all kinds of animal families. But Tango’s family is not like any of the others. This illustrated children’s book fictionalizes the true story of two male penguins who become partners and raised a penguin chick in the Central Park Zoo.

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Heather Has Two Mommies

Written by Leslea Newman / Illustrated by Laura Cornell

Heather’s favourite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, two pets and two mommies. Heather is asked about her daddy at school, but she doesn’t have one! When it’s time to draw, everyone realizes there are lots of different types of families and the teacher says the most important thing in a family is love!

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In Our Mothers’ House

Written and Illustrated by Patricia Polacco

Marmee, Meema, and the kids are just like any other family on the block. In their beautiful house, they cook dinner together, they laugh together, and they dance together. But some of the other families don’t accept them. They say they are different. How can a family have two moms and no dad? But Marmee and Meema’s house is full of love. And they teach their children that different doesn’t mean wrong. And no matter how many moms or dads they have, they are everything a family is meant to be.

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King and King

Written by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland / Illustrated by Linda de Haan

Once there lived a lovelorn prince whose mother decreed that he must marry by the end of the summer. So began the search to find the prince’s perfect match and lo and behold… his name was Lee. You are cordially invited to join the merriest, most unexpected wedding of the year.

Editor’s Note: If you like this, check out the sequel “King and King and Family”

 

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Mommy, Mama and Me

Written by Lesléa Newman / Illustrated by Carol Thompson

A book that features rhythmic text and colourful illustration, telling the story of a toddler spending the day with their lesbian mommies. They play games like hide-and-seek and dress-up, but we can’t forget bath time and a goodnight kiss!

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Moondragon in the Mosque Garden

Written by El-Farouk Khaki and Troy Jackson / Illustrated by Katie Commodore

A mischievous and magical story set at a community Eid celebration, featuring two gay dads and their twins.

Editor’s note: In this story the fact that the kids have two dads is incidental to the tale.

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Rachel's Christmas Boat

Written and Illustrated by Sophie Labelle

When Lulu’s Dad tells her that she’s going to change her name to Rachel and be a lady now, Lulu has a major worry: what if Santa doesn’t find out in time to fix all the tags on Rachel’s Christmas presents? Lulu decides to take matters into her own hands and make sure that her Dad gets the lovely Christmas she deserves for being a most wonderful parent.

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Stella Brings the Family: A Tale of Two Dads on Mother’s Day

Written by Miriam B. Schiffer / Illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown

Stella's class is having a Mother's Day celebration, but what's a girl with two daddies to do? It's not that she doesn't have someone who helps her with her homework, or tucks her in at night. She just doesn't have a mom to invite to the party. Fortunately, Stella finds a unique solution to her party problem in this sweet story about love, acceptance, and the true meaning of family.

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The Different Dragon

Written by Jennifer Bryan / Illustrated by Danamarle Hosler

This bedtime story about bedtime stories shows how the wonderful curiosity and care of a little boy, with some help from one of his moms, can lead to magical and unexpected places. Join Noah and his cat, Diva, on this nighttime adventure and you too will leave with an unforgettable new dragon friend!

Editor’s note: In this story the fact that Noah has two moms is incidental to the tale.

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The Last Place You Look

Written by J Wallace Skelton, illustrated by Justin Alves.

A Jewish child celebrates Passover with their two lesbian bubbies (grandmothers) and must think creatively when the afikomen (a special piece of matzo) cannot be found.

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The New Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Mama Bear, Mommy Bear, and Baby Bear

Written and Illustrated by Beth McMurray

A classic children’s story has been remade to feature a diverse LGBT family. This one featuring a female same sex couple Mama Bear, Mommy Bear and Baby Bear.

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The New Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Papa Bear, Daddy Bear, and Baby Bear

Written and Illustrated by Beth McMurray

A classic children’s story has been remade to feature a diverse LGBT family. This one featuring a male same sex couple Papa Bear, Daddy Bear and Baby Bear.

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The Zero Dads Club

Written by Angel Adeyoha / Illustrated by Aubrey Williams

It's Father's Day craft time in Akilah and Kai's class, but they don't have dads! So, they hatch a plan to create a special club. It's for all the kids in their grade who don't have a dad, but want to celebrate other family members instead. See what they make in The Zero Dads Club!