Pride Month is an excellent opportunity for families to explore and celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQIA2S+ community. Reading together is a powerful way to introduce children to important themes such as love, acceptance, and inclusion. This curated family reading list for Pride Month includes a variety of engaging and thought-provoking books that will spark conversations and promote understanding.
- Love Makes A Family by Sophie Beer
In this beautifully illustrated book, Sophie Beer celebrates all the different combinations of families that love can create. From single parent families to families with two moms or two dads, this book shows that it does not matter what your family looks like - the only thing that makes a family a family is love!
Ages 0 - 3
- Teo’s Tutu by Maryann Jacob Macias
In this delightful story, Teo, a young boy, loves Ballet. For his first ever dance performance, he makes the most exciting decision of his life on what to wear: a tutu. Despite the disencouragement from some, Teo’s family fully supports him to be true to himself. This book celebrates self-acceptance, love, and the support of a family.
Ages 3 - 5
- Pink, Blue, and You by Elsie Gravel
Is it okay for boys to cry? Are girls strong? Can boys and girls have the same kind of toy? This picture book uses beautiful illustrations and easy-to-understand language to address the questions that challenge gender norms.
Ages 4 - 8
- Twas the Night Before the Pride by Joanna McClintick
This picture book is a homage to the Queer community and their history. Through colourful illustrations, this book describes various events in the history of the Pride movement, and how it was nationally recognized. This is a must read for anyone who is interested in the history of Pride.
Ages 4 - 8
- Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino
Morris is a little boy who loves to imagine things. He loves painting, imagines various space adventures, and is the loudest singer during circle time. Above all, Morris loves his classroom’s dress up center, and his tangerine dress. This book celebrates being different and encourages us to embrace our unique passions and be proud of who we are.
Ages 6 - 8
- Red - A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
Red has a bright red label but he cannot seem to draw anything red. As much as his teachers, parents, and friends try to help, Red just cannot be red, no matter how much hard he tries. Join Red’s journey as he discovers something amazing: He’s blue! This heartwarming read is about finding courage and expressing oneself.
Ages 4 - 8
- Stonewall: A Building, an Uprising, a Revolution by Rob Sanders
This powerful and timeless true story is a must read for anyone who wants to learn more about the history of the Pride movement. Narrated by the famous Stonewall Inn itself, this is an essential piece of Pride history.
Ages 5 - 8
- Jamie is Jamie by Afsaneh Moradian
Jamie’s new preschool has a lot of fun things to play with, from dolls to cars, and Jamie wants to play with them all. But other children are confused. Some toys are only for girls, and the others for boys, aren’t they? Jamie definitely does not think so. This book is all about being yourself and playing your own way.
Ages 0 - 4