Are any children on your holiday shopping list? Books make great gifts, and can help adults begin conversations with children about gender and sexual diversity. The GLBT Library has a wonderful selection of children’s books, but these are a few favorites you can add to your gift list or check out from the GLBT Library to read to someone special.
Introducing Teddy: A Gentle Story about Gender and Friendship by Jessica Walton tells the story of a teddy bear who’s sweet and playful but has a secret they’re afraid their friends won’t accept. When the teddy reveals their true self to their friends, they’re met with unconditional love and acceptance.
Home at Last by Vera B. Williams and Chris Raschka tells the story of a foster child who has two is adopted by two loving fathers but has difficulty making the transition to his new home. This book helps children identify feelings of loss and fear and process them in a healthy way.
Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall introduces us to a red crayon and traces (see what I did there?) its journey of self-acceptance. This crayon is different from others; its wrapper says “red,” but it draws in blue. The other crayons initially try to convince the crayon to just draw in red buy ultimately accept its beautiful blue hue.
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell introduces Roy and Silo, two male penguins who love each other, see other penguin couples’ babies, and want a chick of their own. Zookeepers see their desire to expand their family and give them an abandoned egg to love and care for.
Call Me Tree (Llámame Arbol) by Maya Christina Gonzalez tells the story of a child who admires the beauty of nature all around them and aspires to be like a tree, tall and strong. The book (written in both English and Spanish) features children of many skin tones but does not specify any character’s gender.
King & King by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland tells of a prince whose mother wants nothing more than for him to marry. She introduces him to princess after princess, but he finds that another prince captures his heart.