Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima
This story is full of love, acceptance, and rainbows. It’s a celebration of being different. Kelp was born in the sea with narwhals. But one day, he realizes he’s actually a unicorn. He isn’t sure if he belongs with the narwhals or the unicorns but ultimately realizes he doesn’t have to decide. They all accept and love Kelp for who he is.
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
This may be the original LGBTQ inclusive book. A true story about two male penguins who partner, adopt an egg, and raise their baby – Tango – together. A favorite of any preschooler who hears it!
Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian and Mike Curato
Two worms love each other and want to get married. But their friends want to know—who will wear the dress? And who will wear the tux? The answer is: it doesn't matter. Because Worm loves Worm. The Cricket says, “But that isn’t how it’s always been done.” And the answer is still: it doesn’t matter. Because Worm loves Worm. This picture book celebrates that “all you need is love”.
Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne and Max Lang
This book uses cartoon-ish animal family portraits to depict all sorts of types of families, including two dads, two moms, single parents, grandparent caregivers, etc. It provides the simple message that families come in all shapes and sizes – if you love each other, you are a family!
Our Rainbow by Little Bee Books
A simple book about the colors of the rainbow flag, that includes black and brown for diversity and inclusivity. Each page has a different illustrator and their own unique take on the meaning is visually expressed.
When We Love Someone We Sing To Them by Ernesto Javier Martinez
A beautiful, bilingual (English/Spanish) book about a boy who – along with his musician father – creates and performs a serenata for the boy he loves.
Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
This funny, sweet, and colorful book is about a crayon (a blue crayon with a red label) that finds the courage (with the help of a new friend) to be true to who they are.
Harriet Gets Carried Away by Jessie Sima
From the author and illustrator of Not Quite Narwhal comes a sweet story about a little child who loves dressing up and goes on an imaginary adventure while going to the market. There are not enough books out there that represent same sex parents, and this one has two dads. The book is not about the fact that they are same sex parents in any way, which is so refreshing to see.