Do you recall reading any books as a young child that served as a mirror, closely reflecting your own identity or that of your family and culture?
Culturally relevant books represent different identities, cultures, and life experiences and encourage readers to accept and appreciate themselves and others.
LGBTQ+ inclusive books help children see themselves and their loved ones in the characters and stories they read, or share in experiences that are different from their own.
Selecting LGBTQ+ books appropriate for your child's age will help you and your child explore rich literature that honors all of the wonderful ways we love and identify.
🧸 Preschool Age (0 - 4 yrs)
Reading with your preschool age child helps foster a love of reading while helping your child develop understanding of the world around us.
LGBTQ+ affirming books appropriate for your preschooler include those that:
reflect and honor various types of families
value self-expression and exploration
respect diverse experiences and interests
Some books to explore include:
🧩 Early Elementary Age (5-8 yrs)
Younger school age children begin exploring books they can read on their own about topics that pique their interest or curiosity.
Children in this age group may develop interest in:
gender expression including clothing and activity choices
family origins and experiences including their own or of loved ones
Some books to consider that help introduce gender identity and share LGBTQ family experiences include:
🎒 Late Elementary Age (9-11 yrs)
By late elementary, children choose books with stories and characters they identify with and non-fiction topics they want to learn more about.
Older children may show interest in:
Stories with LGBTQ+ characters of similar age (10-13 years) emphasizing friendship and relationships
LGBTQ+ relevant non-fiction topics, such as historical events or people
Books that explore LGBTQ+ characters or significant events and people include:
📖 Scenario: Sam Goes Book Shopping for Ava
Sam is shopping with 8-year-old niece, Ava, who has two dads and has grown curious about the origins of their special family. Sam takes Ava to a local bookstore during Pride Month, where many LGBTQ+ inclusive books are on display.
Here are some books Sam is considering buying for Ava:
Which of these books would be appropriate for Ava's age and interests?
Congratulations! You're ready to explore great LGBTQ+ picture books while keeping age-appropriateness for your child in mind.
Here are some things you can do when searching for books:
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