Recommended reading (primary)

Note on reading ages: these are suggestions only, and will of course vary depending on the young people you’re working with.

And Tango makes Three 

Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell 

This book is based on the true life story of Roy and Silo, two penguins at the Central Park Zoo in New York City. One day their keeper notices the penguins attempting to hatch a rock. Why not just hatch an egg, you may ask? Perhaps because both Roy and Silo are male. Mr. Gramzay then provides them with a fertile egg and the chance to become a family.

Same-sex
parent families

King and King 

Linda de Hann and Stern Nijland 

A grouchy queen tells her son that it is time for him to get married. “Very well, Mother, I must say, though, I’ve never cared much for princesses,” he sighs. He instead falls in love with Prince Lee, and they marry.

Same-sex
relationships

Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly 

Sue Heap and Nick Sharratt 

Nick and Sue have very different tastes: Nick likes red apples, Sue prefers green pears; Nick likes orange hair, but Sue likes purple hair. The book helps children understand that, despite their different tastes, Sue and Nick still like each other.

Diversity

Julian is a Mermaid

Jessica Love 

While riding the train home with his Nana one day, Julian notices three women dressed spectacularly. Their coloured hair billows out, their dresses end in fishtails, and they fill the carriage with joy. Julian wants nothing more than to dress up just like them and become a mermaid. But he worries about what Nana will think. Julian is a Mermaid is a book about gender non-conformism, self-confidence, acceptance and being who you are.

Questioning
gender,
gender non-conformism

BAME

This is our House

Michael Rosen 

George says the cardboard house belongs to him and no one else - not girls, small people, twins, people with glasses, or people who like tunnels. But Lindy, Marly, Freddie, Charlene, Marlene, Luther, Sophie and Rasheda have other ideas! One by one each child is refused access until tables are turned and George finds how it feels to be on the receiving end.

Diversity

Are you a Boy or are you a Girl? 

Sarah Savage and Fox Fisher 

Tiny doesn’t tell other children whether they are a boy or a girl. They like to play dress-up, as both a fairy and a knight in shining armour. When they start a new school some other children struggle to understand. The book depicts how Tiny overcomes the problems they face, and help to teach children the world over that gender is something to be cherished, explored and enjoyed.

Non-binary
gender
identity,
questioning
gender

10,000 Dresses 

Marcus Ewert and Rex Ray 

Bailey dreams about magical dresses, but when Bailey is awake, no one wants to hear about these beautiful dreams. Bailey’s mum and dad tell Bailey he shouldn’t be thinking about dresses. When Bailey meets Laurel, an older girl who is touched and inspired by Bailey's imagination and courage they begin making dresses together and Bailey’s dream comes true.

Trans gender
identity

Picnic in the Park

Joe Griffiths and Tony Pilgrim 

In telling the story of Jason’s birthday picnic and his guests, children are introduced to different family types, from one and two parent families, to gay and lesbian families.

Same-sex
parent families

BAME

Dad David, Baba Chris and Me

Ed Merchant 

Ben was adopted by his gay parents when he was four years old, and they live happily together. When Ben starts school, his life is turned upside down. Children begin to tease him because he lives with two dads. Ben’s school teacher, Miss Patel, helps Ben to understand that children live in all kinds of families and what matters most is that children are loved and cared for.

Same-sex
parent families

BAME

Prince Henry

Olly Pike

Prince Henry has to find someone to marry. The story follows Henry in his fairy tale kingdom where certain laws apply when it comes to choosing who you can spend your life with. A fairytale romance intended for young readers, Prince Henry delivers a positive message of both love and equality.

Same-sex
relationships

This Day in June

Gayle E. Pitman 

This Day In June welcomes readers to experience a pride celebration and share in a day when we are all united. You can also buy a reading guide which contains facts about LGBT+ history and culture, as well as a Note to Parents and Caregivers with information on how to talk to children about sexual orientation and gender identity in age-appropriate ways.

Sexual
orientation
and gender
identity

BAME

The Pants Project

Cat Clarke 

Liv knows he was always meant to be a boy, but with his new school's terrible dress code, he can't even wear trousers: only skirts. So “Operation: Pants Project” begins! The only way for Liv to get what he wants is to go after it himself. But to Liv, this isn't just a mission to change the policy, it's a mission to change his life.

Trans gender
identity

George 

Alex Gino 

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part ... because she's a boy.

Trans gender
identity

Two Weeks with the Queen 

Morris Gleitzman 

Colin Mudford is on a quest. His brother Luke has cancer and the doctors in Australia don't seem to be able to cure him. Sent to London to stay with relatives, Colin is desperate to do something to help Luke. He wants to find the best the doctor in the world. Where better to start than by going to the top? Colin is determined to ask the Queen for her advice. Two Weeks with the Queen explores issues of illness and loss, and features a same-sex couple, one of whom is dying of AIDS.

Same-sex
relationships

HIV/AIDs

Lumberjanes 

Noelle Stevenson 

Five best friends are determined to have a great summer together - but there’s a quest and a range of supernatural creatures which want to get in the way. This graphic novel series features LGBT+ characters, and these themes are explored with increasing depth as the series goes on.

Same-sex
relationships,
trans gender
identity

Drama 

Raina Telgemeier 

Callie loves theater, and she’d love to audition for her school's production of Moon Over Mississippi, but she can’t sing. She becomes the set designer for the stage crew, and she’s determined to create a huge success on a middle-school budget. But it’s difficult with all this drama. A graphic novel featuring a diverse set of characters.

Same-sex
relationships

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