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Rainbow Reads for PreK-Grade 5

Recommended books concerning gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning identities. To find more books, try a subject search for “gay youth,” “lesbian youth,” “transsexual youth,” “transgender people,” or “gay parents” in the library catalog. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.


Picture Books (JE)


Author Title Call Number
BaldacchinoMorris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress
A young boy faces adversity from classmates when he wears an orange dress at school.
JE Baldacchino
BrannenUncle Bobby’s Wedding
Chloë is jealous when Uncle Bobby announces his wedding, until she realizes she'll soon have two uncles who love her.
JE Brannen
de HaanKing & King
When the queen insists that the prince get married, the search for a suitable mate does not turn out as expected. See also King & King & Family.
JE Haan
FiersteinThe Sissy Duckling
Elmer the duck is teased because he is different, but he proves himself by not only surviving the winter, but also saving his Papa.
JE Fierstein
GardenMolly's Family
When Molly draws a picture of her two moms for Open School Night, one of her classmates makes her feel bad.
JE Garden
HerthelI Am Jazz!
Jazz feels like a girl on the inside, though she looks like a boy on the outside; she is transgender. Based on the true story.
JE Herthel
HoffmanJacob’s New Dress
Jacob, who likes to wear dresses at home, convinces his parents to let him wear a dress to school, too.
JE Hoffman
KilodavisMy Princess Boy
A four-year-old boy loves dressing up in princess clothing.
JE Kilodavis
KushnerThe Purim Superhero
When Nate’s friend pressures him to dress as a superhero for Purim, Nate seeks guidance from his Daddy and Abba.
PURIM JE Kushner
LindenbaumMini Mia and Her Darling Uncle
Ella deals with jealous feelings when a new man named Fergus walks into her beloved Uncle Tommy’s kitchen.
JE Lindenbaum
NewmanDonovan’s Big Day
Donovan painstakingly prepares for his special role in the wedding ceremony of his two mothers.
JE Newman
OelschlagerA Tale of Two Mommies
A young boy describes how his two mommies help him with all his needs.
JE Oelschlager
PolaccoIn Our Mothers’ House
Three young children experience the joys and challenges of being raised by two mothers.
JE Polacco
PomranzMade by Raffi
A shy boy named Raffi defies other children’s teasing by knitting a masterpiece: a prince’s cape!
JE Pomranz
U'RenPugdog
When Mike discovers that his rough-and-tumble new puppy is a female, he tries to make her into a dainty dog.
JE U'Ren
VignaMy Two Uncles
Plans for Elly’s grandparents’ anniversary party are upset when Grampy refuses to invite Uncle Phil and his partner, Ned.
JE Vigna
WillhoiteDaddy's Roommate
A young boy discusses his divorced father's new living situation with his male partner.
JE Willhoite
ZolotowWilliam’s Doll
William’s father gives him a basketball and a train, but these toys do not make him want a doll any less.
JE Zolotow

Children’s Fiction (J)


Author Title Call Number
AgellThe Accidental Adventures of India McAllister
India becomes closer to her artist-mother, strengthens her friendship with a neighbor boy, and learns to accept the man for whom her father moved away. (151 pp.)
J Agell
IgnatowThe Popularity Papers
Lydia and Julie study the behavior of popular girls so that they, too, can be in the right crowd. One of the girls has two dads. (204 pp.)
J Ignatow
LevyThe Misadventures of the Family Fletcher
Two fathers, four adopted boys, and a variety of pets make their way through a school year and deal with a grumpy new neighbor. (260 pp.)
J Levy
MyracleLuv Ya Bunches
Four friends, all named after flowers, navigate the ups and downs of fifth grade. One of the friends has two moms. (335 pp.)
J Myracle

Nonfiction, Folktales & Poetry


Author Title Call Number
FieldsGay and Lesbian Parents
Information about what it’s like to have two moms or two dads, and what it's like when a parent comes out.
J306.874 FI
GreenbergZack’s Story: Growing Up with Same-Sex Parents
An eleven-year-old boy describes life as part of a family made up of himself, his mother, and her lesbian partner.
J306.874 GR
KuklinFamilies
Children from diverse families share thoughts about their families.
J306.85 KU
RichardsonAnd Tango Makes Three
At New York City’s Central Park Zoo, two male penguins start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches.
J598.47 RI
ThomasThis Is My Family: A First Look at Same-Sex Parents
Introduces children to families that have parents of the same sex.
J306.74 TH

Last Updated: 1/15

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