Rainbow Reads for PreK-Grade 2

Books addressing same-gender attraction, transgender identities, and LGBTQ+ Pride. You may also be interested in our "Gender Expression and Gender Identity" and "Rainbow Reads for Grades 3-8" lists. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Picture Books (JE)

Author Title Call Number
AustrianWorm Loves Worm
Nothing can stand in the way of Worm and Worm's wedding, because they are in love with each other.
JE Austrian
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, his search for a spouse does not go as expected. See also King & King & Family.
JE Haan
GenhartRainbow: A First Book of Pride
Children from different kinds of families demonstrate the meanings of the colors in the rainbow flag, and then come together at a Pride parade.
JE Genhart
HaackMaiden & Princess
When a maiden attends a ball for the prince, she surprises everyone by finding true love with someone else. See also Prince & Knight.
JE Haack
HerthelI Am Jazz!
Jazz shares her experiences as a young transgender girl.
JE Herthel
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
LukoffWhen Aidan Became a Brother
Aidan, a transgender boy, experiences complicated emotions as he and his parents prepare for the arrival of a new baby.
JE Lukoff
NewmanDonovan’s Big Day
Donovan painstakingly prepares for his special role in the wedding ceremony of his two mothers.
JE Newman
O'LearyA Family Is a Family Is a Family
A classroom's families are different in many ways, but they are the same in the one way that matters most of all.
JE O'Leary
OelschlagerA Tale of Two Mommies
A young boy describes how his two mommies help him with all his needs. See also A Tale of Two Daddies.
JE Oelschlager
PitmanThis Day in June
Readers are welcomed to experience the joy and unity of a Pride celebration. See also A Church for All.
JE Pitman
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.
JE Richardson
SchifferStella Brings the Family
Stella brings her two fathers to school to celebrate Mother's Day.
JE Schiffer
ScottoJerome by Heart
From sharing jokes to planning future adventures in the Himalayas, Raphael expresses his love for his friend Jerome.
JE Scotto
SilvermanJack (Not Jackie)
Susan loves her baby sister, but as Jackie grows older, Susan must accept that her sibling is a brother, Jack, instead.
JE Silverman
StevensonPride Colors
Babies and toddlers are introduced to the Pride flag and the meaning behind each color.
JE Board Book S
ThomFrom the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea
A magical gender variant child brings transformation and change to the world around them thanks to their mother's enduring love.
JE Thom

Children’s Illustrated Fiction (J Illus.)

Author Title Call Number
PolaccoIn Our Mothers’ House
Three young children experience the joys and challenges of being raised by two mothers.
J Illus. Polacco

Nonfiction, Folktales & Poetry

Author Title Call Number
PitmanSewing the Rainbow: The Story of Gilbert Baker and the Rainbow Flag
In 1970s San Francisco, a young man designs a colorful flag that will eventually become the international symbol of the gay rights movement.
J305.9 PI
SandersStonewall: A Building, an Uprising, a Revolution
The history of the Stonewall Inn and the 1969 riots which sparked the gay liberation movement in the United States.
J305.9 SA
SimonAll Kinds of Families
Multicultural and multigenerational people demonstrate what being in a family means and how all families offer each other support and love.
J306.85 SI
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
ThornIt Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity
This straightforward exploration of gender identity provides children and their caregivers with the vocabulary to discuss the topic sensitively.
J305.3 TH

Last Updated: 9/19


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