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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


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  • Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

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Picture Books We Love

Reading with Pride: LGBTQIA+ Friendly Picture Books

In celebration of Pride month this June, the Carle Bookshop team wanted to share our go-to recommended reading list for LGBTQIA+ friendly picture books. To make it easier to browse, we've sorted the books by broad themes of stories about inclusive families, partnered love, gender identity and self expression, and historical and biographical picture books. While we are still left wanting so many more titles - more diverse voices and especially more depictions of queer and nonbinary characters without being "issue" books -  we're grateful for the authors, illustrators and publishers who have brought us these books as a start. Please let us know your favorites in the comments below, especially if you have suggestions to add to the list!


Cover images for A Family is a Family is a Family, And Tango Makes Three, Baby's First Words, Daddy, Papa and Me, Everywhere Babies, Harriet Gets Carried Away, Heather Has Two Mommies, Home at Last

A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O’Leary, illustrated by QinLeng 

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, illustrated by Henry Cole

Baby’s First Words/Mis Primeras Palabras by Christiane Engel 

Daddy, Papa, and Me by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Carol Thompson 

Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers, illustrated by Marla Frazee 

Harriet Gets Carried Away by Jessie Sima 

Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Laura Cornell

Home at Last by Vera B. Williams, illustrated by Chris Raschka

Cover images for In Our Mothers' House, Little Pig Saves the Ship, Mommy, Mama and Me, Plenty of Hugs, Real Sisters Pretend, Stella Brings the Family


In Our Mother’s House by Patricia Polacco

Little Pig Saves the Ship by David Hyde Costello 

Mommy, Mama, and Me by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Carol Thompson 

Plenty of Hugs by Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Kate Alizadeh 

Real Sisters Pretend by Megan Dowd Lambert, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell 

Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer, illustrated by Holly Clinton-Brown




Cover images for Jerome by Heart; King & King; Prince & Knight; Maiden & Princess; Worm Loves Worm

Jerome by Heart by Thomas Scotto, illustrated by Olivier Tallec 

King & King by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland 

Maiden & Princess by Daniel Haack and Isabel Galupo, illustrated by Becca Human 

Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack, illustrated by Stevie Lewis 

Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian, illustrated by Mike Curato


Cover images for 10,000 Dresses; BunnyBear; Call Me Tree; I Am Jazz; Introducing Teddy; It Feels Good to Be Yourself; Jacob's Room to Choose; Julian is a Mermaid

10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert, illustrated by Rex Ray 

BunnyBear by Andrea J. Loney, illustrated by Carmen Saldaña 

Call Me Tree/Llamame Arbol by Maya Christina Gonzalez 

I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas 

Introducing Teddy by Jessica Walton, illustrated by Dougal MacPherson 

It Feels Good to Be Yourself by Theresa Thorn, illustrated by Noah Grigni

Jacob’s Room to Choose by Sarah and Ian Hoffman, illustrated by Chris Case 

Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

 Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress; My Princess Boy; Neither; Not Quite Narwhal; Oliver Button is a Sissy; Red; Sparkle Boy

Mary Wears What She Wants by Keith Negley 

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino, illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant 

My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis, illustrated by Suzanne DeSimone 

Neither by Airlie Anderson 

Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima 

Oliver Button is a Sissy by Tomie dePaola

Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall 

Sparkle Boy by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Maria Mola

Cover images for The Boy & The Bindi; When Aidan Became a Brother

The Boy and the Bindi by Vivek Shraya, illustrated by Rajni Perera 

When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita



Cover images for Pride; Stonewall; Queer Heroes; When You Look Out the Window; This Day in June

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Steven Salerno 

Stonewall: A Building, an Uprising, A Revolution by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Jamey Christoph 

This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Kristyna Litten 

Queer Heroes by Arabelle Sicardi, illustrated by Sarah Tanat-Jones

When You Look Out the Window by Gayle E. Pittman, illustrated by Christopher Lyles


For more suggestions for older readers and teens, check out our complete listing online here.

Huge shoutout to The Carle's 2018 Trinkett Clark Intern Chandra Boudreau, who curated The Carle's Reading Library exhibition ALL: A Look into LGBTQ Representation in Picture Books that inspired this reading list.Image of the the Progress Pride Flag, designed by Daniel Quasar in 2018 that explicitly includes Black, Brown & Trans colors as well as the traditional rainbow stripes.





by Eliza Brown

This entry was posted on Saturday, June 27th, 2020 at 9:00 am and is filed under Booklists. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.


Katherine Meincke
Sunday, June 6, 2020 - 5:52 pm
We love the book What Riley Wore by Elena K. Arnold. It's about a kid named Riley who is gender non-binary and my daughter loves it.

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