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10 Picture Books about Pride and Gender Expression

Children’s Museum of the Arts is excited to host a family-friendly Pride festival this month. The museum will be honoring the many ways families come together in the community on Sunday, June 25. Join us for performances and workshops inspired by the LGBTQ community and learn how LGBT​Q​ artists have influenced the progress of art and society throughout history.

Get ready for the festival with this list of picture books on pride and gender expression that our local librarian, Kristy Raffensberger from the NYPL branch at 66 Leroy Street, put together for us. Featuring stories about a girl with two mommies, a young boy who wishes to wear an orange dress to school, two worms who decided to get married, and more, these picture books are a great way to talk to your children about being loving and accepting of people who might be different from them.

Daddy, Papa and Me by Leslea Newman; illustrated by Carol Thompson
A toddler’s daily activities–from playing to tea time–in the company of two loving fathers.

Families, Families, Families by Suzanne Lang and Max Lang
A story presented as a series of framed portraits featuring animals in dozens of combinations that represent and celebrate all kinds of non-traditional families.

Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman; illustrated by Laura Cornell
Heather at first she feels bad because she has two mothers and no father, but then she learns that there are lots of different kinds of families and the most important thing is that all the people love each other.

I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings; illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
The story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transkids everywhere.

It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr
Cleverly delivers the important messages of acceptance, understanding and self-confidence.

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino; illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant
A young boy faces adversity from classmates when he wears an orange dress at school.

Real Sisters Pretend by Megan Dowd Lambert; illustrated by Nicole Tadgell
Two girls know in their hearts that they’re real sisters, even though others don’t always recognize this since they’re adopted and don’t look alike. Safe in the knowledge that adoption has made them “forever family,” they end their make-believe journey to come home to their two moms.

Stella Brings the Family by Miriam Baker Schiffer; illustrated by Holly Clifton Brown
Stella brings her two fathers to school to celebrate Mother’s Day.

This Day in June by Gayle Pitman; illustrated by Kristyna Litten
A picture book illustrating a Pride parade. The backmatter serves as a primer on LGBT history and culture and explains the references made in the story.

Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian; illustrated by Mike Curato
Two worms in love decide to get married, and with help from Cricket, Beetle, Spider, and the Bees they have everything they need and more, but which one will be the bride and which the groom?

This program is supported, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. 

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