23 January 2018

Recommendations: LGBTQIA+ Picture Book Recommendations

Happy Tuesday everyone! So I wanted to do more recommendations on this blog. I read so much for my job, school, and pleasure that I'm always full of recommendations so why wouldn't share them. This week my recommendations will be focused on picture books specifically LGBTQIA+ picture books. There are a lot out there, but I'm just going to start with three. If you have any recommendations of your own leave them in the comment section below. Keep reading to find out about some awesome picture books!


Series: N/A
# of Pages: 32
Publication: November 4th, 2008
Source: Library Copy
Genre: LGBTQIA+ Picture Book
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Every night, Bailey dreams about magical dresses: dresses made of crystals and rainbows, dresses made of flowers, dresses made of windows…Unfortunately, when Bailey’s awake, no one wants to hear about these beautiful dreams. Quite the contrary: “You’re a BOY!” Mother and Father tell Bailey. “You shouldn’t be thinking about dresses at all.” Then Bailey meets Laurel, an older girl who is touched and inspired by Bailey’s imagination and courage. In friendship, the two of them begin making dresses together. And Bailey becomes the girl she always dreamed she’d be! This gorgeous picture book—a modern fairy tale about becoming the person you feel you are inside—will delight people of all ages

Why I RecommendThis book needs to be on every book shelf in every library. I haven't come across many children's books that address what it is like to be transgender, but this definitely is a good place to start. I full enjoyed the storyline as well as the illustrations. It was so hard for the main character (born as a male, but identifies as a female) to feel comfortable in his skin around his own family members and I think that that can be true in a lot of situations. It was just written in such a simple way that any child who needs an introduction to transgender aspect of lgbtqia should definitely be given the opportunity to read this book. 






Series: N/A
# of Pages: 48
Publication: April 30th, 2009
Source: Library Copy
Genre: LGBTQIA+ Picture Book
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Marmee, Meema, and the kids are just like any other family on the block. In their beautiful house, they cook dinner together, they laugh together, and they dance together. But some of the other families don't accept them. They say they are different. How can a family have two moms and no dad? But Marmee and Meema's house is full of love. And they teach their children that different doesn't mean wrong. And no matter how many moms or dads they have, they are everything a family is meant to be. Here is a true Polacco story of a family, living by their own rules, and the strength they gain by the love they feel.

Why I Recommend: Prior to reading this book I read a Patricia Polacco book that I couldn't get into. I actually really didn't like it. But this book was AMAZING. I loved that it featured two moms with three very diverse children. It was the perfect image of a family. I wasn't a fan of the artwork, but let me tell you the story was beautiful. I actually teared up at the end. If you're looking for a picture book that focuses on a family with two mommies I would definitely recommend this one. It also has a great focus on teaching kids that being different is okay.




Series: N/A
# of Pages: 32
Publication: March 24th, 2015
Source: Library Copy
Genre: Animal/LGBT Picture Book
Goodreads | Amazon
No matter your size, shape, or pedigree--if you love each other, you are a family! Moms, dads, sisters, brothers — and even Great Aunt Sue — appear in dozens of combinations, demonstrating all kinds of nontraditional families! Silly animals are cleverly depicted in framed portraits, and offer a warm celebration of family love.


Why I Recommend:This was great! I loved the exploration of all the families. The art work was amazing. It was a combination of photographs as the background and then illustrated characters in the foreground. The concept really made reading it all the more entertaining. What I loved most was the sense of humor in the book. You have to play close attention to all the characters and their facial expressions to understand! Just simply spectacular is all I can say. It was just a great way to look at all the way people can be families and it doesn't matter what it looks like as long as everyone loves each other.

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