Pre-K – 5th Grade Book List

Books with queer characters or themes can help young people and adults better understand the experience of queer persons. Adding these books to your classroom library or reading them with your students will often spark interesting classroom discussions.

This book list suggest age-appropriate books from a variety of perspectives.

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Mommy, Mama and Me   Leslea Newman, Carol Thompson (illustrator), Tricycle Press (2009) A board book about a typical, fun family day. (Preschool – K)

Daddy, Pappa, and Me   Leslea Newman, Carol Thompson (illustrator), Tricycle Press (2009) A board book about a typical, fun family day. (Preschool – K)

The Family Book   Todd Parr, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, (2003) A lighthearted book that celebrates different families. Comical illustrations make this book entertaining for a wide range of ages. (Preschool – 2nd grade)

It’s Okay to Be Different   Todd Parr, Little Brown Books for Young Readers (2001) A colorful, silly book that honors how we are all a little different. (Preschool- 2nd grade)

What Makes a Baby   Cory Silverberg, Fiona Smyth (illustrator) Triangle Square Press (2013) This modern, gender-neutral story explains how babies are made. (Preschool – 2nd grade)

King and King   Linda De Haan, Stern Nijland (illustrator), Tricycle Press (2001) The traditional fairy tale is turned upside down when a young prince falls in love with another prince. (Preschool – 3rd grade)

Uncle Bobby’s Wedding   Sarah S. Brannan, Putnam (2008) A young girl is anxious to maintain her special relationship with in her favorite uncle who is getting married to another man. (K – 3rd grade)

10,000 Dresses   Marcus Ewert and Rex Ray, Triangle Square, (2008) Despite family concerns, Bailey continues to dreams of dresses. With the help of a friend, Bailey’s wish comes true. (K – 5th grade)

And Tango Makes Three   Jusin Richardson and Peter Parnell, Henry Cole (illustrator), Simon & Shuster (2005) The true story of two male penguins who were given an egg to care for, raise and love. (K-5th grade)

The Harvey Milk Story   Kaarie Krakow & David Gardner, Two Lives Publishing (2002) This book tells the true story of the first openly gay elected official in the U.S. who was assassinate in 1978. (2nd -5th grade)

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