Picture Books for Pride Month

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Uncle Bobby’s Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen.  This book is more about the jealousy and anxiety a child has when a favorite uncle is going to get married, and the fact that the uncle is marrying another man (male guinea pig actually, since all the characters are shown as guinea pigs) is simply presented without comment or controversy.

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino and Isabelle Malenfant.  A kindergarten age boy likes to wear a tangerine dress.  After being teased and excluded by the other children, he feels bad, but then he makes a painting of his dreams that gives him the courage to return to school, and in the process win over some of the other kids.

Not Every Princess by Jeffrey and Lisa Bone and Valeria Docampo. A simple rhyming depiction of boys and girls engaged in activities that don’t conform exactly to gender stereotypes.

A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager, Kristin Blackwood, and Mike Blanc.  A little girl is asked about her two daddies, and who does what.  Which dad braids your hair?  Which dad builds a treehouse?

Asha’s Mums by Rosamund Elwin, Michele Paulse, and Dawn Lee.  This book is especially lovely because it shows a family of color with two mothers, and it was the only book I found to depict non-Caucasian gays or lesbians.  It’s important for the kids to not absorb the message that only white people are gay, and that message and idea is out there in our society.  In this book, a young girl’s teacher won’t accept her field trip form because it is signed by two moms, until her mums come to school to talk to her teacher and everything works out in the end.

Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman and Laura Cornell.  A new edition of the classic groundbreaking book, and a simple story of a girl’s first day at school explaining to her new classmates that she has two mommies and no daddy.

Mom and Mum are Getting Married! by Ken Setterington and Alice Priestley.  Another lovely story about a young girl finding a way to be part of her mom and mum’s wedding, with the fact that this is a wedding of two women being presented factually with no extra emphasis.

Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah and Ian Hoffman and Chris Case.  Very similar to Morris Micklewhite, this is another story of a boy who likes to wear dresses but gets told by other children that boys don’t wear dresses.  In this tale, Jacob’s mother helps him sew a dress and his father says “it’s not what I would wear but you look great”.  He wears his new dress to school and ignores the teasing of other boys.

One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dads by Johnny Valentine and Melody Sarecky.  An effort to show that a diversity of types of dads exist and all are great, but I think the “blue dads” (and then there are green dads too) is a bit weird and too silly.

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell, and Henry Cole.  A sweet picture book based on the real story of two male penguins who reared an egg together in a zoo, this book is frequently featured on banned book lists.

In Our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco.  In classic Polacco style, this is a story brimming with appreciation for family and the coming together of generations.  This family, however, is a lesbian couple and their three internationally adopted children.  A lovely book about family and the places that will always be home.

This Day in June by Gayle Pitman and Kristyna Litten.  A vibrantly illustrated rhyming story about a Gay Pride Parade.



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