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LGBTQ Books for the Youngest Readers


It’s never too early to read children books that speak to equality.

Last year, we wrote about some of our favorite LGBTQ picture books; these are board books, printed on heavy cardboard pages that are built to stand up to rough treatment from babies and toddlers.


A Is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
An alphabetical journey through great role models, including leaders fighting for gay rights.






Mommy, Mama, and Me and Daddy, Papa, and Me by Lesla Newman
Two sweet, simple stories of babies hanging out with their same-sex parents, from the author of the classic Heather Has Two Mommies.





Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers
Same-sex couples snuggle babies in this simple story, which doesn’t single anyone out. (And this list suggests it might be a good gateway book for less-accepting family members.)





All Families Are Special by Norma Simon
The title says it all. This book includes families with gay parents—as well as kids who are adopted, raised by grandparents, live with step-parents, and more.




Have trouble reading standard print? Many of these titles are available in formats for patrons with print disabilities.

Staff picks are chosen by NYPL staff members and are not intended to be comprehensive lists. We'd love to hear your ideas too, so leave a comment and tell us what you’d recommend. And check out our Staff Picks browse tool for more recommendations!


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