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Best LGBTQ Books for Kids to Read During Pride Month
June 8, 2022
LGBTQ history is often missing from the school curriculum. That’s starting to change as states like California mandate its inclusion. But wherever you are and whatever grade you teach, you can make sure it’s part of your curriculum. This list of the best LGBTQ books for kids is a great place to start—both during Pride month and throughout the school year.
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1. Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart
A lovely choice for young children, this book describes the meaning behind each colorful stripe of the rainbow flag. Did you know that orange stands for healing?
4. When You Look Out the Window: How Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin Built a Community by Gayle E. Pitman
Looking for more LGBTQ books for kids by Gayle E. Pitman? Here’s another gem that introduces children to renowned LGBTQ activists and lesbian couple Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin. Watch as Phyllis and Del transform their community and fight for change across the country.
5. Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders
For an introduction to LGBTQ heroes, look no further than this children’s book from Rob Sanders, which tells the remarkable and moving story of social activist Harvey Milk and his collaboration with Gilbert Baker to create a symbol of equality of inclusion.
6. Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution. by Rob Sanders
Also by author Sanders, this picture book is narrated by the Stonewall Inn, the location of a raid that would spark an uprising that marked the beginning of the gay liberation movement in the United States.
With its engaging format, this book is an excellent choice for older elementary students. They’ll learn about key people and events in the fight for equal rights, as well as the challenges the movement faces to this day.
10. Gay & Lesbian History for Kids: The Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights by Jerome Pohlen
Share this book lest your students think the fight for LGBTQ rights is only a recent development. They’ll love the engaging personal stories, and you’ll love the included activities that help bring history to life.
12. Our Gay History in Fifty States by Zaylore Stout
Author Stout went on a cross-country trip to create this state-by-state account of significant people and places in LGBTQ history with the message that LGBTQ history is American history. This is a nice choice for middle school.
13. Troublemaker for Justice: The Story of Bayard Rustin, the Man Behind the March on Washington by Jacqueline Houtman
A major player in the Civil Rights Movement, Bayard Rustin’s contributions are missing from most history books, in large part because he was gay. A terrific biography for middle to high school students.