Read Proud: Picture Books about LGBTQ Families

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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh engages all of our communities in literacy and learning. Check out the titles below and ask your local librarian for more.

Daddy, Papa, and Me

A toddler enjoys a number of daily activities in the company of two loving fathers.

Home at Last

After Lester is adopted from his foster home by Daddy Albert and Daddy Rich, he can’t fall asleep in his new bed. What will it take to make Lester feel home at last.

Julián is a Mermaid

In an exuberant picture book, a glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world. While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes — and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself? Mesmerizing and full of heart, Jessica Love’s author-illustrator debut is a jubilant picture of self-love and a radiant celebration of individuality.

Love Makes a Family

Whether you have one parent, two moms, two dads, a mom and a dad, or another wonderful caregiver, there’s one thing that makes a family a family: love.

Mommy, Mama, and Me

A toddler enjoys a number of daily activities in the company of two loving mothers.

Neither

In this colorful and touching story that celebrates what makes each of us unique, a little creature that’s not quite a bird and not quite a bunny–it’s “neither”–searches for a place to fit in. In the Land of This and That, there are only two kinds: blue bunnies and yellow birds. But one day a funny green egg hatches, and a little creature that’s not quite a bird and not quite a bunny pops out. It’s neither!

Prince & Knight

In this modern fairy tale, a noble prince and a brave knight come together to defeat a terrible monster and in the process find true love in a most unexpected place.

This Day in June

A picture book illustrating a Pride parade. The end-matter serves as a primer on LGBT history and culture and explains the references made in the story.

Worm Loves Worm

Two worms in love decide to get married, and with help from Cricket, Beetle, Spider, and the bees they have everything they need and more, but which one will be the bride and which the groom?