Seriously, who doesn’t love picture books?! If you were lucky enough to grow up in a home with books and an adult to read them to you–unfortunately not everyone is–you probably have a favorite picture book. K’s favorites, in no particular order, were:
- The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein,
- Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton, and
- Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman
It used to be that there were very few kids that featured queer or, really, any non-normative characters. Heather Has Two Mommies was revolutionary in its time–truly groundbreaking–and still shows up on Banned Book lists regularly. While we would kill to have a copy of the original print of Heather Has Two Mommies (before they removed the artificial insemination section), there are thankfully many, many books for queer families now. The world of LGBTQ* kids’ literature is ever-expanding to include books about gay and lesbian parents, friends, children, and trans* and gender non-conforming kids. While not always readily available at your local book store, thanks to the handy dandy internet, you can have a little queer library with some disposable income and a few clicks. Here’s a round-up of queer and trans* picture book lists:
1. 40 LGBTQ-Friendly Picture Books for Ages 0-5 (Autostraddle)
2. LGBT Children’s Literature list (Goodreads)
3. Books for Kids in Gay Families (a little dated language, but a HUGE list)
4. Flamingo Rampant (not a list, but an exciting new micro press for feminist, LGBTQ-themed picture books for and about gender-independent kids and families)
Get to reading!
Here are a couple on our must-have list, if you’re looking to buy us a present or whatever–you know…
Look at that adorable sperm and egg hanging out together!
Love this concept as a way of normalizing gender nonconforming or gender-free kids!
We got this book for our niece because she likes penguins. We like them, too.
Um, obviously for the anthropomorphic guinea pigs. Duh.