Emilie Buchwald once said that children are made readers on the laps of their parents. Books are a treasure trove of information, and parents know that a love of reading is something that should be cultivated in children at a very early age. Until recently, though, LGBTQI+ parents haven’t had many books at their disposal that also include an alternative view of the traditional family set-up.
Thankfully, there are a great many books available that do acknowledge families that are different, but also very much the same. If you are a parent, you might want to look into getting one of these to read to your kids.
1. And Tango Makes Three – Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Based on the true story of two male penguins at the Central Park Zoo in New York, And Tango Makes Three is a beautiful tale about how two chinstrap penguins hatched an egg and raised a baby penguin together.
2. Daddy, Papa and Me/ Mommy, Mama and Me – Lesléa Newman
These rhyming board books, released at the same time, are simple stories about families just doing everyday family things. The core message here is that a loving family is the most precious gift any child could ask for.
3. The Family Book – Todd Parr
Not all families look exactly the same. This book emphasises the differences between families without dictating what a family should look or be like.
4. The Great Big Book of Families – Mary Hoffman
Similar to The Family Book, The Great Big Book of Families also looks at all kinds of different families without fear or favour. Children will learn to accept that all families are special in their unique ways.
5. A Tale of Two Mommies/ A Tale of Two Daddies – Vanita Oelschlager
These books, about children explaining what it’s like to have two daddies or two mommies, isn’t just a delight to read, it also gives children of LGBTQI+ parents important tools to use when their friends ask them questions about their families.