Do you remember reading picture books as a child? Maybe you snuggled in a recliner with your Grandma. Or perhaps your dad sat down on the floor and read to you. When you went to bed you may have enjoyed story time with mom. You probably had a favorite story. There was that one book that you had memorized before you learned how to read.
Maybe you can still recall the words. That’s how powerful picture books are. Stories give us our first glimpse into this big world we live in. Picture books reinforce values to children. The stories and illustrations often mirror a child’s daily life. You want your child to see themselves on the page. It is important that they can learn from picture books. It is best if your child can see a scenario just like theirs reflected on the page.
If your family differs from that of the nuclear family, you may worry that your child won’t get the same learning experience from picture books. Fortunately, there are several picture books that reflect children with families of the LGBT community.
- 10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert. This is the story of Bailey. Bailey goes to bed and dreams about dresses, but when Bailey wakes up, people say Bailey is a boy and shouldn’t be thinking about dresses. A friendship forms after Bailey meets Laurel. Together, they navigate their interests and dreams.
- And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell. This story follows a penguin family at the zoo. Two male penguins become partners and raise a penguin child together.
- The Different Dragon by Jennifer Bryan. In this story, Noah and one of his moms weave together an epic bedtime story. While Noah has two moms, the story reflects Noah and is journey of self-discovery.
- In our Mother’s House by Patricia Polacco. This is the story of Marmee, Meema and their kids. They enjoy family time together, but some people don’t like that their house has two moms and no dad. Marmee and Meema ensure their children that being different isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and that love is one of the most important things of all.
- Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian. This is the story of two worms that are in love. They plan to get married, but their other animal friends keep questioning who will wear the dress and who will wear the tuxedo. The answer is simply that it doesn’t matter because the worms love one another.
- One Dad, Two Dad, Brown Dad, Blue Dad by Johnny Valentine. This story follows Lou, who has two blue dads. When Lou’s friends ask questions, Lou explains how having two blue dads isn’t so different than other families.