Comic books have always been a favorite reminder of one’s childhood. Fairy tales, colorful pictures, and imaginary characters are the best parts of a comic book. This article will give you a list of kid-friendly LGBTQ+ books that can be used to help educate kids.
There has been immense growth in understanding about, and increase in rights for the LGBTQ+ community. The culture is better understood at a younger age. This will also help avoid confusion and uncertainty if they grow up to belong to the community. This could help build confidence in the child open up about his / her sexuality and talk about it openly to the parent. It also helps the parent to understand their child better and build a better relationship.
The world of children’s books – both fictional and real-life characters, still lack the diversity in them. The books can pave way for kids and adults to have open conversations about the LGBTQ+ community.
Books to add your child’s reading list:
1. A family is a family:
This book is written by Sara O’Leary and illustrated by Qin Leng. Sara O’Leary, a Canadian writer, has published fiction and children’s books as well as plays. The book talks about a grandmother taking care of her grandchild, who has been raised by two dads.
It begins with a teacher asking a question on what each student thought made their family special. The main character is afraid and feels out of place, but listening to other students helps her realize that each family is different.
The book also talks about the girl having two moms and two dads, stepbrothers and sisters. She spends some days with the mother and others with her dad. And how they are a big family and she is happy about it.
The book covers a diverse variety of families and would make a good read.
2. Donovan’s Big Day:
This book is written by Leslea Newman and is illustrated by Mike Dutton.
Leslea Newman is an American author based out of New York, who has published fiction and children’s literature books also.
In Donovan’s Big Day, the author talks about Donovan’s moms are getting married and he can’t wait for the celebrations to begin. The book focuses on Donovan’s day until the wedding and the building to the excitement of the wedding.
The book makes a statement on marriage equality and mostly focuses on Donovan who is happy that his mothers are getting married.
3. Sparkle Boy:
This book is written by Leslea Newman, an author from New York and is illustrated by Maria Mola.
The book talks about a boy named Casey, who loves to play with his blocks, puzzles, and trucks. He also likes things that sparkle, shimmer, and glitter.
When Casey’s elder sister Jessie shows off her shimmery skirt, Casey wants to wear a shimmery skirt too. He also wants her glittery nails and sparkly bracelets.
Casey’s parents embrace his interest and likes, but Jessie isn’t sure about it.
It is a very sweet, heartwarming story about acceptance and freedom. It also talks about respecting all genders of society.
4. From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea:-
This book is written by Kai Cheng Thom, and illustrated by Wai -Yant and Kai Yun Ching. The author is a writer, performance artist from Toronto.
The book talks about a magical time between the night and the day, a little child is born. The child can change into any shape they want. The problem is they can’t decide what to be.
At school, the child would have trouble finding friends because of what the child really is. But it finds comfort in the arms of the loving mother.
This beautifully imagined book about gender, identity, and acceptance, a mother’s love for a child is shown as a home of belonging. The child gets to be what it wants to be with the mother.
5. Prince & Knight:
A fairy-tale with a twist that breaks the notion of an age-old storyline of a princess waiting for a prince to fall in love and save her from all the misery. If the title doesn’t let out the secret already, it is a love story between a prince and a knight.
It is a very colorful and entertaining tale exploring acceptance, sexuality and true love.
6. Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk & the Rainbow Flag:
This book is written by Rob Sanders and is illustrated by Steven Salerno.
The book talks about a true story, that is empowering, and helps young readers trace the evolution of the pride flag. Tracing from 1978, with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker, and how the world is today.
It is a story of love, hope, equality, and pride. The book talks about the history of the global symbol of equality and inclusion. A book which would help the youngsters learn about the story behind the rainbow flag.
7. The Boy and the Bindi:
Vivek Shraya, the author, is an artist who crosses boundaries of music, visual art and film. It is illustrated by Rajni Perera.
The book talks about a young boy who is fascinated by his mother’s bindi and is curious to know about its significance. The boy then wants to wear a bindi and describes his experience after wearing one.
The book touches upon identity, gender, gendered-clothing, and the harmless reality of gender-performance.
The perks of a children’s book are its simplicity in delivery and the readability. It also throws light on how one would struggle in understanding their own sexuality and facing society. Books like these will also help children understand and accept the LGBTQ+ community better since they begin at an earlier stage. It also makes society a gender-unbiased place for a better tomorrow.