The best picture books for children with LGBTQ family members

Who am I?

When my son and son-in-law were getting married back in 2010, my cousin’s four-year-old daughter Emma was excited to be their flower girl. I wanted to buy Emma a book about a flower girl to prepare her for the wedding, but I couldn’t find anything that worked for our situation, since we were having two grooms and no bride—at an otherwise traditional Jewish wedding. Then one day, my cousin called, laughing, and said “Emma said she’s afraid to come to the wedding because of the Ring BEAR!” So I needed to write this for Emmaa story where everything isn’t what the child imagines, but it’s all joyful. 


I wrote...

The Flower Girl Wore Celery

By Meryl G. Gordon, Holly Clifton-Brown (illustrator),

Book cover of The Flower Girl Wore Celery

What is my book about?

Emma can't wait for her cousin Hannah's wedding. She's going to be the flower girl. That means she'll wear a “celery” dress and walk down the aisle with the ring “bear”, leading the way for the happy bride Hannah and her groom Alex. Or at least, that's what Emma assumes. But nothing turns out to be what she is expecting. The dress isn’t made of stalks of celery, the ring bearer isn’t a bear, and Alex turns out to be another bride. In a blend of the modern and the traditional, this was the first book on the market about a lesbian Jewish wedding.

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Heather Has Two Mommies

By Lesléa Newman, Laura Cornell (illustrator),

Book cover of Heather Has Two Mommies

Why this book?

Little Heather has two eyes, two ears, two legs, two pets, and two mommies. Doesn’t everybody? Maybe not, Heather discovers on her first day at school. She also finds out that families may come in all different shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is love. This is the book I found when there weren’t any others. Originally published—bravelyin 1989 and republished most recently in 2015 with a new illustrator, this groundbreaking, very first LGBT picture book is a must-read.

Heather Has Two Mommies

By Lesléa Newman, Laura Cornell (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Heather Has Two Mommies as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

New in the UK, a rediscovered modern classic for today's generation in an updated, beautifully illustrated edition.

All but unavailable since 2009, this delightful, important modern classic is back by public demand - revitalised in an updated, beautifully illustrated new edition for young readers. Celebrated author Leslea Newman and bestselling illustrator Laura Cornell tell the story of a little girl called Heather. Heather's favourite number is two - she has two arms, two legs, two pets and two lovely mummies. But when Heather goes to school for the first time, someone asks her about her daddy ... and Heather doesn't…


Stella Brings the Family

By Miriam B. Schiffer, Holly Clifton-Brown (illustrator),

Book cover of Stella Brings the Family

Why this book?

Stella has two daddies. Who can she bring to school as her special guest for the Mother’s Day party? A classmate asks who kisses her when she is hurt. She lists Papa, Daddy, Nonna, Aunt Gloria, Uncle Bruno and Cousin Lucy. Another classmate suggests that she bring them all! And she does. Another lovely story, charmingly illustrated by the same artist who illustrated my book, about how love makes a family, this one with two dads instead of two moms.

Stella Brings the Family

By Miriam B. Schiffer, Holly Clifton-Brown (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Stella Brings the Family as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Stella's class is having a Mother's Day celebration, but what's a girl with two daddies to do? It's not that she doesn't have someone who helps her with her homework, or tucks her in at night.
Stella has her Papa and Daddy who take care of her and a whole gaggle of other loved ones who make her feel special and supported every day. She just doesn't have a mum to invite to the party. Fortunately, Stella finds a unique solution to her party problem in this sweet story about love, acceptance and the true meaning of family.

Adventures with My Daddies

By Gareth Peter, Garry Parsons (illustrator),

Book cover of Adventures with My Daddies

Why this book?

A new two-daddies book! The two dads, one Black and one white, embark on exciting and brightly illustrated adventures with their daughter through the magic of reading books. And what is their favorite story of all? The story of their daughter’s adoption! The sweet rhyming text is ideal for very young listeners.

Adventures with My Daddies

By Gareth Peter, Garry Parsons (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Adventures with My Daddies as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Mama and Mommy and Me in the Middle

By Nina Lacour, Kaylani Juanita (illustrator),

Book cover of Mama and Mommy and Me in the Middle

Why this book?

I love this beautiful new two-mommies book which features a little girl who misses a parent who is away on a work trip. That the parent happens to be one of her two moms is not at all the point, which is part of what makes this book so sweet and so relatable to any child who has ever achingly missed someone close.

Mama and Mommy and Me in the Middle

By Nina Lacour, Kaylani Juanita (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Mama and Mommy and Me in the Middle as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A little girl stays home with Mama when Mummy goes off on a work trip in this tender, inviting story that will resonate with every child who has missed a parent.
For one little girl, there's no place she'd rather be than sitting between Mama and Mummy. So when Mummy goes away on a work trip, it's tricky to find a good place at the table. As the days go by, Mama brings her to the library, they watch films, and all of them talk on the phone, but she still misses Mummy as deep as the ocean and as…


Mommy, Mama, and Me

By Lesléa Newman, Carol Thompson (illustrator),

Book cover of Mommy, Mama, and Me

Why this book?

There are two companion board books, one for little ones with two mommies and the other for little ones with two daddies, which are the perfect way for babies and toddlers to see themselves and their families in a book, just doing the ordinary things that parents do with their young children. I love how the love shines through in each illustration.

Mommy, Mama, and Me

By Lesléa Newman, Carol Thompson (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Mommy, Mama, and Me as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


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