Picture books to celebrate gender diversity

In the past few years, many outstanding picture books have been published featuring trans, nonbinary, gender nonconforming, and queer people and stories. In light of recently introduced legislation and a surge in challenges to and bans of such books, I would love to share some of my favorites here now. 

These are excellent titles for exploring gender and sparking conversation: 

It Feels Good to Be Yourself, by Theresa Thorn, illustrated by Noah Grigni  

A House for Everyone, by Jo Hirst, illustrated by Naomi Bardoff 

Pink, Blue, and You: Questions for Kids About Gender and Stereotypes, by Elise Gravel 

Except When They Don’t, by Laura Gehl, illustrated by Joshua Heinsz 

What Are Your Words?, by Katherine Locke, illustrated by Anne Passchier 

What Riley Wore, by Elana K. Arnold, illustrated by Linda Davick 

The Pronoun Book, by Cassandra Jules Corrigan, illustrated by Jem Milton 

Bodies Are Cool, by Tyler Feder 

And these titles center and celebrate trans and gender nonconforming characters: 


Calvin, by Vanessa and Ronald Ford, illustrated by Kayla Harren 

My Rainbow, by Trinity and DeShanna Neal, illustrated by Art Twink 

Julián is a Mermaid, by Jessica Love 

When Aidan Became a Brother, by Kyle Lukoff, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita 

Pride Puppy, by Robin Stevenson, illustrated by Julie McLaughlin 

Phoenix Goes to School, by Michelle and Phoenix Finch, illustrated by Sharon Davey 

And finally, here are my favorite titles in which there is incidental queer representation (there are queer characters but that fact is not a central part of the story): 

Mr. Watson’s Chickens, by Jarrett Dapier, illustrated by Andrea Tsurumi 

Bathe the Cat, by Alice B. McGinty, illustrated by David Roberts 

Mama and Mommy and Me in the Middle, by Nina LaCour, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita  

A Family is a Family is a Family, by Sara O’Leary, illustrated by Qin Leng 

I Love You Because I Love You, by Mượn Thị Văn, illustrated by Jessica Love 

My Parents Won’t Stop Talking, by Emma Hunsinger 

One comment on “Picture books to celebrate gender diversity

  1. I love this! Thanks Heights Libraries, I’m so glad to have a place in my community where everyone can be themself.

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