Talking about same-sex relationships and families with kids can sometimes be tricky, but these children's books about LGBT families can help with starting the conversation.
Children today are growing up in an increasingly diverse world. Which means that they will make friends with kids who may be a little different to them. These friends might come from a different culture or country. Or they might have a different family to theirs, living with just one parent instead of two. Or their friend might have two mums or two dads, instead of a mum and dad.
The challenge for parents is in teaching our kids to accept and respect differences in people. So we need to talk about the fact that everyone different and that's okay.
These children's books about LGBT families can help with talking about same-sex relationships and families.
Many of the sex education books for teenagers and puberty books will also talk about same-sex attraction and relationships. There are quite a few good children's books about diversity and inclusion too, that will help with emphasising that everyone is different in some way (and that's okay)
You will only find books in this list that are readily available at bookshops today.
You can find more books about different topics in the main list of Sex Education Books for Children.
And if you find this list a little overwhelming, you might want to look at the age-appropriate list of sex education books.
You’ll find more information about sex education in my Sex Education 101 page.
NOTE: Before passing any book to your child or reading the book with your child, you should read it yourself first. I might think it is a great book for a certain age child or that the information is valuable, but you may disagree. You need to choose books that reflect your values and the messages you want your child to receive.
These are some of the many children's books about LGBT families that have been written. As I find more, I will add them to this list. They are all really good books that kids can read to find reliable and accurate information about love, sex and relationships. Plus they will help prepare you too!
If you have looked at these children's books about LGBT families, you may also be interested in books on other topics too. You can find many of them listed in my sex education book review site.
I'm Cath, a sex educator living in Australia with my husband and 2 kids. I help parents to talk about sex (with less cringe and more confidence) and empower their child to make smart sexual decisions. To find a better way to talk about sex, you can join my community of parents and visit my shop for helpful resources.