Picture books that celebrate LGBT+ families

The family book

It's so important that little ones grow up and see their type of family set-up reflected in the books you share with them. Sadly, for many same-sex parents and carers, these kind of picture books can be tricky to find. 

Well, look no further: we've pulled together a list of our favourite children's books that show – and celebrate – diverse families. They're also brilliant, fun reads that you'll really love sharing with your child.

Perfect for babies all the way up to aged five.  

  • Out of the Blue

    Author: Robert Tregoning Illustrator: Stef Murphy

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Out of the Blue

    Author: Robert Tregoning Illustrator: Stef Murphy

    Interest level: 4-5

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    In a world where everything has to be blue, what happens if you like yellow? A joyous celebration of being individual.


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  • Violet’s Tempest

    Author: Ian Eagleton Illustrator: Clara Anganuzzi

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  • Violet’s Tempest

    Author: Ian Eagleton Illustrator: Clara Anganuzzi

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    Violet’s class are preparing for their school play – Shakespeare’s The Tempest. While her classmates buzz with excitement, she beg…

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  • Grandad’s Camper

    Author: Harry Woodgate

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Grandad’s Camper

    Author: Harry Woodgate

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 6+

    A little girl helps her grandfather move on from his grief and look forward to fresh adventures. A poignant tale that acknowledges…

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  • My Mums Love Me

    Author: Anna Membrino Illustrator: Joy Hwang Ruiz

    Interest level: 2-3

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  • My Mums Love Me

    Author: Anna Membrino Illustrator: Joy Hwang Ruiz

    Interest level: 2-3

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    This adorable picture book with warm toned illustrations celebrates the daily routine of a baby and the fun that can be had all da…

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  • The Spectacular Suit

    Author: Kat Patrick Illustrator: Hayley Wells

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • The Spectacular Suit

    Author: Kat Patrick Illustrator: Hayley Wells

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 6+

    This is an empowering and reassuring story of a child who (possibly) feels that she doesn’t fit into a traditional gender role, an…

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  • My Daddies!

    Author: Gareth Peter Illustrator: Garry Parsons

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • My Daddies!

    Author: Gareth Peter Illustrator: Garry Parsons

    Interest level: 4-5

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    This rhyming picture book celebrating same sex parents is a gentle and sweet read, with the added bonus of including mention of a …

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  • Forever Star

    Author: Gareth Peter and Judi Abbot

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Forever Star

    Author: Gareth Peter and Judi Abbot

    Interest level: 3-5

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    This sweet rhyming tale about a same-sex couple adopting a child is a lovely read for any family, but perhaps particularly ones wi…

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  • The Best Mum

    Author: Penny Harrison Illustrator: Sharon Davey

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • The Best Mum

    Author: Penny Harrison Illustrator: Sharon Davey

    Interest level: 3-5

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    Funny and silly with lots of brilliant detail in the illustrations by Sharon Davey, this is a celebration of all different kinds o…

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  • Uncle Bobby's Wedding

    Author: Sarah S Brannen & Lucia Soto

    Interest level: 4-7

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  • Uncle Bobby's Wedding

    Author: Sarah S Brannen & Lucia Soto

    Interest level: 4-7

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    This huggable treat of a book is a gorgeous and heartfelt celebration of weddings, as Chloe learns that just because her Uncle Bob…

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  • Who's Your Real Mum?

    Author: Bernadette Green Illustrator: Anna Zobel

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Who's Your Real Mum?

    Author: Bernadette Green Illustrator: Anna Zobel

    Interest level: 4-5

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    This warm, imaginative picture book has a clear message that, with same sex parents, both mums or dads are childrens’ “real” paren…

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  • The Pirate Mums

    Author: Jodie Lancet-Grant Illustrator: Lydia Corry

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • The Pirate Mums

    Author: Jodie Lancet-Grant Illustrator: Lydia Corry

    Interest level: 4-5

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    This brilliantly fun story about a day out gone awry - and two seriously committed pirate mums - is a lovely book to read aloud, w…

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  • And Tango Makes Three

    Author: Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell Illustrator: Henry Cole

    Interest level: 3-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • And Tango Makes Three

    Author: Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell Illustrator: Henry Cole

    Interest level: 3-7

    Reading age: 5+

    Roy and Silo are two boy penguins who live in the zoo in New York's Central Park. This is a really delightful story and the messag…

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  • Baby's First Words

    Author: Tessa Strickland and Kate DePalma Illustrator: Christiane Engel

    Interest level: 0-3

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  • Baby's First Words

    Author: Tessa Strickland and Kate DePalma Illustrator: Christiane Engel

    Interest level: 0-3

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    Designed by a child development expert so it supports the way babies naturally learn language, this book is full of warm colours a…

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  • Made By Raffi

    Author: Craig Pomranz Illustrator: Margaret Chamberlain

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Made By Raffi

    Author: Craig Pomranz Illustrator: Margaret Chamberlain

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 5+

    A delightful and gently revolutionary picture book that challenges our absurd notions about what constitutes 'normal' or 'appropri…

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  • Everywhere Babies

    Author: Susan Meyers Illustrator: Marla Frazee

    Interest level: 0-3

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  • Everywhere Babies

    Author: Susan Meyers Illustrator: Marla Frazee

    Interest level: 0-3

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    This gorgeous board book follows all sorts of babies – 'small babies, tall babies, winter and spring babies' – over the cours…

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  • Mommy, Mama and Me

    Author: Leslea Newman Illustrator: Carol Thompson

    Interest level: 0-3

    Reading age: N/A

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  • Mommy, Mama and Me

    Author: Leslea Newman Illustrator: Carol Thompson

    Interest level: 0-3

    Reading age: N/A

    What a treat: a warm and adorably illustrated board book about a loving family which just happens to have two mums in it. There's …

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  • The Family Book

    Author: Todd Parr

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5-8

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  • The Family Book

    Author: Todd Parr

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5-8

    A joyous picture book about the importance of family and all the strength it can give you, this celebrates family in all its wonde…

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  • Under the Love Umbrella

    Author: Davina Bell Illustrator: Allison Colpoys

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Under the Love Umbrella

    Author: Davina Bell Illustrator: Allison Colpoys

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

    Bright, expressive and featuring joyfully diverse illustration throughout, Under the Love Umbrella provides poetic reassurance tha…

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  • We Are Family

    Author: Patricia Hegarty Illustrator: Ryan Wheatcroft

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • We Are Family

    Author: Patricia Hegarty Illustrator: Ryan Wheatcroft

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

    On each double-page spread of this vibrant, lovely book, families show the different ways they experience a variety of common expe…

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