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Our Top Toddler Books Celebrating Gay Families

Let’s talk about representation. In today’s turbulent and sometimes intolerant culture, it’s more important than ever for our kids to see themselves represented in the media they consume, whether they’re a boy, a girl, gay, black, Hispanic or any other minority or cultural group.



Let’s talk about representation. In today’s turbulent and sometimes intolerant culture, it’s more important than ever for our kids to see themselves represented in the media they consume, whether they’re a boy, a girl, gay, black, Hispanic or any other minority or cultural group.


Just look at the success of Black Panther. It’s partly because so many young black kids were thrilled to see themselves proudly represented and celebrated in the film that it did so well, and the fact that it was also just a great movie.


When it comes to our own family, our son is biracial and he’s obviously being raised by two gay men. It’s important to us that he see himself represented in the books he reads, and that he sees that his family represented, as well. He knows he has two dads, and we want to reinforce the fact that that is completely healthy and normal in the books he reads, too. To that end, here are some of the top books for children of gay families, that celebrate us and showcase how we are unique, and how we are much like other more traditional families in some ways, too.


Daddy, Papa, and Me

Daddy, Papa, and Me, by Lesléa Newman is a fantastic book for toddlers of gay parents. It’s easily accessible, entertaining and has a comfortable rhythm to it that Ander loves. Like all great toddler books, it’s simple, but effective in its messaging—from having a tea party to getting tucked in at night, it’s all the more fun as a family. (For lesbian parents, Newman also wrote a book titled Mommy, Mama, and Me.)




Two Dads: A book about adoption

Two Dads, by Carolyn Robertson also does a good job setting the scene that though a family with two dads might have come together in a somewhat unique way, that family can be just as “normal” or ordinary, as a more traditional family. Using playful rhymes, Two Dads is a fun read for parents and toddlers alike.





And Tango Makes Three

And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell is a classic book about two male penguins in love and their desire to have a family, like the other male and female penguin couples at the zoo. Toddlers (Ander included) often love animals, so having this family story told through the eyes of two male penguins is a unique way to reinforce the fact that families come in all shapes and colors.


Donovan’s Big Day

Donovan’s Big Day, by Lesléa Newman tells the story of a young boy named Donovan, who has some very important tasks to tackle throughout his day. As the story progresses and the reader follows Donovan through his morning, they learn that more than just feeding his dog and other jobs, he has to keep a small satin box safe because his mommies are getting married! It’s a fun way to look at marriage through the eyes of a young child and on repeat readings, toddlers love to anticipate or remember what Donovan will do next!



The Family Book

The Family Book, by Todd Parr, while not specifically geared toward gay families, celebrates the fact that all families are different, and that’s a good thing! This one is best for younger toddlers with its more simplistic prose, but is a sure-fire favorite with its colorful illustrations featuring an array of animals and people.





This Day in June

This Day in June, by Gayle E. Pitman, shows kids about the joy and unity experienced during yearly Pride celebrations all around the country. While it's better suited for readers closer to kindergarten than toddlers, we wanted to make sure to add it to the list, especially with Pride month just around the corner!


These are just a few of our favorite books for young readers that celebrate gay families. What are some of your favorites? We’d love to hear what you and your family love—it just might become a favorite of ours, too!


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