Rainbow Kids: Picture Books for Pride Month

by Melleny T.

As you may know, June is Pride Month (or Gay Pride Month, or LGBTQ Pride Month, or whatever you choose to call it). It’s a time to remember that love is love, your identity is your own, and the world is full of a wide range of beautiful colors. It’s also the best time for me to don my rainbow Chuck Taylors that I found at Goodwill. Score!

It’s never too early to expose children to messages of tolerance and acceptance. Fortunately, more diversity is appearing on the picture book shelves every day, providing an age-appropriate way to do just that. In honor of this month of celebration, I’ve gathered ten of my favorite picture books addressing issues of gender identity, sexual orientation, and the history of the Pride movement.

You may remember the controversy years ago surrounding And Tango Makes Three. Or you may prefer your pictures books to have a political edge to them, as with the Marlon Bundo stories. But these are far from the only options out there.

"Pride" by Rob Sanders

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders

A mix of history, biography, and social commentary, this book will introduce readers young and old alike to the origin of the Rainbow Flag. Timelines are included at the end, as well as biographical notes and suggestions for further reading.


"Prince & Knight" by Daniel Haack

Prince and Knight by Daniel Haack

This cleverly rhyming fairy tale story includes dragon-fighting, working together, honoring yourself, and of course a sweet happy ending. Also check out the author’s newest picture book, Maiden & Princess.


"Red" by Michael Hall

Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall

This story told in the language of art supplies is about much more than crayons. The parallels with real human issues are both heartbreaking and hopeful.



Take a look at the full list, and maybe you’ll find something new to share with a little one in your life.

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4 responses to “Rainbow Kids: Picture Books for Pride Month”

  1. Lindsey A. says:

    I love this selection. Julian is a Mermaid is a definite favorite. There are SO many amazing LGBTQ+ picture books being published now. I remember when it was just a handful. Also, those Chucks are fabulous!

  2. Jenny says:

    I also love Jerome by Heart which is a very sweet story about a boy’s love for his best friend Jerome despite disapproval from his parents.

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