Pride Month is about uplifting all voices, embracing equality and accepting ourselves—and others—for all of our beautiful differences. Here at Epic, we believe every book is a chance to be as awesomely unique as you want to be. So this year we’re celebrating the individuality of every kid with a collection of books that highlight LGBTQ+ authors and characters, as well as stories that promote all things Pride: acceptance, empathy, inclusion—and most of all—the courage to stand proud.
Here are just a few books that you can enjoy with your kid this month and all year round. Check them out below!
Written by: Robin Stevenson
Illustrated by: Julie McLaughlin
One family is having a great time celebrating together at the Pride parade until the unthinkable happens―they lose their beloved puppy! Luckily lots of other attendees at the parade are happy to help out. This rhyming alphabet book gives preschoolers and kindergarteners a lively, joyful introduction to this annual celebration and demonstrates the true spirit of Pride.
Written by: Lesléa Newman
Illustrated by: Maria Mola
Casey loves to play with “boy things” like blocks and dump trucks. But that doesn’t mean he can’t also love things that sparkle, like glittery fingernails and shiny bracelets. But while his family embraces his unique interests, the boys at the library tease him for liking and wearing “girl things.”
This heartwarming story celebrates gender expression and teaches kids about acceptance, treating others with respect and the importance of being yourself.
Written by: Jordan Scott
Illustrated by: Sydney Smith
In this touching and uplifting story, a boy shares his struggles with stuttering, and how his dad helps him find comfort and perspective on a “bad speech day.”
After a particularly tough day, his father takes him for a walk along the river to help him get the words flowing. And the boy finds his voice in the calm water and rapids as they bubble and whirl against the shore. This is a powerful book to share with kids when they feel lonely or unable to fit in.
Illustrated by: Josée Masse
This beautiful rhyming story about a young adopted Chinese girl celebrates the bond between children and their mothers—those who give them life, and those who raise them and teach them how to live it.
This is a poignant love poem honoring adopted children and their parents.
By: Miriam Cohen
Illustrated by: Ronald Himler
Layla, the new girl, is different from her peers. Unlike the other kids in class, she wears a hijab, and it makes her feel shy and lonely. But it isn’t long before her curious classmates start asking her about it and other things about her life and culture, eventually making her feel accepted and welcome.
This sweet story highlights the challenges kids face in a multicultural world, and the reality that we’re all more alike than we are different.
By: Laura Gehl
Illustrated by: Joshua Heinsz
“Boys play monster trucks with glee, girls bake cakes and serve hot tea.
Girls like pom-poms, pink and jewels, boys like fighting pirate duels.”
…Except when they don’t. This fun, whimsical rhyming picture book breaks down the stereotypes of traditional “boy” and “girl” activities. It celebrates the individuality of every kid, regardless of gender, and shows that it’s okay for kids to play however they want to.
Written by: Frank J. Sileo
Illustrated by: Brittany Lakin
Blossom and Bud live in Mr. Baxter’s flower shop. Blossom is embarrassed about how tall she is, and Bud feels too short and tries to force his flower to bloom. But Mr. Baxter has a special role for each of them, for which they are just right.
This story teaches kids that people and things come in all shapes and sizes, and to love and accept themselves for who they are.
Each Kindness (Audiobook)
By: Jacqueline Woodson
Narrated by: Nikki M. James
Chloe and her friends don’t want to play with the new girl, Maya. Sad about being rejected by the other girls, Maya eventually stops coming to school. But when Ms. Albert teaches the class a lesson on kindness, Chloe thinks about how much better it would have been if she had shown Maya a little kindness.
This Coretta Scott King honorary book teaches kids that even small acts of kindness make the world a little better.
If your kid likes this audio version, they might enjoy the animated story book, too.