The stereotypical family of a mum and dad is now much more diverse. These days many children belong to same-sex parents, and we now have a community that is known as Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender (LGBT).
Whether you are a parent of a LGBT child, or you are a same-sex family, or you simply want to introduce the topic to your children, there are some great LBGT-inclusive reads out there.
Some focus on what it is like to be an LGBT child, others simply give you a great story.
We have chosen a range of books that are suitable from an early age, right up to young adult:
This book is suitable for toddlers aged from three to five, and is a great way to introduce the idea of different types of families to a young child. Heather goes to school and tells her class she has two mums, it is then that she realises that all the other children have a mum and a dad. Her teacher explains that: “It doesn’t matter how many mummies or how many daddies your family has. Each family is special. The most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love one another.”
Suitable for children under six, this is a picture book that details the life of two penguins who have a baby and embark on a pretty unconventional life. It is a good way to introduce the topic of LGBT but in a slightly more sugar-coated way for young kids.
Wasn’t ‘Maurice Micklewhite’ Michael Caine’s real name? Anyway, a tale for four to six year-olds, and based on a true story. Morris Micklewhite loves to wear bright orange dresses to school but he is cruelly bullied. The author tells us that the story was based on her experiences as a nursery teacher. A four-year-old boy loved to dress up in the brightly coloured dresses from the school dressing up box. His mother complained to the school when she saw him. Baldacchino said: “When I got home, I was so angry about what happened that I ended up writing the story.”
This book will appeal to boys and girls as it has a secret that many LGBT teenagers can relate to. This is a novel based about two boys, one called David Piper, his parents think he’s gay. The other is Leo Denton, who just wants to stay under the radar. However, Leo attracts the most beautiful girl in year 11, then defends David from bullies and an unlikely friendship forms. But what is the secret that binds them both?
This is a memoir of sorts, and tells the story of the author coming out. It looks back at the moments in Lucy Sutcliffe’s life when she realised she was gay at 14, through three years of denying to it herself, to forming an online friendship with an American girl Kaelyn, a young veterinary student from Michigan. She finally met Kaelyn after months of online chats and correspondence.
This book is a short novel that does not make the subject of LGBT its main focus until the very end. The book suggests LGBT issues by using the main protagonist Tyke Tiler as someone who gets up to various scrapes in the village with best mate Danny. It is not until the last page that we find out what Tyke’s gender is, which comes as a surprise.
A time travel novel now that is perfect for teenagers with an interest in science fiction. This is the next book in a series, the first being ‘The Next Together’. In this book we are shown the enduring love from the two protagonists Clove and Ella as they meet each other traveling through time and in different lives.
This book is a funny guide to navigating your way through life if you are a LGBT teenager. It has tips for handling social situations, and contains personal stories from the authors themselves. A good book for a parent to give to their child if they think they could be gay.
This book contains accounts from six teenagers about their own personal experiences, including coming out to family and friends, attending proms and shopping for clothes. It offers guidance, wisdom and humour.
A story that encompasses LGBT issues and crosses racial borders too. The year is 1959 and the civil rights battle is starting. Sarah is the only black girl at Jefferson High. Linda is the daughter of the town’s most racist activist. Sarah thinks that Linda will hate her, but does she?