June is Pride Month, a time to honor the LGBTQ+ community and their ongoing fight for equality and acceptance. As teachers and families of young students, it’s essential to recognize the significance of Pride Month and incorporate age-appropriate lessons and activities into the classroom and at home.

Pride Month provides an opportunity to teach children about diversity, inclusion, and respect for all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. By introducing these concepts at an early age, we can help foster a more accepting and inclusive society for future generations.

Celebrating Pride Month with young students can take many forms. Reading books that feature LGBTQ+ characters and families, discussing the importance of treating everyone with kindness and respect, and encouraging open and honest conversations about diversity are all great ways to engage children in this important topic. We’ve curated a Pride Month book list for children in PreK through 3rd grade.

Pre-Kindergarten (Level PR)

Pride 1 2 3 book cover

Pride 1 2 3 by Michael Joosten

 

 

Julián Is a Mermaid book cover
Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Kindergarten (Level A)

Being You book cover

Being You: A First Conversation About Gender by Megan Madison, Jessica Ralli and Anne/Andy Passchier

 

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My Daddies! by Gareth Peter and Gary Parsons

First Grade (Level B)

Who Are You? Book cover

Who Are You? by Brook Pessin-Whedbee

 

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Love is Love by Michael Genhart, PhD

Second Grade (Level C)

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My Mommies Built a Treehouse by Gareth Parker and Izzy Evans

 

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When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff

Third Grade (Level D)

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It Feels Good to be Yourself by Theresa Thorn

 

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Where We Come From by Diane Wilson, Sun Yung Shin, Shannon Gibney and John Coy

Please enjoy the additional celebratory book lists that we’ve created.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Black History Month
Native American Heritage Month

If you’re looking for a read-aloud list, we have a new version for 2024.
Read Aloud Book List