10 Children’s Books Celebrating LGBTQ+ Families

By Kerry McGuire
In our latest Accelerated Reader booklist, our team of quiz writers have highlighted 10 children’s and young adult titles in which the main character has a family member from the LGBTQIA+ community. Check out the titles and their quiz information here!
Lower Years

Heather Has Two Mummies by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Laura Cornell
Quiz # 229290 | BL 3.4 | Walker Books
Heather’s favourite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, two pets and two mummies. Her class at school draw family portraits and not one single drawing is the same.

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, illustrated by Henry Cole
Quiz # 239971 | BL 3.5 | Simon & Schuster
At New York City’s Central Park Zoo, two male penguins are trying to start a family by taking turns sitting on an egg that Mr Gramzay gave them.

Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer, illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown
Quiz #240082 | BL 2.4 | Chronicle Books
Stella brings her two fathers plus other relatives to school to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Middle Years

A Home for Goddesses and Dogs by Leslie Connor
Quiz # 239673 | BL 4.0 | Katherine Tegen Books
After the death of her mother, Lydia moves in with her aunts and learns to find a new family of inspiring women and loving dogs.

Proud of Me by Sarah Hagger-Holt
Quiz # 239798 | BL 4.5 | Usborne
Josh and Carli are ‘almost twins’ with two mums and a donor father. Josh will do anything to find out who the donor is, even if it involves lying. Becky can’t stop thinking about her new friend, Carli. Could her feelings be a sign of something more?

The Moonlight Dreamers by Siobhan Curham
Quiz #232282 | BL 4.7 | Walker Books
Amber craves excitement and adventure. Instead, she’s being bullied at school for having two dads, and life at home isn’t much better. When she meets three other girls, they form a secret society and learn that friendship can overcome anything.

Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow by Benjamin Dean
Quiz # 239529 | BL 5.7 | Scholastic Children’s Books
Archie thinks his parents hate each other and suspects they are keeping a big secret from him. When a rainbow leaflet falls out of Dad’s pocket, Archie thinks he knows how to fix things for his family.

   

Middle Years Plus

We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen
Quiz # 229391 | BL 4.7 | Andersen Press
Thirteen-year-old Stewart and mean-girl Ashley must find common ground when his dad moves in with his new girlfriend, Ashley’s mum, whose gay ex-husband lives in their guest house.

Upper Years

Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen
Quiz # 240211 | BL 4.6 | Penguin
In 1993 New York, high-school student Mira uncovers many secrets including that her parents are in an open marriage and her father has a male lover.

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Quiz # 240210 | BL 3.4 | Clarion Books
Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But suddenly Sal realises he no longer knows himself.

 

   

 


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