Books about gender & Diversity

For young children up to Grade 3

A Family is a Family is a Family – Sara O'Leary (2016) Picture book

Whimsical; covers blended, foster, mixed-race, two-mom, grandma-guided families, etc.

And Tango Makes Three – Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell, Henry Cole Illust. (2005).

This is a fictionalized true story of two male penguins in Central Park Zoo who became partners and raised a penguin chick.

Annie’s Plaid Shirt – Stacey B. Davids and Rachael Balsaitis (2015) K-4

Delightful picture book about Annie’s need to express her identity by wearing her favourite plaid shirt and her mother’s concern about what people will think if Annie does not wear a dress to her uncle’s wedding.

Donovan's Big Day – Lesley Newman (2011) Picture book

Donovan is ring bearer at wedding of his two moms. White family, multi-racial friends.

One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dads - Johnny Valentine (1994) Picture book

Introduces diversity; older publication, fun to read aloud.

Stella Brings the Family – Miriam Schiffer (2015) Picture book

Stella problem-solves with her two Dads before attending a school Mother's Day event.