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Pride Month marks the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the gay community in response to a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village of Manhattan. This was the first of many gay rights movements which would inspire and inspire solidarity amongst the gay community. In 2016 the area around the Stonewall Inn, still a popular nightspot today, was designated a national monument.

To celebrate #PrideMonth we’ve collated a list of our top 10 LGBTQ+ books from EYFS to Key Stage 3. Pride Month takes place each year in June in celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. Celebrating diversity, Pride Month promotes equal rights for all. 

For EYFS

Pride 1 2 3 by Michael Joosten

Celebrate and march along in the Pride Parade with this lively counting board book!

1 parade in the month of June

2 DJs spin fabulous tunes

3 families of all different types

4 activists fight the good fight

Teach little ones about the Pride Parade with this colourful, energetic counting book! Featuring a diverse cast of characters and families, this board book highlights and celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community, love, and standing up for who you are while counting to ten. Perfect for all families, this counting board book should be shared and read with pride!

Plenty of Hugs by Fran Manushkin

This cheerful book follows a family from morning to night in lively rhyme that rolls off the tongue. There’s a buzz for each bug, and a breeze for each tree, and plenty of hugs for you and me. 

The perfect book to teach little ones about diverse families. 

All Are Welcome Alexandra-Penfold

The #1 New York Times bestselling picture book, celebrating diversity and inclusivity. No matter how you start your day, What you wear when you play, Or if you come from far away, All are welcome here. Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcome. A school where children in patkas, hijabs, baseball caps and yarmulkes play side by side. A school where students grow and learn from each other’s traditions. A school where diversity is a strength. 

All Are Welcome lets young children know that no matter what, they have a place, they have space, and they are welcome in their school.

KS1

 Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

While riding the subway home with his Nana one day, Julian notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train carriage. When Julian gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies and making his own fabulous mermaid costume. But what will Nana think about the mess he makes – and even more importantly – what will she think about how Julian sees himself?

A beautifully illustrated book with positive messages of tolerance and identity, a fantastic read for young people. 

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag  by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Steven Salerno

The very first picture book about the remarkable and inspiring story of the Gay Pride Flag!

In this deeply moving and empowering true story, young readers will trace the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings in 1978 with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today’s world.

What better way to look back on history through fantastic illustrations, a great read for young people to get introduced to LGBTQ+.

KS2

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy

The Fletchers are an unusual family. You might consider them unusual because they are all male — the family consists of four adopted boys and two fathers — but what really makes them stand out is how inclusive, loving and fun they are. 

The perfect story to highlight diversity and same-sex families all wrapped up in a fun-filled school adventure. 

Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer

Stella’s class is having a Mother’s Day celebration, but what’s a girl with two daddies to do? It’s not that she doesn’t have someone who helps her with her homework or tucks her in at night. Stella has her Papa and Daddy who take care of her and a whole gaggle of other loved ones who make her feel special and supported every day. She just doesn’t have a mum to invite to the party. Fortunately, Stella finds a unique solution to her party problem in this sweet story about love, acceptance and the true meaning of family.

A beautifully illustrated book that celebrates the diversity of family life. 

Proud of Me by Sarah Hagger-Holt 

An accessible child-centred story about self-acceptance and the importance of opening up to those closest to you. Becky and Josh are almost twins, with two mums and the same anonymous donor dad. Josh can’t wait until he’s eighteen, the legal age when he can finally contact his donor, and he’ll do anything to find out more – even if it involves lying. Becky can’t stop thinking about her new friend, Carli. Could her feelings for Carli be a sign of something more? Becky and Josh both want their parents to be proud of them…but right now, they’re struggling to even accept themselves. 

A fantastic book looking at acceptance and diverse families. 

KS3

Proud compiled by Juno Dawson

A stirring, bold and moving anthology of stories and poetry by top LGBTQ+ YA authors and new talent, giving their unique responses to the broad theme of pride. Each story has an illustration by an artist identifying as part of the LGBTQ+ community.

From Prejudice to Pride by Amy Lame

From Prejudice to Pride looks at the rise and achievements of the LGBTQ+ movement and the different communities, pioneers and stories of heartbreak and courage that have marched alongside it. 

Perfect for readers aged 11 and upwards, this book will inspire courage and pride in young LGBTQ+ people and help answer questions for all readers interested in gender and identity.

We hope you enjoyed, all of the above titles are available to purchase on Amazon or Waterstones. Happy reading!