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To celebrate Pride Month, librarian Renee Greenlee shared this list of picture books that celebrate the lives and families of LGBTQ+ people. 

"As a story time presenter, I realize the importance of reading picture books that demonstrate positive LGBTQ+ themes, characters and family structures. This allows children to see themselves and their own families reflected in books, as well as learn about other people they will encounter in their growing worlds," she said.

One of her favorites is Stonewall Book Award winner “Love, Violet," a heartwarming story about the adventures, friendship, and love Violet experiences with her classmate, Mira. Readers of all ages will cheer Violet on as she tries to express her feelings to her special friend on Valentine’s Day.

Another favorite, “Bathe the Cat” is a romping, rhyming story of two dads and their family who are trying to get the house in order for Grandma’s visit. However, the family cat doesn’t want a bath and has a “paw” in bringing chaos to the chores! Kids and their grownups will get a kick out of this hilarious book.

Scroll through the titles below and click on book covers to learn more about them and put them on hold in our catalog.


  1. "Love, Violet" by Charlotte Sullivan Wild
  2. "Grandad’s Camper" by Harry Woodgate
  3. "Bathe the Cat" by Alice B. McGinty
  4. "Pride Puppy!" by Robin Stevenson
  5. "When Aidan Became a Brother" by Kyle Lukoff
  6. "Prince & Knight" by Daniel Haack
  7. "Love Makes a Family" by Sophie Beer
  8. "This Day in June" by Gayle E. Pitman
  9. "Stonewall: A Building, An Uprising, A Revolution" by Rob Sanders
  10. "Strong" by Rob Kearney and Eric Rosswood
  11. "‘Twas the Night Before Pride" by Joanna McClintock
  12. "Pride Colors" by Robin Stevenson
  13. "The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish" by Lil Miss Hot Mess