Primary School Books

There are a number of books dealing with themes ranging from different families to emotional literacy which are appropriate for use with primary school children.




Difference and Diversity

Colour Me Happy

“When I am sunny, colour me yellow. When I am funny, colour me pink…”. Small children will fall in love with the adorable kitten character as they turn the pages of this colourful, glittery book. As well as featuring a host of vibrant colours, the humorous illustrations explore a range of emotions with which young readers will be familiar. To top it all off, there's even a beautiful sparkly rainbow finale!

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Children's Books  ISBN: 1405009098


Poor Cockerel has forgotten how to crow - and all the animals are teasing him. But when the fox come sniffing around, Cockerel becomes a hero.

Age Range: Early Years/Key Stage 1

Published by Macmillan Children's Books ISBN: 0333947533


“Once I was lost in the wood, in the wood, and you found me”.  This melodic text perfectly tells the story of finding and keeping a friend. Glorious pictures show the small moments which loom large in a child’s life, so creating a delicate and exquisite book for all ages.

Age Range: Early Years/Key Stage 1

Published by Hodder Children's Books ISBN: 034065600X

Mister Seahorse

A stunning new picture book from Eric Carle about Mister Seahorse and other 'male mothers', with special acetate pages that hide fish behind rocks and reeds. As he floats through the sea, Mister Seahorse meets a Mr Stickleback, Mr Tilapia, Mr Kurtus and many other fish fathers caring for their eggs and babies in the most surprising ways.

Age Range: Early Years/Key Stage 1

Published by Puffin    ISBN: 0140569898

Orange Pear Apple Bear

The utter simplicity of this beautiful picture book is breathtaking. By rearranging just four words, Emily Gravett creates a series of playful images which are a sheer joy - and intensely satisfying. The loose energy of the pencil and watercolour pictures will be irresistible to adults and children alike.

Age Range: Early Years/Key Stage 1

Published by Children's Books  ISBN: 1405090227

Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly

Sue and Nick are best friends who like lots of different things in lots of different colours. Here they show us some of their favourite things from purple hair and all things blue to red cars and red dogs. The artwork is stunning with each artist contributing alternate pages in their own inimitable style. And with its deceptively simple text, this bright and bold book is perfect for children learning to read.

Age Range: Early Years/Key Stage 1

Published by Puffin ISBN: 0140567852

The Other Ark

A fabulously fun new twist on Noah's Ark by master storyteller, Lynley Dodd! The rain is fast approaching and Noah wants to set sail. There are still lots of animals queuing to get on to the Ark but it's absolutely jam packed. Noah has to ask his friend, Sam Jam Balu to take the other Ark and all the rest of the animals. So he valiantly starts gathering hip-hopping hippos, mad kangaroosters and flying flapdoodles - not to mention the dithering dingbats and sabre-tooth mice! But no sooner has San Jam Balu finished his task than the Other Ark is well and truly grounded!

Age Range: Early Years/Key Stage 1

Published by Puffin  ISBN: 0141500182

This is Our House

George says the cardboard house is his and his alone. It isn't for girls, small people, twins, people with glasses, or people who like tunnels. But when he leaves the cardboard house for a little while, he comes back to find that there are some people inside who don't think it is for people who have red hair - like George. This is a topical and perceptive book that shows that it is much more fun to share.

Age Range: Early Years

Published by Walker Books Ltd  ISBN: 1406305642


Have you noticed how being with your best friend makes your day that little bit brighter? Mousse and Nut love playing together - but can they really be friends when they're so different? Of course they can! This delightful story goes to show, it's the 'being together' and the friendship that counts. This book presents a heart-lifting story with two incredibly adorable new characters from Jane Simmons.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Orchard   ISBN: 1846162882

Tyrannosaurus Drip

Everyone knows that tyrannosauruses are big and scary, so when a placid duckbill dinosaur's egg ends up in the wrong nest confusion is sure to ensue! When the baby dinosaur hatches out, he's so out of place that his grisly big sisters call him Tyrannosaurus Drip. Poor little Drip: all he wants is a quiet life munching on water weed…

Age Range: Early Years

Published by Children's Books  ISBN: 0230015506

Welcome to Lizard Lounge

Lizard thinks that all lizards are the same, until he arrives at Lizard Lounge and meets some new reptile friends with different names and qualities: Gecko, Iguana, Gila Monster, Salamander and Komodo Dragon. What kind of lizard am I, he wonders, and what makes me different? His new friends help him to find out... A fresh and funny look at individuality, featuring a collection of charming and crazy characters.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Milet Publishing Ltd  ISBN: 1840593903

Who Are You, Stripy Horse?

In the tick-tock quiet, a shaft of moonlight tickles the nose of something sleeping. It's a stuffed, stripy horse. He twitches. Then an enormous dusty sneeze echoes round the room. He's awake. So begins this charming story, all about a forgotten toy who can't remember his name. He is befriended by Muriel (a hummingbird who flutters off the pattern on a lamp), Hermann (a daft draught excluder), and Roly and Pitch (penguin-shaped salt and pepper shakers), and embarks on an adventure to meet Ming, a wise and ancient Chinese vase cat, who is the only person in the shop who might be able to tell him who he is. Thrills, spills, and some seriously silly situations await him on his adventure.

Age Range: Early Years/Key Stage 1

Published by Egmont Books Ltd  ISBN: 140522729X

Belinda’s Bouquet

Belinda's Bouquet by Leslea Newman is a story of how a young girl named Belinda is teased for having gained weight. She and Daniel, both about ten years old, discover with the help of one of Daniel's mothers and a garden cared for by his other mother that people, like flowers, are different.

Age Range: Key Stage 2

Published by  Alyson Publications Inc   ISBN-10: 1555831540

It’s Okay To Be Different

Todd Parr combines rainbow colours, simple drawings and reassuring statements in this optimistic book. An illustration of two women ("It's okay to have different Moms") and two men ("It's okay to have different Dads") handles diverse families sensitively this could cover either same-sex families or stepfamilies and also on the opposite page, a kangaroo with a dog in its pouch ("It's okay to be adopted"). Suitable for all ages.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Little Brown and Company  ISBN: 0316666033

Priscilla and the Pink Planet

Reminiscent of Dr. Seuss and Hilary Knight, here is a clever read-aloud about a little girl who lives on a planet where everything is pink. Priscilla dreams of seeing the world in other colors and ends up teaching the Great Queen of Pink that diversity leads to true beauty. Priscilla's story is told in lyrical verse and young girls will enjoy reading her pink planet adventure aloud.

Age Range: Key Stage 1/2

Published by Little, Brown Young Readers ISBN: 0316735795

The Boy Who Cried Fabulous

Roger is "different" much to his parents' dismay, until he teaches them just how fabulous being different can be!

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Tricycle Press ISBN: 1582462240

Saturday is Pattyday

Newman tells a story of how a child feels when his two mommies separate and break up the family. As in any divorce, Frankie feels upset and anxious when Patty, his "other mom," moves into her own apartment. The first time he visits her and they picnic in the park, he cries and talks about his fears. "I'm scared. I don't want to get divorced," he says. Patty hugs him and reassures him that she will always, always, always be his mom. "Only grown-ups get divorced. Not kids," she says. From now on, he will visit her every week--Saturday is Pattyday.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by New Victoria Publishers  ISBN-10: 0934678510

The Different Dragon

This bedtime story about bedtime stories shows how the wonderful care and curiosity of a little boy, with some help from his willing moms, can lead to magical and unexpected places. Join Noah and his cat, Diva, on this nighttime adventure and you too will leave with an unforgettable new dragon friend!
The Different Dragon is published by Two Lives Publishing, the only publisher of children's books expressly intended for kids in LGBT families ( Their mission is to publish and distribute books of integrity, depicting children, families and friends in positive, loving ways in picture books and stories.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Two Lives  ISBN: 0967446864

The Duke who put a Tax on Jelly Beans And Other Stories

A collection of Fairy tales including families of all different types

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Alyson Books  ISBN-10: 1555838472

The Family Book

There are so many different types of families, and THE FAMILY BOOK celebrates them all in a funny, silly, and reassuring way. Parr includes adopted families, step-families, one-parent families, and families with two parents of the same sex, as well as the traditional nuclear family. His quirky humor and bright, childlike illustrations will make children feel good about their families. Parents and teachers can use this book to encourage children to talk about their families and the different kinds of families that exist.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Little Brown and Company  ISBN: 0316738964

The Story of Ferdinand

Ferdinand is a little bull who much prefers sitting quietly under a cork tree-- just smelling the flowers--to jumping around, snorting, and butting heads with other bulls. This cow is no coward--he simply has his pacifist priorities clear. As Ferdinand grows big and strong, his temperament remains mellow, until the day he meets with the wrong end of a bee. In a show of bovine irony, the one day Ferdinand is most definitely not sitting quietly under the cork tree (due to a frightful sting), is the selfsame day that five men come to choose the "biggest, fastest, roughest bull" for the bullfights in Madrid.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Publisher: Puffin    ISBN-10: 0142409529

Something Else

This is a simple story about a creature called Something Else who is excluded from his neighbour's activities because he behaves and looks different. But then when an even stranger creature tries to make friends with Something Else, he doesn't want to know, until he sees himself in the mirror.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Puffin Books   ISBN: 0140549072

Emotional Literacy

Aaaarrgghh, Spider!

All Spider wants is to be a family pet. But the family whose house he lives in are terrified of him. Whenever he tries to show them what a great pet he would make, they simply cry, 'Aaaarrgghh, Spider!'. Themes of tolerance and misunderstanding make key discussion points for children in this book.

Age Range Key Stage 1

Published by  Egmont Books Ltd ISBN: 1405210443

Frog in Love

Frog is worried about his health: His heart is beating too fast. His friend Hare says that he must be in love - but who is he in love with? This important book deals not only with the nature of being in love but also the issue of prejudice: 'A frog can't be in love with a duck. You're green and she's white.' But Frog doesn't let that bother him...Green and white. Love knows no boundaries. This enchanting love story was the first book by Max Velthuijs on the Andersen list - now available as an Andersen paperback.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Andersen Press Ltd  ISBN: 0862648726

Jennifer Jones won’t leave me alone

Jennifer Jones Won't Leave Me Alone is a funny story-poem about a love-struck girl and the reluctant object of her affections. Our hero is embarrassed by his admirer, but when she moves away, life becomes kind of boring.

Age Range Key Stage 1

Published by Corgi Childrens  ISBN: 0552547557

Love You Forever

The mother sings to her sleeping baby "I'll love you forever, I'll love you for always, As long as I'm living my baby you'll be". She still sings the same song when her baby has turned into a fractious 2-year-old, a slovenly 9-year-old, and then a raucous teen. So far, so ordinary--but this is one persistent lady. When her son grows up and leaves home, she takes to driving across town with a ladder on the car roof, climbing in to her grown son's window, and rocking the sleeping man in the same way. Then, inevitably, the day comes when she's too old and sick to hold him, and the roles are at last reversed. Each stage is illustrated by one of Sheila McGraw's comic and yet poignant pastels.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Firefly Books Ltd   ISBN: 0920668372

No Matter What

A little fox is in a big bad mood, and is worried that its mother won't love it forever. In this beautiful and lyrical picture book, we see a clever and resourceful mother prove to her child that a parents love is limitless - no matter what! In this reassuring and warm picture book, the hugely talented Debi Gliori manages to treat the familiar subject of childhood worries in a very fresh, original and inventive way

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC ISBN: 0747563314

Our Twitchy

Twitchy and his family eat carrots and live in a burrow just like an ordinary rabbit family. But one day Milfoil the cow and Sedge the horse decide to tell Twitchy they are not his real rabbit mum and dad. Twitchy is so upset he is convinced that he must turn himself into a horse or a cow so Sedge and Milfoil will still love him. So he pegs up his ears like a cow's and makes his tail long like a horse's; and he moos and he neighs just like his adoptive parents. But Milfoil and Sedge don't want him to change. They love him just as he is, as much as if they were his real mum and dad. And they always will!

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Red Fox   ISBN: 0099434199

Tadpole’s Promise

Tadpole loves his rainbow friend, the caterpillar, and she tells him she loves everything about him. Promise that you will never change, she says. But as the seasons pass and he matures, his legs grow, and then his arms - and what happens to his beautiful rainbow friend? As he sits on his lily pad, digesting a butterfly, Tadpole little realises that now he will never know! Follow the predictable changes of a tadpole and a caterpillar to their natural conclusion in this award winning picture book.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Andersen Press Ltd  ISBN: 1842704265

The Whisperer

A feline 'West Side Story' from the creator of Albert le Blanc, Q Pootle 5 and the best-selling Percy the Park Keeper series Two gangs of cats live in a scrap yard on the edge of the city. When they're not eating or sleeping, they're fighting, and that's just how The Whisperer likes it. He's a rat, and if he can keep the cats going after each other, they'll leave him and his kind alone. But just maybe, things in the scrap yard are about to change for the better. Or as The Whisperer sees it - for the worse!

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by HarperCollins Children's Books  ISBN: 0007120176


Truelove is a dog who has had his wet, loveable nose put out of joint by the arrival of a new baby in the house. He tries his best to attract his owners' attention, but finally gives up and leaves home. Soon he falls into bad company and is forced to return shamefaced. His owners are delighted to see him...and his slightly dodgy new friends, of course. The text is made up of a series of aphorisms about love, while the illustrations depict the little dog's own experiences. The combination is sometimes ironic, sometimes sincere but it is always hilarious and the book is full of warmth and understanding.

Published by Red Fox   ISBN: 0099433052


And Tango makes Three

At New York City's Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches.
Published by  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's  ISBN: 0689878451

Daddy’s Roommate

A first title in a line of books for children with gay parents , told in a straightforward manner. A young boy describes his father's relationship with his roommate, Frank (they "live together, work together, eat together, sleep together"), and his own relationship with these men - shopping, gardening, and enjoying the zoo, beach, movies, etc. He believes that "being gay is just one more kind of love. And love is the best kind of happiness." The tone throughout the book is positive, and the boy has healthy, affectionate bonds with the adults in his life.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Alyson Books  ISBN: 1555831184

Hello Sailor

A moving story of hope and friendship. Matt lives in a lighthouse. He watches the sea every day...for ships and for his friend, Sailor. Matt is so forlorn that Sailor has gone away that he almost forgets his own birthday. But, his friends say Sailor will never come back, but Matt doesn't give up hope. And, after his birthday party is over, his patience is rewarded, when Sailor finally returns.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by MacMillan  ISBN: 0333987357

Jack & Jim

Longing for adventure, Jack the blackbird decides one day to venture out from his forest home to seek the excitement of the sea. There he encounters a dashing seagull named Jim, who welcomes Jack into his life and shows him the wonders of his seaside village. Unfortunately, the other (white) gulls aren't so hospitable. "Who's that funny bird," old Captain Seagull asks. In spite of Jim's efforts to defend his friend, the villagers can't seem to get beyond Jack's differences

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Hyperion Book CH  ISBN: 0786806141

King and King

When the queen insists that the prince get married and take over as king, the search for a suitable mate does not turn out as expected.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Tricyle Press  ISBN: 1582460612

My Two Uncles

“I have two favourite uncles. Uncle Ned is Daddy’s brother. He’s my real uncle. Uncle Phil is his friend”. It’s hard for Elly to understand when her grandfather refuses to invite Phil to his fiftieth wedding anniversary party. And she feels terrible when Ned refuses to come to the celebration; he’s tired of always going to family parties alone. A compelling story portraying a family scenario of our time.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Albert Whitman & Company ISBN: 080755507X

Mummy Never Told Me

What are tummy buttons for, and how do they get there? What does the tooth fairy really look like? Why do grown-ups have hair in their ears and up their noses, but sometimes none on their heads? Why do Mummy and Daddy lock you out of their bedroom, and where do they go at night? Babette Cole explores these questions and many more with her wonderfully sharp text and riotously funny illustrations.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Ted Smart  ISBN: 0224070010

The Day They Put A Tax On Rainbows

Three original stories combining elements of traditional tales with characters that are members of nontraditional families.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Alyson Books   ISBN-10: 1555832016

We do: A celebration of gay and lesbian marriage

This is the only book in the market to celebrate the gay marriages of February and March 2004 around the US. First comes love, then comes marriage -- unless, of course, you're gay. We Do is an intimate portrait of these history-making weddings. A many-splendour thing, love is captured here in all its joy and diversity. Drawing on ceremonies from around the country, here are weddings both traditional and unconventional, whether the brides and grooms are in flowing white gowns, business suits, or blue jeans. The result is a touching album of happy couples, from the two lesbians who've been together 51 years to dads with babes in arms. A joyful celebration, We Do stands witness to the fact that we are all created equal in love.

Age Range: Key Stage 2

Published by Chronicle Books  ISBN: 0811846121

Different Families

ABC A Family Alphabet book

Have fun with the children, moms, dads, and pets in this delightful book that celebrates alternative families as it teaches young children the alphabet. Fun, colorful illustrations by Desiree Keane and Brian Rappa.

Age Range: Early Years

Published by Two Lives Publishing  ISBN: 0967446813

Asha's Mums

Asha, an African-Canadian girl whose lesbian mums become an issue for the teacher and the curiosity of classmates, responds with clarity and assuredness that having two mums is no big deal--they are a family.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Women's Press (UK)   ISBN: 0889611432

Best Best Colors

Nate has trouble deciding what his favorite colour is, but his two mammas help him realize that he does not have to have a best, best colour. (Bilingual: English and Spanish)

Age Range: Early Years

Published by Redleaf Press  ISBN: 1884834698

Dad David, Baba Chris and ME

This brightly illustrated book for children aged 5-10 years old tells Ben’s story about his ordinary life. Ben was adopted by his gay parents – Dad David and Baba Chris – when he was four years old, and they live happily together in an ordinary house, on an ordinary street and do ordinary things.When Ben starts junior school his ordinary life is turned upside down. Some children begin to tease him because he lives with two dads. They try to hurt and upset him by calling him “gay”. Now Ben is worried that he is not so ordinary any more and he is anxious about being different. Baba Chris and Ben’s school teacher Miss Patel help Ben to understand that children live in all kinds of families and that what matters most is that children are loved and cared for.

Age Range: Key Stage 1/2    

Published by British Association for Adoption and Fostering ISBN: 978 1 905664 89 4

Emma and Meesha My Boy: A Two Mom Story

This is a delightful story of little girl with two mums as she learns how to be nice to her cat. Follow along as Emma gets in trouble trying to play with Meesha Kitty and cheer as she learns to treat him with care.

Age Range: Early Years

Published by  ISBN: 1413416004

Felicia’s Favorite Story

It's bedtime and Felicia wants to hear her very favourite story--the story of how she was adopted. So Mama Linda and Mama Nessa tell Felicia how they flew off in a big silver airplane to meet her; how they loved her as soon as they saw her; and how they named her Felicia, a Spanish word that means "happy" because Felicia was such a happy baby and because having her in their family makes Mama Linda and Mama Nessa very, very happy.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Two Lives Publishing  ISBN: 0967446856

Flying Free

A picture book for children of LGBT and diverse families. Flying Free is narrated by a firefly captured by a five-year-old girl named Violet. Violet plans to use the firefly as her very own nightlight. Her mommies go along with the idea, but the firefly refuses to live in a glass jar. After several attempts, the firefly devises the ultimate escape plan. . .what will her fate be? Flying Free is suitable for children age 2-6.

Age Range: Early Years

Published by BookSurge Publishing  ISBN: 1594579725

Generous Jefferson Bartleby Jo

Generous Jefferson Bartleby Jones by Forman Brown, is a story told in rhyming verses about young Jeff and his two fathers. Jeff has a lot to feel good about because of the four days out of the week he spends with his dads, they always find exciting things to do like hiking, farming, horseback riding, or taking trips to the zoo. Jeff's best friends, Chad and Kim, don't feel as lucky as Jeff because they have only one dad each. Jeff generously loans out his dads, sometimes to Kim and other times to Chad. One day he loans both other dads out on the same day and is left alone.

Age Range: Key Stage 2

Published by Alyson Books   ISBN-10: 1555831982

Going to Fair Day

The continuation of the story begun in My House about a 5-year-old girl and her two mums. The family go to a Fair Day and end up adopting a dog that wins the dog competition.

Age Range: Early Years

Published by Learn to Include  ISBN: 0958129010

Heather has two mommies

The first lesbian-themed children's book ever published—now in color—Lesléa Newman’s groundbreaking children’s book has an enduring message about acceptance and tolerance that will appeal to readers of all ages and backgrounds: The most important thing about any family is that all the people in it love each other.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Alyson Books   ISBN: 1593501366

How my family came to be

Reaches out to younger children with fun and expressive illustrations and also to older children with the explanation of how 2 dads went through the process of creating their family.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by New Family Press    ISBN-10: 0974200808

In Our Mother’s House

The oldest of three adopted children recalls her childhood with mothers Marmee and Meema, as they raised their African American daughter, Asian American son, and Caucasian daughter in a lively, supportive neighborhood. Filled with recollections of family holidays, rituals, and special moments, each memory reveals loving insight.

Age Range: Key Stage 1   

Published by: Philomel Books   ISBN: 039925076X

If I had a Hundred Mummies

A little girl imagines what it would be like to have 100 mummies, eventually deciding that she is happy with just the two she's got.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Onlywomen Press Ltd  ISBN: 0906500915

Josh and Jaz have three mums

Josh and Jess are five-year-old twins who have been adopted by a lesbian couple. They are anxious when their school teacher asks them to produce a family tree. With their mums they produce a family tree that wins the admiration of their classmates.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by British Association for Adoption and Fostering  ISBN-10: 1905664125

King and King and Family

Newlyweds King Lee and King Bertie on their journey into the noisy jungle. As they float down a river, wild animal families turn out to greet them but the royal travellers suspect something more significant awaits them in the trees. The illustrious pair soon discover that theres no adventure more wonderful than starting a family.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Tricycle Press     ISBN: 1582461139

Koalas on Parade

This is book 4 in the Learn-to-Include series, suitable for reading to under 8's and for beginner readers from 6-8 years. In this book, the narrator's mums help her make a koala costume for her school's costume parade. When she finds out that her friend Hannah is also a koala, the two girls dance together in the parade and take home first prize!

Age Range: Early Years

Published by Learn to Include  ISBN: 0958129037

Mama eat ant, yuck!

This book uses simple rhyming text to tell a funny story in the family life of one-year-old Emma, her Mama and Mommy, and her siblings. The large colorful illustrations enchant children as well as adults. The child-friendly title is repeated throughout the book, especially delightful for two-year-olds who love to shout out a beloved phrase and are proud of knowing the appropriate moments. Suitable for reading to children from newborns to 7-year-olds.

Age Range: Early Years

Published by Hundredth Munchy Publications  ISBN: 0965670023

Molly’s Family

When Molly draws a picture of her family for her kindergarten class, Tommy jeers at her that no one has two mommies. At first she is angry and hurt, but with the support of her teacher and her loving parents--Mommy (her birth mother) and Mama Lu (her adoptive mother)--she comes to accept her family. What helps her most is seeing many different kinds of families: Tanya has a mommy, a daddy, a grandma, and two brothers; Stephen has no father; Adam has no mother ("Daddy and me!"); some kids are adopted. Wooding's warm, soft-textured colored-pencil pictures show Molly in her lively classroom and in her happy, nurturing home.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Farrar Straus Giroux  ISBN: 0374350027

Mum and Mom are Getting Married

This title is intended for ages 8 years & under. It is a celebration of love and family. When Rosie comes home to find her Mom dancing alone in the living room - on a school day - she knows something wonderful is about to happen. So when one of her two mothers announces, "Your Mum and I are getting married!" they can't wait to start planning the big day. Rosie has so many questions. Will she get to be a flower girl? Can she get a new dress? Will there be food and a fabulous wedding cake? At this party, friends, family and fun come together for a joyous celebration of love in a changing world.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Second Story Press  ISBN: 1896764843

My house

A story about a five-year-old girl, her pets and her home. She has two dogs, a cat, and two mums. A great book for all children, but especially important as an educational tool for same-sex parented families. Ages 5-7.

Age Range: Early Years

Published by Learn To Include ISBN: 0958129002

One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dads, Blue Dads

Two children - one with blue dads and one from a more traditional family - compare notes in this light hearted, easy-to-read book about parents who are different. In the end, of course, they discover that blue dads aren't really that different from other dads. Except for one thing.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Alyson Publications  ISBN: 1555838480

Picnic in the Park

"Picnic in the Park" is a fully illustrated book for children which tells the story of Jason's birthday picnic and his guests. In so doing, it introduces children to a range of family structures, including two- and one-parent families; adoptive and foster families; gay and lesbian families; and step-families. It also shows a diverse range of adults and children. Using the device of a birthday picnic in the park, each page shows a new set of guests coming to the party; children can draw their own and friends' families on the pages at the back. Vividly illustrated, this book will provide family placement workers with an invaluable tool for introducing children to contemporary family structures in their preparation work with children prior to placement. Indeed, given the scope of the contents, this book could be used with any child in any setting to introduce them to modern-day family structures.

Key Stage: 1

Published by British Association for Adoption & Fostering ISBN: 1905664087

Spacegirl Pukes

Young spacegirl is especially lucky to have two mothers and a very curious cat nearby when rocket troubles and nausea begin.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Onlywomen Press Ltd  ISBN: 0906500877

The Daddy Machine

Two children with lesbian mothers wonder what it would be like to have a father, so they make themselves a daddy machine, turn it on, and a dad pops out. Then comes another, and another, and another ...

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Alyson Books ISBN: 1555838464

The Manu Series

Manu is a series of bilingual Spanish-English cardboard picture books dealing with situations from the daily life of Manu and his two mothers. Includes “Manu sets the table”, “Manu's bedtime” & “No, Manu!”. (Bilingual: English and Spanish)
Published by Topka (Spain). 2006

Age Range: Early Years

ISBN: 84-935239-2-5 / 84-935239-1-7 / 84-935239-0-9

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The Rainbow Cubby House

The Rainbow Cubby House is about the narrator, her mums, her friend Jed and his dads building a cubby house in the backyard. This is book 3 in the Learn to Include easy-to-read series. It is suitable for reading to under 8's and for beginner readers from 6-8 years.

Age Range: Early Years

Published by Learn to Include   ISBN: 0958129029

The White Swan Express

This tender, ebullient picture book tracks a quartet of parents in North America and a quartet of baby girls in China as everyone prepares for the "special day" they meet. With its matter-of-fact mix of parents that include two married couples, a lesbian couple and a single mother, the book's understated message-that families come in all shapes and sizes, and are bound together by love-comes through loudly and clearly.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Publisher: Clarion Books     ISBN: 0618164537  

Uncle Bobby’s Wedding

When her favorite uncle, Bobby, announces that he is getting married to his boyfriend, Jamie, Chloe worries that he won’t have time for her anymore. The characters are all guinea pigs in human dress, and the sweet, double-page spreads in watercolor and graphite show the idyllic bond between the child and her uncle, as they walk together in the woods, row on the river, and more. In contrast are the scenes of her sadness and jealousy until she learns to have fun with both Bobby and Jamie together—even as they talk about their plans to raise their own kids. The climax is the joyful, exciting wedding—the couple in tuxedos, Chloe as the flower girl, and the big, extended family all together, smiling and teary

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile  ISBN-10: 0399247122

Two Moms, The Zark and Me

A young child with two moms, a playful animal called a Zark, and the narrow-minded McFinks, all come together in this whimsical story that looks at just what a family is really all about.

Age Range: Early Years

Published by Alyson Books  ISBN: 1555832369

While You Were Sleeping

While you Were Sleeping Lovingly describes two women learning that they will adopt a newborn baby boy. It speaks to the hearts of all who cherish children while validating non-traditional families of all sorts.

Age Range: Early Years

Published by: Burks Publishing ISBN: 1412028531

Who’s in a Family

Family is important. But who's in a family? This picture book provides the answer with a series of family snapshots that has no preconceptions about what makes a family. There are even snapshots from some of children's favourite animal families.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Tricycle Press   ISBN: 188367266X

123 A Family Counting Book

Have fun with the kids, moms, dads and pets in this delightful book that celebrates alternative families as it teaches kids to count from one to twenty. All of the full color paintings depict families headed by gays and lesbians. Two dads read a bedtime story to their kids; two moms share popsicles with their kids on the porch; and several families gather around the campfire on a summer night.

Age Range: Key Stage 1

Published by Two Lives   ISBN: 0967446805

Lesbian and Gay Characters

Two weeks with the Queen

When Colin's brother Luke becomes seriously ill with leukemia, he is determined to get the best help possible. He's sent to stay with relatives in London and works to go to the very top - the Queen first and, failing her, the best cancer doctor in the world. He is helped by a young man whose partner is dying of Aids - the ending cannot be happy, but is joyous in a way because it offers comfort and truth. The story is told with a wonderfully humorous touch.

Age Range: Key Stage 2

Published by Puffin    ISBN: 014130300X

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