I Am Jazz
Authored by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
This autobiographical picture book about a transgender child chronicles the story of her life (so far); in her words, "I have a girl brain but a boy body." This is an excellent choice to jump-start a conversation about gender, identify, compassion, and honesty.
Recommended age: 4 and older
Quality rating: 4 out of 5
Dial Books, 2014
Looking for a way to celebrate and honor Pride Month with your young kid? From books with main characters who are LGBTQ or still figuring out their sexual orientations to stories of straight kids or teens with gay friends or parents, these books portray many aspects of the LGBTQ experience for kids as young as 3. Many of these books have been published within the last few years, a happy indication that more and more families are celebrating diversity in gender and sexual identity.
For more books for kids and teens about the LBGTQ experience, check out the full list at Common Sense Media.