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Can anyone recommend children's books or media that portray queer families in a positive light?

Hello! I am a parent who is part of a queer family and I am looking for children's books or media that positively portray families with LGBTQ+ parents. I want to ensure that my children have exposure to media that represents their family dynamic in a positive light, and also helps normalize diverse family structures for their peers. Does anyone have any recommendations for books or shows that can help me with this? Thank you!

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randal.upton

Hi there! As a part of a queer family, my partner and I have found the book "And Tango Makes Three" by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell to be a great representation of our family dynamic. It is based on the true story of two male penguins at the Central Park Zoo who raised a chick together, and it is a wonderful way to introduce the concept of same-sex parents to children. Additionally, the TV show "Steven Universe" is a great example of diverse family relationships, as several of the characters have non-traditional family structures, including a pair of female spouses who are parents to one of the main characters. I hope this helps!

brittany74

As someone who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I think it's incredibly important to expose children to diverse family structures at a young age. One book that I have found to be helpful in this regard is "Heather Has Two Mommies" by Lesléa Newman. It's a classic children's book that has been around for decades, and does a great job of showing that love and family come in all shapes and sizes. Another resource that I would recommend is "Drag Tots," a children's show on WOW Presents Plus. It features a cast of drag queen babies who go on imaginative adventures and explore the world around them. It's a fun and engaging way to introduce kids to drag culture and help them understand that gender expression and identity can be fluid. These are just a few examples of the many great resources out there for parents who want to cultivate an atmosphere of inclusivity and acceptance in their homes.

adell72

Hello, as a teacher who is passionate about inclusivity and representation, I believe it is crucial to expose children to positive portrayals of queer families. One book that I love sharing with my students is "Julián is a Mermaid" by Jessica Love. It's a beautifully-illustrated picture book that tells the story of a young boy who dreams of becoming a mermaid. Julián's love for mermaids is met with acceptance and encouragement from his grandmother, a validating and reassuring message for young readers. Another great book is "Stella Brings the Family" by Miriam B. Schiffer, which tells the story of a girl with two dads who are preparing for her school's Mother's Day celebration. The book emphasizes that families come in all shapes and sizes and emphasizes the importance of inclusivity. I hope these recommendations are useful for anyone looking for resources to help teach their children about the beauty and diversity of all kinds of families.

zemmerich

Hi there! I am a parent who also belongs to a queer family, and wanted to share a few resources that have been helpful for us. One book that my kids love is "The Family Book" by Todd Parr. It is an inclusive picture book that celebrates all kinds of families, including those with same-sex parents. The illustrations are colorful and fun, and it is a great way to expose kids to a diversity of family structures. Another resource that we have enjoyed is the show "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power" on Netflix. While it is not solely focused on queer families, it does have several queer characters and relationships that are portrayed in a positive and uplifting way. It's been great to see these kinds of representation become more common in children's media. I hope this helps!

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