Books That Support Tolerance and LGBTQ


Pride month isn’t the only month I love using pictures books to support tolerance and foster empathy. Check out some titles you can incorporate into your lessons, small groups, and even read with individuals.

Books to support LGBTQ


The Boy With Pink Hair By Perez Hilton

You may know him from his infamous blog, but he’s also an another.

Use this to talk about finding your unique self, what it feels to have others look at you or be mean to you, and making a difference.

Check out the audio version: You can watch him read the book here.

Activity: Teaching Books have several activities to go with this book.


Books to support LGBTQ


Red  by Michael Hall

This is one of my all time favorites. Red, the main character and crayon, is trying really hard to live up to the label on his wrapper that says he is “red.” No matter what we does- he just can’t seem to color red and live up to the expectations those around him have.

This is great to talk about labels, stereotypes, finding your true self,  and gender identity.

Activity: Grab this freebie that promotes class community from “The Class Couple.”


Books to support LGBTQ

The Adventures of Honey and Leon  by Alan Cumming

This book reminds me of the Secret Life of Pets, because it explores what the two adorable pups do when their parents (who are the author and illustrator) aren’t around.

This is a fun adorable book to introduce a family that has two dads.


Books to support LGBTQ


And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson

This adorable book introduces the idea of various family dynamics.  “This illustrated children’s book fictionalizes the true story of two male penguins who became partners and raised a penguin chick in the Central Park Zoo.” – Good Reads

Activity: Check out this lesson plan from Scholastic.


Books to support LGBTQ


I am Jazz by Jessica Hertchel

You may be familiar with the TV show, based on the main character in this book. This book is great for discussing transgender issues, acceptance from all including family, and self acceptance. This true story is very powerful.

Activity: Here is a lesson plan from Welcoming Schools!

Books to support LGBTQ


It’s Ok To Be Different by Todd Parr

Once again Todd Parr has created a book that is simple, vibrant, and powerful. This book is  perfect for self esteem, acceptance, tolerance, and kindness lessons and discussions.

Activity: Here is a simple and powerful writing prompt from FirstInspired.

Except When They Don’t by Laura Gehl

This rhyming book tackles gender stereotypes related to the activities we do, toys we love, interests we have, and the clothe we wear. It’s great for all ages.

Activity: Grab my FREEBIE activity set here.

Coat Of Many Colors by Dolly Parton

“Using lyrics from her classic song “Coat of Many Colors,” the book tells the story of a young girl in need of a warm winter coat. When her mother sews her a coat made of rags, the girl is mocked by classmates for being poor. But Parton’s trademark positivity carries through to the end as the girl realizes that her coat was made with love “in every stitch.”- Amazon

This book tackles bullying, tolerance/acceptance, self esteem, teasing, caring, kindness, and empathy.

Activity: The Imagination Library (started by the author herself) has a free activity sheet.

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