May 31, 2023 3 min read

Top Books for Pride Month

June is Pride Month; a time to celebrate the 2SLGBTQ+ community and promote equality, diversity, acceptance, and empathy.

Until recently, many families shown on TV or in movies, featured in books, and talked about in classrooms have not been representative of the diversity of real families and experiences. In particular, those who identify as 2SLGBTQ+ (Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and additional sexual orientations and gender identities) had been left out.

Representation matters: it’s important for kids and teens who identify as 2SLGBTQ+ to have positive depictions in media and literature—to see themselves reflected and know they’re not alone. It’s equally important for young people to see those who look and live differently than they do, as it helps develop empathy, compassion, and understanding.

It can be challenging to talk to kids about diversity and inclusion (they ask tough questions)! Reading is a way to open the dialogue surrounding acceptance and identity while creating an environment for little ones to feel seen and heard.

Through diverse and inclusive books, kids can relate to characters, find comfort in illustrations, and identify words that feel right.

Books are also a great resource for parents and caregivers to learn more about and relate to their kids, growing along with them. Teach little ones that everyone’s journey is unique as they navigate the path of self-discovery.

Check out these colourful stories from our Diversity & Inclusivity collection!

Becuase reading is fundamental!

Love Makes a Family

This fun, inclusive board book celebrates the one thing that makes every family a family: love!

A hilarious and touching graphic novel about the pressures of conformity and conquering fear by finding community. The perfect contemporary folktale for anyone who has felt they need to pretend to be someone else.

The Wolf Suit

Pink is for Boys

A timely and beautiful board book that rethinks and reframes the stereotypical blue/pink gender binary and empowers kids (and their grown-ups) to express themselves in every colour of the rainbow!

From indie-pop twin-sister duo Tegan and Sara comes a middle-grade graphic novel that explores growing up, coming out, and finding yourself through music and sisterhood.

Tegan and Sara: Junior High

Mommy, Mama, and Me

Share the loving bond between same-sex parents and their children in this heartwarming story of family.

A one-of-a-kind story that celebrates the excitement of falling in love for the first time.

Stars in Their Eyes: A Graphic Novel

Gracefully Grayson

What if who you are on the outside doesn't match who you are on the inside? Will new strength from an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher's wisdom be enough to help Grayson step into the spotlight she was born to inhabit?

The joyful and heartwarming story of Jude, a non-binary kid who knows exactly who they are and decides to create a safe space in their community.

Jude Saves the World

What If It's Us

A smart, funny, heartfelt story about two very different boys who can't decide if the universe is pushing them together—or pulling them apart.

The literary scavenger hunt of a lifetime, starring an endlessly endearing non-binary tween.

The Fabulous Zed Watson!

You Are Loved: A Book About Families

A beautiful and inclusive picture book about all the different ways to make a family, highlighting the important message that families aren’t just the people you live with.

A portion of the proceeds from the Diversity & Inclusion collection is donated to BGC Canada (formerly Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada) to support its equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) initiatives, which help kids feel seen, valued, empowered, and included for all aspects of who they are.

Written by Melania Fedyna, Senior Copywriter & Voice of Play

Melania Fedyna
Melania Fedyna

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