June was Pride Month and when we consider this topic and relevant books, it’s good to have first-hand recommendations from someone in the community. Over on Instagram, we have many wonderful and varied bookish friends, and one of these lovely people is James who goes by the Instagram handle of @bookfacejames. We asked James if he could tell us about some of his favourite LGBTQ+ books for younger readers.
‘I am honoured to have been asked by Little English Bookworm to contribute to their blog for Pride Month and talk about books for young children that feature LGBTQ+ families.
The number of amazing children's books in any bookstore is astounding. Wonderful authors such as Julia Donaldson and Oliver Jeffers are huge favourites in our family. You have to look a little harder however to find a book that represents us. Myself and my husband have two beautiful adopted daughters who are aged 1 and 6. Despite 1 in 8 UK adoptions now being same-sex couples (a number which has been steadily increasing) it can be hugely difficult to find things that represent our family – how many fathers' day cards do you see with 'Papa' on?
I am a huge Young Adult fiction fan and there are some fantastic books out there for teenagers who are working out their sexual identity that I wish I could have read when I was younger. Books for younger children however are harder to find.
I am excited to share with you some of the great children's books on offer that include a more diverse range of families. These are perfect not only for people with same-sex parents but also for those wanting to show their children the wonderful diversity in families.