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6 Fun Kids Books About Same-Sex Marriage & LGBTQ+ Families

Published Thursday, Oct. 5th, 2023

Six colorful kids books about same-gender marriage & LGBTQ+ family structures




In search of colorful children’s books that show sweet examples of same-sex marriage and diverse LGBTQ+ families? Maybe even one or two that show kids what they can expect at a wedding ceremony? 


The six picture books below offer diverse representations of family, love, and marriage, with funny gay uncles, loving lesbian moms, and even two perfectly-paired earthworms! 


There’s a little nonfiction in the mix, including the real-life story of America’s first gay wedding, along with plenty of imagination, magic, and happily ever after.



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6 Children’s Books About Same-Sex Marriage & LGBTQ+ Families


1. Two Grooms on a Cake

Written by Rob Sanders; Illustrated by Robbie Cathro


An inspiring nonfiction children’s book about the early days of marriage equality in the U.S.! This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Jack Baker and Michael McConnell, who were the first gay couple to be legally married in the country. 


Follow along as Jack and Michael meet one starry night at a party, fall in love, overcome discrimination, and finally celebrate their marriage in a sweet wedding ceremony with loved ones. Baking-themed illustrations make this story especially sweet, and the detailed marriage equality timeline and history notes included in the back pages are icing on the cake! 



Photos of the book Two Grooms on a Cake, showing illustrations from inside and the nonfiction educational portion in the back of the book

Illustrations from Two Grooms on a Cake


2. And Tango Makes Three

Written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson; Illustrated by Henry Cole

And Tango Makes Three offers a good introduction to same-gender love, adoption, and diverse families. This fun picture book tells the true story of two male penguins, Roy and Silo, who formed a pair bond in New York's Central Park Zoo in the early 2000s.


This cute penguin pair fall in love, ‘adopt’ an egg, and hatch a cute baby chick named Tango – completing their happy family and delighting zookeepers and guests. 



Photos of the kids book And Tango Makes Three, showing illustrations from inside

Illustrations from And Tango Makes Three


3. Prince and Knight
Written by Daniel Haack; Illustrated by Stevie Lewis


This colorfully-illustrated modern fairy tale is sure to become a classic! Although the prince’s parents introduce him to dozens of damsels in the hopes of finding him a bride, he can’t seem to find anyone that’s quite his type… until he meets the knight. 


This story has it all, including misplaced matchmaking, an epic dragon battle, queer love at first sight, supportive parents and friends, and a royal wedding! 




Watch this video read-along of Prince and Knight! 



4. Uncle Bobby’s Wedding
Written by Sarah S. Brannen; Illustrated by Lucia Soto


This heartwarming children’s story about a young girl and her uncle helps kids understand what a wedding is about, and what they can expect during the weeks leading up to the ceremony. It was produced in coordination with GLAAD and was featured on the American Library Association’s 2021 Rainbow Book List.


When Chloe finds out that her favorite Uncle Bobby is marrying his boyfriend Jamie, she’s worried he won’t have time to hang out with her anymore. But Bobby and Jamie put her mind at ease in the weeks leading up to the wedding by spending time together and having fun as a family. The day of the wedding, Chloe helps out with the ceremony and the family has a wonderful time celebrating! 



Collage of photos of the book Uncle Bobby's Wedding, showing colorful illustrations

Illustrations from Uncle Bobby's Wedding


5. Heather Has Two Mommies

Written by Leslea Newman; Illustrated by Laura Cornell


This timeless children’s book was first published in 1989, and a colorful version with new illustrations and an updated story was released in 2016. It tells the tale of two loving mothers and their daughter, Heather. 


One day, Heather is asked to draw a picture of her family in class, and notices that all of her classmates’ families are unique and perfect in their own way – just like hers! This book offers great representation of diverse family structures, loving parents, and acceptance of others.



Photos of the book Heather Has Two Mommies, showing colorful illustrations inside

Illustrations from Heather Has Two Mommies


6. Worm Loves Worm

Written by J. J. Austrian; Illustrated by Mike Curato


When Worm meets Worm, it’s a match made in heaven! This lighthearted story about two earthworms who fall in love and get married with the help of their insect friends offers important messages about gender, inclusivity, friendship, and family. 


The worms’ pal Cricket serves as an enthusiastic wedding officiant, joined by Best Beetle, the Bride’s Bees, a lively Ant Band, and more, for a fun, festive, and gender-nonconforming wedding celebration! 




Watch this video read-along of Worm Loves Worm! 





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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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