In a society where there are countless opportunities for children to be influenced by outside media, ideals, and negativity, it's not longer an option to start your child's education about inclusivity at a young age — it's necessary. To teach your child about diversity and acceptance in a way they understand, I suggest turning to my favorite teaching aid: books. There are tons of wonderful books that teach kids about LGBTQ families. And although any time of year is perfect to teach your children about LGBTQ families and how to be an ally, June is an especially wonderful time of year to kickstart your child's education because it's National LGBTQ Pride Month.
The best part about books that teach kids about LGBTQ families, is that they offer children the opportunity to read about different kinds of families. These books share with children the beautiful fact that not everyone comes from a "traditional" family, and that, regardless of what kind of family you come from, your family is beautiful, loving, and just as important as anyone else's family. Showing your children the rich diversity of blended families in the world at a young age will not only teach them how to be inclusive, but also how to celebrate diversity. Not sure where to start? Read on for 11 books to teach your child about LGBTQ families.