Clicking on the links below will take you to Amazon where you can purchase the books through the Pop Luck Club's portal, which will benefit the organization.

Many of these books, along with other books and videos, are available for loan through the LA Gay & Lesbian Center's Family Services Program's Lending Library. Click here for additional information, or email [email protected]. Please feel free to submit additional books for consideration! Send your contributions to [email protected].

Spotlight: Gay Dads: A Celebration of Fatherhood

Gay Dads: A Celebration of Fatherhood, by Pop Luck Club dad David Strah, offers inspiring portraits of gay men and their families from all across America.

An evolution has quietly been occurring in the world of parenting. Recent surveys reveal that millions of children have found loving homes either by being born to, or adopted by, gay men. This book is a celebration of these remarkable new families.

The book includes twenty-five personal accounts from men describing their unique journeys to fatherhood and the struggles and successes they have experienced as they raise their children. This is the first book to provide such an expansive exploration of this extraordinary new family unit. With beautiful black-and-white photographs of each of the families, Gay Dads is a moving tribute to familial love.




An Orphan No More

OrphanNoMore.pngAn Orphan No More: The True Story of a Boy: chapter one celebrates the concept that love is love. Rodney has long dreamed of being a parent. Although he is told that he cannot be a parent alone, fate has much more in store. Rodney discovers that a selfless act of protection actually becomes his first step toward fatherhood. Little Jordy, an orphaned duckling, has discoveries of his own: he learns the meaning of love, of family, and what it's like to feel the pain of being different. Through a bedtime story, Jordy learns of his namesake, a little boy named Jordan, who was also orphaned as a baby. Will similar beginnings lead to similar fates? Only time will tell.

Olympic diving hopeful Jordan Windle and his two dads Jerry & Andres live in North Carolina. They visited West Hollywood on May 7, 2016 and did a special reading of their new children's book, "An Orphan No More: The True Story of a Boy." The West Hollywood City Council presented Jordan with a commendation and his mentor Olympic diver Greg Louganis was in attendance.

Children's Books with Inclusive Textual and/or Visual Representations of Gay Families

123.jpeg123: A Family Counting Book, by Bobbie Combs, illustrated by Danamarie Hosler, 2001.PLC NOTE: About numbers only, but pictures include gay, lesbian, ethnically diverse families, etc.





ABC.jpegABC: A Family Alphabet Book
, by Bobbie Combs, illustrated by Desiree Kean and Brian Rappa, 2001.








Emma.jpegEmma and Meesha My Boy: A Two Mom Story, by Kaitlyn Taylor Considine, 2004.








Everywhere.jpegEverywhere Babies, by Susan Meyers, illustrated by Marla Frazee, 2001.








DaddyPapa.jpegHow My Family Came to Be: Daddy, Papa and Me, by Andrew R. Aldrich, illustrated by Mike Motz, 2003.









Mama.jpegMama Eat Ant, Yuck!, by Barbara Lynn Edmonds, 2000.










OneDad.jpegOne Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dad,by Johnny Valentine, illustrated by Melody Sarecky, 2004.









Family.jpegThe Family Book, by Todd Parr, 2003.









NewGoldilocks.jpegThe New Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Papa Bear, Daddy Bear, and Baby Bear by Beth McMurray (Author, Illustrator)







WhosIn.jpegWho's In A Family?, by Robert Skutch, illustrated by Laura Nienhaus, 1998.









Children's Books with Gay Characters, Storylines, or Gay-Related Issues

Fabulous.jpegThe Boy Who Cried Fabulous, by Leslie Newman, illustrated by Peter Ferguson, 2004.








King & King, by Linda DeHaan & Stern Nijland, 2002.








King2.jpegKing & King & Family, by Linda DeHaan & Stern Nijland, 2004.








Sissy.jpegThe Sissy Duckling, by Harvey Fierstein, illustrated by Henry Cole, 2002.






Children’s Books with Textual and/or Visual Representations of Dads Only

DadMine.jpegDad Mine, by Dawn Apperley, Jane Kamp, and Clare Waters, 2003.










DaddyBook.jpegThe Daddy Book, by Todd Parr, 2002.








Guess.jpegGuess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram, 1996.







WhatDaddies.jpegWhat Daddies Do Best, by Laura Numeroff Joffe and Lynn Munsinger, 2001.










Children's Books about “The Facts Of Life" with Positive Gay Inclusion

Perfectly.jpegIt's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex & Sexual Health by Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Michael Emberley, 1996.









Amazing.jpegIt's So Amazing! A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families,by Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Michael Emberley, 1999.









Children’s Books about Issues of Diversity or Special Interest

Tango.jpegAnd Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, Illustrated by Henry Cole, 2005.






Beatrice.jpegBeatrice's Goat, by Page McBrier, illustrated by Lori Lohstoeter, 2001. PLC NOTE: About poverty and charity.







BestColors.jpegBest Best Colors/Los Mejores Colores, by Eric Hoffman, Eida De La Vega (Translator), illustrated by Celeste Henriquez, 1999.






Kranny.jpegFranny B. Kranny, There's a Bird in Your Hair, by Harriet Lerner, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, 2001.










Gentle.jpegI Call My Hand Gentle, by Amanda Haan, illustrated by Marina Sagona, 2003.







Okay.jpegIt's Okay to be Different, by Todd Parr, 2001.








JackJim.jpegJack & Jim, by Kitty Crowther, 2000.








OddVelvet.jpegOdd Velvet, by Mary Whitcomb, illustrated by Tara Calahan King, 1998.








WholeHuman.pngThe Whole Human Race, by Tim McFadden, 2003. - Available at this website for $9.95.


Books for Youth

HowItFeels.jpgHow It Feels to Have a Gay or Lesbian Parent: A Book by Kids for Kids of All Ages, by Judith E. Snow, 2004.









Books for Adults about Gay Parenting

For an extensive selection of adult and kids' books about adoption, visit Tapestry Books.

ForeverDads.jpgForever Dads: A Gay Couple's Journey to Fatherhood, by Dr. Tony Zimbardi-LeMons, PsyD, LMFT 2010










Who's Your Daddy? And Other Writings on Queer Parenting, by Rachel Epstein, 2009.


ParentingGuide.jpegThe Complete Lesbian and Gay Parenting Guide , by Arlene Istar Lev, LCSW, CASAC, 2004.












FamiliesOfValue.jpegFamilies of Value: Personal Profiles of Pioneering Lesbian and Gay Parents, by Robert A. Bernstein, 2005.











FamiliesLikeMine.jpegFamilies Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is, by Abigail Garner, 2004.












FamiliesWeChoose.jpegFamilies We Choose, by K. Weston, 1991.












Fatherhood.jpgFatherhood for Gay Men: An Emotional and Practical Guide to Becoming a Gay Dad, by Kevin McGarry, 2003.









GayBy.jpegThe Gay Baby Boom: The Psychology of Gay Parenthood, by S.M. Johnson & E. O'Conner, 2002.











GayFathers.jpegGay Fathers: Encouraging the Hearts of Gay Dads and Their Families, by R.L. Barret and B.E. Robinson, 2000 revised edition.











Stork.jpgHelping the Stork : The Choices and Challenges of Donor Insemination, by Carol Vercollone, Heidi Moss, and Robert Moss, 1997.









The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant: An Adoption Story, by Dan Savage, 2000.

Lesbian and Gay Families: Redefining Parenting in America (The Changing Family), by J.S. Pollack, 1995.

Lesbian and Gay Families Speak Out: Understanding the Joys and Challenges of Diverse Family Life, by J.L. Drucker and H. Schulweis, 2001.

Lesbian and Gay Parenting Handbook : Creating and Raising Our Families, by A. Martin, 1993.

Love Makes a Family: Portraits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Parents and Their Families, by G. Kaeser, 1999.

Out of the Ordinary : Essays on Growing Up with Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Parents, by N. Howey and E. Samuels, 2000.

Queer Families, Common Agendas: Gay People, Lesbians, and Family Values, edited by T. Richard Sullivan, 1999.

The Queer Parent's Primer: A Lesbian and Gay Families Guide, by S.A. Brill, 2001.

Reinventing the Family: The Emerging Story of Lesbian and Gay Parents, by L. Benkov, 1995.

Sons Talk About Their Gay Fathers, by Andrew R. Gottlieb, 2003.

The Velveteen Father: An Unexpected Journey to Parenthood, by Jesse Green, 2000.


Books about Parenting

Dear Parent - Caring for Infants with Respect, by Magda Gerber, 2003 updated edition.

Your Self Confident Baby, by Magda Gerber, 1997.

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