Children’s Books to Help Celebrate Pride Month

In honor of Pride Month, which is an annual celebration of gender identity for people of all ages, this post includes some of the many LGBTQAI+-friendly children’s books that our librarians recommend, followed by a list of a few LGBTQAI+ resources for parents.

Here is a selection of our staff’s favorite related picture books from our children’s collection. Click on a book title below to take you to our online catalog where you can view a brief summary of the book and also place it on hold, if you’d like.


The Adventures of Honey and Leon by Alan Cumming

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Daddy, Papa, and Me by Lesléa Newman

Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne and Max Lang

The Family Book by Todd Parr

Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O’Leary

Harriet Gets Carried Away by Jessie Sima

Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman

Home At Last by Vera Williams

In Our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco

Jerome by Heart by Thomas Scotto

Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

King and King by Linda de Haan

Maiden & Princess by Daniel Haack

My Two Moms and Me by Michael Joosten

Our Rainbow by Little Bee Books

Plum by Sean Hayes and Scott Icenogle

Pride Colors by Robin Stevenson

Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack

Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart

Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer

When Aidan Became A Brother by Kyle Lukoff

Willow and the Wedding by Denise Brennan-Nelson

Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian


I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders

Sewing the Rainbow: A Story About Gilbert Baker by Gayle E. Pitman

Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution. by Rob Sanders

This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman

The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig by Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter

When You Look Out the Window: How Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin Built a Community by Gayle E. Pitman

For more information on Pride Month, see:

For more information on learning about gender identity and talking with your children about gender identity, see:

New Outdoor Story Walk

The library has a brand-new outdoor story walk! Families can follow the stations, reading a book as they go along. The story walk is located on the lawn behind the patio, and it is always open.

The current book is You Are a Lion!: And Other Fun Yoga Poses by Taeeun Yoo, and it encourages not only reading but also active movement.

After you read each page, you can practice being the animal and doing the yoga pose that it corresponds to, or you can simply enjoy reading the pages as you walk along the lawn.

Check it out, and let us know what you think!

Welcome Back to Wonderland!

Welcome back to Wonderland! Tomorrow – Tuesday June 23 – our library opens back up to the public, and we are very much looking forward to seeing our young patrons again!

We want you to know that the library, including the children’s department, looks just a little different, as we adhere to social distancing and other virus-initiated protocols.

Here’s what to expect for you and your children when you visit the children’s room …

When you arrive at the library:

  • A maximum of 60 people are allowed in the library building at any given time (including staff and service workers). An automatic people counter device keeps track of the number of people entering and exiting the building. Please be prepared to wait outside the building, if necessary, at designated spots to the right of the front door.
  • Every person entering the building (including children) is required to stop to have their temperature read by the thermal temperature reader inside the front door.
  • Face masks are required for every person in the building over the age of 2. If you do not have a mask, the library will provide you with one.
  • Please do not visit the library if you are exhibiting any signs of the virus. We are still happy to help you over the phone, and both our contactless curbside pickup and our drive-up holds window will remain in service.
  • Returns must be dropped off at the drive-up book drop or in the bin outside the front of the library. No returns will be accepted inside the building.
  • You must maintain at least six feet of space between you and other people. Many directional signs will help with the flow of people throughout the library.
  • The second floor is closed, but adult reference librarians are available in the café space to assist patrons and retrieve items that are kept upstairs.
  • The café is closed.
  • Public restrooms are still available in the front lobby.
  • The water fountains in the building are not usable.
  • The Friends of the Library bookstore is closed, and no donations are accepted at this time.
  • Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Youth Services department:

  • Please stop at the Information Station at the entrance to the room, staffed by the children’s librarians. This is where you can ask questions of any kind and retrieve prize bags and other Summer Learning Program materials.
  • Most materials are still available for checkout: books, themed book bundles, DVDs, CDs, tablets, playaways, video games, books on CD, puzzles, and some STEM kits.
  • Puppets are not available for checkout at this time.
  • The Born to Play Room is closed, and all of the toys and computers in the children’s department have been put away.
  • The Teen Room is closed. However, our staff is happy to retrieve any items that you would like to check out from the Teen Room.
  • All study rooms in the library are closed.
  • The patio is closed to the public.
  • You may use the public restroom in the children’s room: one is designated for staff use, and one is for the public.
  • We have lots of directional signs and floor signs to help create a smooth and safely-distanced flow of people in the room.
  • We have placed large bins throughout the room for you to put books and materials that you have handled but do not want to check out.
  • You may still use the self-checkout machine in the children’s room.
  • You may pick up Summer Learning Program prizes in the room (at the Information Station) or call us to request a curbside pickup.
  • Please keep your young children with you while in the library, including the children’s room.

We know that there are many changes, and that our spaces and services will look a bit different at this time. But we have a wide variety of materials for you to check out, and we are happy to help you find what you need – just ask!

We hope to see you soon!

Coloring Pages from Therapy Dog Bing

Our furry friend Bing is one of the therapy dogs who visits our library often for Tail Waggin’ Tutors. While she has been at home these past few months, his owner had a friend make some coloring pages of Bing and his brothers for us to share with our young patrons. They are posted here on our Crafts & Activities page for you to download and color! There will be a new page available each week this summer, for a total of ten pages.


Bing was rescued by GRIN (Golden Retrievers In Need) when he was 5 months old and was adopted a month later when he was 6 months old.  Bing attended formal dog training with his owners, and three days after he turned one year old, he passed both his TDI (Therapy Dogs International) and CGC (Canine Good Citizen) tests on the same day! Bing visits the Cleveland Clinic and a few libraries in the area, including the Hudson Library.


Nugget is Bing’s older brother, and he is also a therapy dog at local hospitals. Nugget loves to carry his leash in his mouth and stays right with his owners when walking at the local park. His owner calls him a natural therapy dog – everyone loves Nugget, and he loves everyone right back!


Casper is Bing’s other brother, and is “the sweetest boy” as his owner calls him. He loves people and dogs. Casper is not a therapy dog, but someday he would like to be a search-and-rescue dog!

A big thank you to Bing’s, Nugget’s, and Casper’s owner, Amy, for sharing these coloring pages with us. We are excited to see Bing back at the library, when Tail Waggin’ Tutors is able to start up again!

Meet the Staff: Ms. Casey

Ms. Casey with the sequoia trees in Sequoia National Park, CA

In this edition of “Meet the Staff,” we learn a little more about our newest staff member, Ms. Casey!

A 2019 University of Akron graduate, Ms. Casey really enjoys being a member of the Youth Services staff at the Hudson Library. She loves being surrounded by books that she wants to read all day! One of her favorite things about the library is reading a book on the outdoor patio.

Her favorite storybook character is Winnie the Pooh, and she is a big fan of any Elephant and Piggie book by Mo Willems. When she is reading in her spare time, she often chooses books that are memoirs or historical fiction.

Ms. Casey enjoys spending time outdoors, including walking on the local national park trails, biking on the Towpath, and visiting farmers markets in the summer. She’s also working on expanding her balcony garden to grow house plants, herbs, and vegetables.

Her other hobbies include baking, cooking, trying new recipes, playing piano, reading, playing board games, and doing yoga. Ms. Casey started our “Story and a Stretch” program earlier this year, as a way to combine literacy and exercise for preschoolers.

She also loves dogs! She has two dogs who live with her parents, and she’s excited to someday get a dog of her own, too.

Fun fact about Ms. Casey: Her dream is to own a goat farm!

Kids’ Crafts & Activities on the Blog

Here on the Youth Services blog, we now have a page of crafts and activities that our staff has made for our young patrons. The page is easily accessible in the top menu on each blog page.

Make a monster puppet, create a car wash for your toy cars, practice some zen art, or take our body and mind challenge! There are many possibilities, and each one can be done at home and with materials that you already have.

On this new crafts and activities page, you will find a variety of crafts, as well as printable games and challenges, and also crafts from specific children’s programs at our library. Each project is both viewable and printable as a PDF file. Have fun completing them!

We would love to see what you create and appreciate any feedback you have about other items we can provide.

We will be adding to this page regularly, so please check back often!

Picture Books that Celebrate Diversity

We all know that books can broaden our views of the world and provide us a window or a door into the lives of people who are different from us: different cultures, ethnicities, historical time periods, and even worlds. Books can also be a mirror for us, showing us characters who are much like ourselves, facing life and challenges similar to our own. In difficult times, we turn to books to learn, to grow, to entertain, and to comfort. 

Stories can affect even the youngest children in the very same way. And what they learn from books can help shape who they become later on and how they will perceive people and events in their world.

In response to recent events—and because these are some of their best-loved choices, regardless – our children’s librarians have created a list of some of their favorite picture books that feature children of color.

Click on a book title below to take you to our online catalog where you can view a brief summary of the book and also place it on hold, if you’d like.

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller and Jen Hill

The Big Bed by Bunmi Laditan

Cece Loves Science by Kimberly Derting and Shelli R. Johannes

City Green by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan

Cool Cuts by Mechal Renee Roe

Crown: Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes

Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

Dear Dragon by Josh Funk

Double Bass Blues by Andrea J. Loney

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

Early Sunday Morning by Denene Millner

Every Little Thing by Bob Marley and Cedella Marley

Grace for President by Kelly S. DiPucchio

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry

Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin

The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster

I Am Enough by Grace Byers

I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison

I Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn

I Just Want to Say Good Night by Rachel Isadora

I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont

I Love My Hair! by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

Imani’s Moon by JaNay Brown-Wood

Islandborn by Junot Díaz

I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness by Kerascoët

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

Keats’s Neighborhood by Ezra Jack Keats

The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson

Mama’s Nightingale by Edwidge Danticat

Max and the Tag-Along Moon by Floyd Cooper

Mixed Me by Taye Diggs

My Hair Is a Garden by Cozbi A. Cabrera

My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay by Cari Best

Not Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin

Octopus Stew by Eric Velasquez

One Word from Sophia by Jim Averbeck

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson

Parker Looks Up by Parker Curry and Jessica Curry

Raising Dragons by Jerdine Nolen

Reading Beauty by Deborah Underwood

Ron’s Big Mission by Rose Blue and Corinne Naden

Saturday by Oge Mora

Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o

Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora

That Is My Dream! by Langston Hughes

Violet’s Music by Angela Johnson

The Water Princess by Susan Verde and Georgie Badiel

We Are Grateful by Traci Sorrell

We’re Different, We’re the Same by Bobbi Kates

What If… by Samantha Berger

The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds