New Queer Parents - Books to Read and Give

By Gay's The Word

By Gay's The Word

Books to read or give to a new queer parent. The list includes nonfiction, memoirs, and picture books for, about, and inclusive of LGBTQ+ parents, solo parenting, pregnancy, surrogacy, and adoption as well as great gifts for newborns and parents alike. 

We Are Family

Susan Golombok

£9.99 £9.49

Interviews and testimonies from lesbian mothers, gay fathers, single parents, donor conception parents, co-parents, trans parents, surrogates, and donors as well as their children.

Small: On motherhoods

Claire Lynch

£8.99 £8.54

A memoir about two mums, three daughters, IVF, and the small parenting moments.

Tales from the Fatherland: Two Dads, One Adoption and the Meaning of Parenthood

Ben Fergusson

£16.98 £16.13

A memoir from fiction author Ben Fergusson about he and his husband's journey to fatherhood.

How We Do Family: From Adoption to Trans Pregnancy, What We Learned about Love and LGBTQ Parenthood

Trystan Reese

£18.98 £18.03

A brand new memoir from author and activist Trystan Reese about trans pregnancy and adoption.

Panic & Joy: My Solo Path to Motherhood

Emma Brockes

£9.99 £9.49

A solo parenting memoir from journalist Emma Brockes. Readers might also enjoy Going Solo by Genevieve Roberts (who is straight).

The Ultimate Guide for Gay Dads

Eric Rosswood

£11.95 £11.35

All you needed to know as a new gay dad, includes information and perspectives on surrogacy and adoption.

Expecting: The Inner Life of Pregnancy

Chitra Ramaswamy

£12.99 £12.34

A memoir from an expectant lesbian birth mother in a same-sex relationship. Edinburgh-based journalist Chitra Ramaswamy's writing is in turns literary and honest as it moves through the 9 months of pregnancy.

Your No Guilt Pregnancy Plan: A revolutionary guide to pregnancy, birth and the weeks that follow

Rebecca Schiller

£14.99 £14.24

Written by the founder of Birth Rights, this is a mainstream pregnancy book that covers pregnancy, birth, and new parenthood with inclusive language and testimonies from women who are solo parenting and in same-sex partnerships.

The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did): THE #1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

Philippa Perry

£10.99 £10.44

Philippa Perry with parenting advice you won't forget. Inclusive language throughout.

Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag

A. K. Summers

£16.98 £16.13

From Pregnant Butch to Postpartum Butch, this is a graphic memoir that you will want to re-read.

The Other Mother: a memoir for ALL parents (not the smug ones)

Jen Brister

£8.99 £8.54

Writing from the perspective a tried-and-true parent of small children, comedian Jen Brister traces her and her partner's experiences of motherhood from fertility treatments to toddlerhood with twins.

The Argonauts

Maggie Nelson

£9.99 £9.49

Maggie Nelson's poetic and intellectual exploration of her intimate relationship with her partner who transitions as she becomes pregnant with their first child.

Confessions of the Other Mother: Nonbiological Lesbian Moms Tell All!

£15.99 £15.19

In Confessions of the Other Mother, author Harlyn Aizley collates personal stories by women who, like her partner, are creating new parenting roles, redefining motherhood, and reshaping our view of two-parent families. This candid peek into a previously unexamined side of lesbian parenting is full of stories that are sometimes humorous, sometimes moving, but at all times celebratory.

Easier Ways to Say I Love You

Lucy Fry

£8.99 £8.54

Sometimes the pathway to parenthood is messy. Lucy Fry is brutally honest in her memoir about trust, desire, polyamory, and queer family making.

Daddy, Papa, and Me

Leslea Newman and Carol Thompson

£6.99 £6.64

A board book for new fathers...

Mommy, Mama, and Me

Leslea Newman and Carol Thompson

£6.99 £6.64

A board book for new mothers...

What Makes A Baby

Cory Silverberg

£13.99 £13.29

A brilliant picture book for children to explain how they came to be within the (bio)logical family that loves them. Conception is explained outside of sex and gender: just egg, sperm, uterus, and, most importantly, the people who were there when the baby was born.

Making A Baby: An Inclusive Guide to How Every Family Begins

Rachel Greener and Clare Owen

£11.99 £11.39

An informative picture that covers sex, sperm and egg donation, IUI, IVF, surrogacy and adoption, as well as explaining how a baby grows in the womb and about different kinds of births.

Forever Star

Gareth Peter and Judi Abbot

£6.99 £6.64

An excellent book about adoption set in outer space about two dads who find their child on a forever star.

And Tango Makes Three

Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell, et al.

£7.99 £7.59

Who doesn't love gay penguins who hatch their own little one?

The Runaway Bunny

Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd

£6.99 £6.64

A classic written by bisexual author Margaret Wise Brown. A mother rabbit and her bunny, perfect for solo mums.

Plenty of Hugs

Fran Manushkin

£13.99 £13.29

A sweet picture book featuring two mums where life is plentiful, especially in hugs and love.

My Daddies!

Gareth Peter and Garry Parsons

£6.99 £6.64

The delightful adventures of a child and their two dads.

The Pirate Mums

Jodie Lancet-Grant and Lydia Corry

£6.99 £6.64

Sometimes mums are just embarrassing, but sometimes they're actually brilliant and save the day. For swashbuckling mums everywhere...

The Marvellous Doctors for Magical Creatures

Jodie Lancet-Grant and Lydia Corry

£6.99 £6.64

The second book from this author/illustrator duo about two magical vet dads and their brilliant daughter.

Under the Love Umbrella

Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys

£7.99 £7.59

A tried-and-true bookshop favourite that reminds the child they are loved wherever they are. Features three families: a solo dad/parent, two mums, and a heterosexual couple.

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