New Queer Parents - Books to Read and Give

By Gay's The Word

New Queer Parents - Books to Read and Give

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. 

The Unfamiliar: A Queer Motherhood Memoir

Kirsty Logan

£16.99 £16.14

The Queer Parent: Everything You Need to Know From Gay to Ze

Lotte Jeffs and Stuart Oakley

£20.00 £19.00

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. A beautiful bookshop favourite.

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

Ben Fergusson

£16.99 £16.14

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

£18.99 £18.04

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

Queer Conception: The Complete Fertility Guide for Queer and Trans Parents-to-Be

Kristin Liam Kali

£19.99 £18.99

The only evidence-based, up-to-date fertility guide for queer people from an experienced health care provider, this is also the first to be transgender inclusive and body-positive.

Supporting Queer Birth: A Book for Birth Professionals and Parents

AJ Silver


Bringing together the stories and experiences of LGBT+ parents as well as professionals in the field, this guide explains what healthcare and birth workers can do to improve care for their clients. It broadens the ability to understand those who birth and parent beyond the heteronormative and cisgender binary.

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.

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: Everything You Need to Know About LGBTQ Parenting But Are (Mostly) Afraid to Ask

Eric Rosswood

£11.95 £11.35

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

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.

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.

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

Jen Brister

£9.99 £9.49

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.

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

£16.99 £16.14

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.

Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag

A. K. Summers

£16.99 £16.14

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

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

Rebecca Schiller

£16.99 £16.14

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.

Love Makes a Family

Sophie Beer

£6.99 £6.64

Whether you have two mums, two dads, one parent, or one of each, there's one thing that makes a family a family... and that's LOVE.

Love in the Wild Board Book

Katy Tanis

£7.99 £7.59

Mommy, Mama, and Me

Leslea Newman and Carol Thompson

£7.99 £7.59

A board book for new mothers...

Daddy, Papa, and Me

Leslea Newman and Carol Thompson

£7.99 £7.59

A board book for new fathers...

The Runaway Bunny

Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd

£7.99 £7.59

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

The Odd Egg: Special 15th Anniversary Edition with Bonus Material

Emily Gravett

£6.99 £6.64

A bookshop favourite about a duck who finds his own egg and waits for it to hatch...with exciting results!

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 book 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.

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