Happy Pride Month, readers! Every year in June, Pride is a time to recognize and celebrate the joy, strength, and dignity of the LBGTQ community and the ongoing struggle for equal rights and justice.
One powerful tool we can use in this fight is stories to forge empathy and offer positive representations. In that spirit, we invite you to explore this selection of books below. This list is not meant to be comprehensive, but a starting point and an affirmation of the work parents and educators out there are doing to make all children feel safe, accepted, and special. We hope these titles can be of service in that work and want to hear from you! What books have you been reading with kids about Pride and LGBTQ lives? Let us know in the comments.
Rainbow: A First Book of Pride, written by Michael Genhart, illustrated by Anne Passchier
Appropriate for young readers ages 3 and up, this boldly illustrated picture book is a great primer for starting a conversation about Pride. Genhart uses the colors of the rainbow flag as a helpful jumping-off point for discussing LGBTQ rights and what a celebration of Pride is all about. A beautiful ode to rainbow families. Recommended for ages 3 and up
This Day In June, written by Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Kristyna Litten
Another great choice for a detailed and celebratory introduction to all things Pride. Included is a Reading Guide full of facts about LGBTQ history and culture, as well as a Note to Parents and Caregivers with information on how to talk to children about sexual orientation and gender identity in age-appropriate ways. Recommended for ages 3 and up
You Matter, written and illustrated by Christian Robinson
Christian Robinson does it again! His talent for creating simple, evocative images and words that intuitively speak to children is exceptional. This book is a beautiful new release that shouts from the rooftops that all children deserve to be loved and celebrated. It’s appropriate for younger readers, but older children will also find the illustrations and straightforward message compelling. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Papa, Daddy, and Riley, written by Seamus Kirst, illustrated by Devon Holzwarth
A family is a family is a family; families are love. These are some of the inclusive messages of Riley’s story. Beautiful watercolor and pencil illustrations accompany this celebration of loving families of all shapes and sizes. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution, written by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Jamey Christoph
Told from the perspective of the building itself, this story shares the dynamic history and legacy of the Stonewall Inn—the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ rights movement—with young readers. This book is a tribute to the power of protest and collective action in the advancement of social movements, in an accessible package. Recommended for ages 6 and up