BOOKS FOR LGBTQ+ CHILDREN DURING AND AFTER PRIDE MONTH
Our children’s education wouldn’t be complete without books. A storytime is a great place for children to acquire vital life skills, whether they’re learning their ABCs or settling down before bed with a fairy tale. June, or Pride month, is a great time to think about love, diversity, and acceptance, among other topics.
All year long, these ten books for young LGBTQ+ people will help you celebrate Pride and honor those who have fought for equality.
What Are Your Words? A Book About Pronouns
Ari prefers to be referred to as either “she” or “he” depending on the situation. Ari, the protagonist, embarks on a trip to discover the finest pronouns for themselves.
Ari gets to know their neighbors and finds out what pronouns they use. When it comes to gender pronouns, this book explains what they signify and reassures your children that it may take some time for them to find their pronouns.
What Riley Wore
Riley, the protagonist of “What Riley Wore,” is a fashion fanatic. Wearing clothes that reflect his mood is something of a hobby for him. You might see him in a superhero cape at the dentist, and at school, he might be dressed as a bunny. Everything depends on how he feels. Despite the pressures of society, his outspoken writing style encourages readers to stay true to themselves.
Rainbow: A First Book of Pride
Raising a child is best done by two mothers and a father or single parents. The book also explains the significance of the rainbow stripes’ colors. To teach your child about the significance of colors, you can teach them that red represents life, orange represents healing, violet represents the spirit, indigo reflects peace, and turquoise represents art.
Heather Has Two Mommies
It’s no secret that Heather, the protagonist, has a thing for twos. As a result of this, she has two sets of parents. While in school, Heather is asked about her father, and she admits that she doesn’t have one. They discover that no artwork is the same and no family is the same when they are asked to create an image of themselves and their loved ones. There is no better or worse kind of family.
The most important thing about a family isn’t who’s in it, but that it’s filled with love. This book, which is over 30 years old, teaches us this.
They, She, He Easy as ABC
The book begins with a scene in a club. There are 26 kids who symbolize each letter of the alphabet in the following 35 pages. We learn the pronouns of the characters while they do their dancing routines. In her book, Maya Gonzalez explains the significance of pronouns such as she, they, him, and so on in identifying the LGBTQ+ population.
It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity
Gender identity is introduced in a simple manner in this picture book. This book’s fundamental theme is simple: each person’s gender identification is unique. Transgender artist Noah Grigni will help bring these ideas to life with his vibrant illustrations.
Pink is for Boys
However, in Robb Pearlman’s novel, pink is not just for girls. Pink and blue are given new meanings in this book, causing us to reevaluate our preconceived notions about gender. Additionally, it encourages us to appreciate all of the hues in nature.
“Pink is for Boys” teaches children that it’s okay to be in love with whatever makes them happy, regardless of gender.
Pride, The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag
Based on a true incident, this picture book tells a heartwarming tale about the origins of the rainbow flag. In 1978, a graphic designer named Gilbert Baker was commissioned by activist Harvey Milk to create the first version of the flag.
LBGTQ+ history has been reduced into a narrative that is understandable to young children.
From Archie to Zack
Both Archie and Zack, the book’s central characters, have feelings for one another but haven’t told the other. Archie decides to write a letter to Zack and mail it to express his feelings. In the end, it’s a bigger challenge than he anticipated.
Archie hides his letters instead of delivering them to Zack. Zack gets the letters thanks to Archie’s best friends. There is a chance that reading this book with your child can help them understand what it means to experience early-life gay love.
Pride 123″ is an excellent resource for teaching your children how to count from 1-10 while they go through the Pride march with you. Readers will be inspired to embrace their individuality and express their individuality through the lens of the LGBTQ+ community.