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Children’s Books to Celebrate Pride Month

Ms. Chrys's Picks
Ms. Chrys's Picks

Looking for ways to honor and celebrate Pride Month with your little ones?

We checked in with our own Chrystyan Williams, Frazer‘s Curriculum Coordinator and resident children’s book lover. Here are her recommendations.


Ms. Chrys’s Picks:

TO INFORM AND APPRECIATE

It’s important to know the history of your nation, including the journey of gender and sexual orientation liberation. These books shed light on some historical moments and movements in LGBTQ history.

Be Amazing: A History of Pride
Written by Desmond Is Amazing
Illustrated by Dylan Glynn
Ages 3–6

Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution
Written by Joy Michael Ellison
Illustrated by Teshika Silver
Ages 4–8

Sewing the Rainbow: The Story of Gilbert Baker and the Rainbow Flag
Written by Gayle E. Pitman, PhD
Illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown
Ages 4–8

Love is Love
Written by Michael Genhart
Illustrated by Ken Min
Ages 4–8


GENDERLESS EXPRESSION

As grown-ups, sometimes we forget how much we equate our outward representations of ourselves (expression) and sexual orientation according to the “rules” and “norms” of society. The books in this list remind us of all the joys of self-expression with no ties to gender identity. 

Rainbow Hands
Written by Mamta Nainy
Illustrated by Jo Loring-Fisher
Ages 5–8

What Riley Wore
Written by Elana K Arnold
Illustrated by Linda Davick
Ages 4–8

When Grandpa Gives You a Toolbox
Written by Jamie Deenihan
Illustrated by Lorraine Rocha
Ages 3–7

Neither
Written and Illustrated by Airlie Anderson
Ages 4–8


AN ARRAY OF AWESOMENESS—General Representation

Books are meant to serve as “mirrors, windows, and/or sliding glass doors” [—Rudine Sims Bishop] for readers. Most times, we find that our differences add a touch of “awesome” to our hearts that we in turn share with others. Look through these titles to see a whole bunch of different and even more awesomeness. 

Lovely
Written and Illustrated by Jess Hong
Ages 4–8

Julián at the Wedding
Written and Illustrated by Jessica Love
Ages 4–8

A Church for All
Written by Gayle E. Pitman
Illustrated by Laure Fournier
Ages 3–5

Our Rainbow
By Little Bee Books
A board book for toddlers about the colors of the rainbow flag.