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Jun 17

Children's Corner - Celebrating Pride Month

Posted on June 17, 2021 at 10:32 AM by Michael Lang

Welcome to our all new Children’s Corner blog series, all about great children’s books. There are so many fantastic books in our collections that we’ll be highlighting with more being added all the time, through local and national production and NLS acquisitions. We’re so excited to share our selections with you.

June is Pride Month, a time to honor the Stonewall riots which helped spark the gay rights movement, as well as the contributions and impacts of LGBTQIA individuals and community in our history, society, and culture. This list of books includes stories celebrating diversity and helping kids to learn and ask questions leading to great understanding and empathy.

DB 95116 Stonewall: a building, an uprising, a revolution by Rob Sanders
Describes the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, which sparked the gay liberation movement in the United States, and details the history of LGBTQ rights since the riots. For grades 2-4. 2019.

DB 96225 Gay & lesbian history for kids: the century long struggle for LGBT rights, with 21 activities by Jerome Pohlen
Recounts the struggle for LGBT equality through personal stories and firsthand accounts. Chronicles the movement's key events, profiles civil rights mavericks, and highlights contributions from famous LGBT individuals and organizations. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2016.

DB 92109 And Tango makes three by Justin Richardson
At New York City's Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches. Commercial audiobook. For grades K-3. 2005.

DB 85949 This day in June by Gayle E. Pitman
A rhyming Pride parade experience. Includes end matter to serve as a primer on LGBT history and culture and to explain references made in the story. Stonewall Book Award. For grades K-3. 2014.

DBC03892 Heather has two mommies by Lesléa Newman
A pathbreaker when it was originally published twenty-five years ago, this book about a little girl with two mothers, Mama Kate and Mama Jane, cheerfully demonstrates that "each family is special".

DB 85028 I am Jazz! by Jazz Jennings and Jessica Herthel
Autobiography of Jazz Jennings, who recounts her early awareness that she is a girl in spite of male anatomy, and the acceptance she finds through a wise doctor who explains her natural transgender status. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2014.

DB 94464 The mighty heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake
Twelve-year-old Sunny St. James must navigate heart surgery, reconnections with a lost mother, the betrayal of a former best friend, first kisses, and emerging feelings for another girl. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2019.

DB 76408 Better Nate than ever by Tim Federle
Show-tune-singing, thirteen-year-old Nate feels underappreciated and stifled by his small-town life in Jankburg, Pennsylvania. He embarks on a daring adventure, traveling by bus to New York City so he can audition for a spot in E.T.: The Musical. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2013.