Happy Pride Month, friends!
Pride is a celebration of the dignity, personhood, and the beauty of diversity in the LGBTQ+ community. It's also a reminder of the importance of visibility, of advocacy, and of the work yet to be done in a pursuit of equality for all.
Last year for Pride, I shared some of my family's very favorite Pride-themed children's storybooks. [Click here for last year's post]. As I mentioned in that post, while I loved each of the storybooks, I couldn't help but notice that our storybook library was lacking in the voices and perspectives of BIPOC individuals overall (and in Pride-themed titles in particular). After publishing the post, I also noticed a similar pattern with a lack of transgender authors on our shelves. I committed to doing better, and the good news is - over the past twelve months, our library has become significantly more diverse!
So for Pride 2021 I've compiled another list of children's storybooks, all of which we have on our shelves at home. Each of the five books below are either (1) written by a BIPOC author and/or illustrator; (2) written by a transgender author and/or illustrator; and/or (3) depicting the perspectives of BIPOC family life in a particularly meaningful way.
To all my LGBTQ+ family: You are seen. You are valued. You are loved.
My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis (illustrated by Suzanne DeSimone)
© 2009 New York: Aladdin Publishing
Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
© 2018 Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press
They, She, He: Easy as ABC by Maya Gonzalez & Matthew SG
© 2019 San Francisco: Reflection Press
When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff (illustrated by Kaylani Juanita)
© 2019 New York: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Umi & Uma: The Story of Two Mommies and a Baby by Nyesha & Samantha Davis-Williams
© 2018 New York: Wooden Roses Publishing
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