Friday, June 3, 2016

This Day In June - A Pride Parade Celebration and definitely a picture book I wish had been read to me when I was a little kid

This Day In June by Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Kristyna Litten

It's a pride parade! From the opening spread of the crowd approaching under Rainbow balloon arches, Dykes on Bikes leading the way, with rainbow-flag waving adults and kids in "I  My Dads" T-shirts and "I LOVE MY MOMS"and "BORN THIS WAY" signs in the windows overlooking the parade route, it's a celebration in rhyme and pictures.

With proud parents in PFLAG T-shirts, drag queens and shirtless dancers, newly-weds and marching bands, HRC equality signs and politicians urging "VOTE" and so much more, we're

"All invited
All excited
This day in June we're all UNITED!"

The book also includes extensive back-matter. There's a reading guide that explains the images and content of each spread, including the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and San Francisco's colorful Victorian Houses. And a Note to Parents and Caregivers, explaining how the book "provides a positive, normalizing, and exuberant reflection of the LGBT community, and can serve as a jumping-off point for children to ask questions about sexual orientation and gender identity." It then breaks down "Talking to Children" into age categories, with suggestions for ages 3-5, 6-12, and 13-18.

Published by Magination Press, an imprint of the American Psychological Association, "This Day In June" won the 2015 Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award.

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