We are so lucky to live in a state with so much culture. June is upon us, and while the Portland pride parade has been moved to July, there are hundreds of kid-friendly events and gatherings in Oregon to celebrate the LGBTQ community. Get your kids amped for pride with these books.
Pride by Rob Sanders – With colorful illustrations and easy-to-understand language, this tells the story of Harvey Milk and the rainbow flag we’re all familiar with.
This Day in June by Gayle Pitman – A fun story about a family’s day at their town’s pride parade.
Queer Heroes by Arabella Sicardi – This is so much fun. The illustrations are amazing, and kids will love reading about incredible people in the queer community.
Pride 1 2 3 by Michael Joosten – For babies and toddlers, it’s a colorful counting boardbook incorporating elements of pride into each number.
The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish by Lil Miss Hot Mess – A play on the popular song, The Wheels on the Bus, this is a hilarious and fun book using drag queens to keep the rhythm and words fun and silly.
Stonewall by Rob Sanders – The history of the Stonewall Inn and its role in the civil rights movement for LGBTQ people. This is an incredible resource for children and parents alike.
Pride Puppy by Robin Stevenson – A cute ABC book celebrating the LGBTQ community who helps find a missing puppy during a pride festival.
Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution by Joy Michael Ellison – The true story of Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P Johnson, the two transgender women who started the Stonewall Riots and worked hard to make sure the trans community was heard and seen.
For a more comprehensive list of children’s books with LGBTQ themes, check out www.mutuallyinclusivebooks.com. And, as always, check out your local bookstore for these titles. If they aren’t already on the shelves, ask them to order them for you – it usually only takes a couple of days to receive them. Happy reading!
Ruthie Prasil is a mom to six children living in the Portland area, born and raised in the PNW. When she’s not making snacks, doing laundry or cleaning the kitchen, Ruthie loves going to the beach, reading, watching The Real Housewives and anything scary, and eating delicious food with an incredible cocktail. If you love stories about terrible school pickup lines, uninteresting school lunches, and so many mommy fails, follow her on IG at @ruthiep1985.