Recommendations by Laura M

For gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their supporters, June is a month of Pride and celebration. Here in Peterborough, we celebrate Pride in September. This year, events will take place from September 17-26. For information and updates on community events, check out the Peterborough Pride website.

I am pleased to report that the Library has some incredible books about Pride that honour love and identity! These books are so important for kids - they can provide safe spaces for them to be with their feelings; they can help them see they are not alone; they can offer support through a challenging time and they can show the incredible power of love.

It has been hard for me to narrow down a selection of books to highlight in this post, so I have organized a few of my favourite titles into topics to showcase the range of books the library offers for different ages and from different collections (fiction and nonfiction).

Enjoy and happy Pride!

Books about Pride

Pride Colors book jacket coverPride Colors by Robin Stevenson (baby-3 years)

Each colour of the pride flag stands for something special and meaningful, which is presented in this lovely board book. The gentle rhyming text and colourful photographs work beautifully together, and the message is heartwarming – be true to you, and you will always be loved!

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This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman (4-8 years)

This book is set at a joyful Pride parade, where all are invited, excited and united! At the end there is a reading guide, which provides further explanation of the images and allusions in the story as well as a note to parents and caregivers, which provides tips for talking to children about sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community by Robin Stevenson (10 years+)

Divided into four sections – the history of Pride, Pride and identity, celebrating Pride today and Pride around the world – this book provides readers with a better understanding of Pride and its history on a global scale. It is full of fantastic photos and facts (I especially love the “proud moments”), and includes resources, references, a glossary and index.

Books about Relationships
Worm Loves Worm book jacket coverWorm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian (3-7 years)

When two worms fall in love and want to get married, the question about which worm will wear the dress and which will wear the tuxedo arise. In the end, readers learn that it doesn’t matter – because ultimately worm loves worm!


Ivy Aberdeen book jacket coverIvy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake (8-12 years)

After Ivy’s home is flattened by a tornado, her most precious possession - a journal filled with drawings – goes missing. These drawings were secret since they show Ivy holding hands with a girl. As her pictures begin mysteriously showing up in her locker, along with notes encouraging her to be true to herself, Ivy sets out to get a better understanding of herself.


Magic Fish book jacket coverThe Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen (10-12 years)

A beautifully illustrated story about a young boy named Tien who is grappling how to tell his parents he is gay. Tien’s parents are refugees and struggling to learn English themselves, so Tien leans on the language of fairy tales – which is one they all love and share – to help him speak.  

 

Books about Gender

It Feels Good to be Yourself book jacket coverIt Feels Good to be Yourself: A Book about Gender Identity by Theresa Thorn (3-6 years)

What I love about this book is that it is straightforward and sensitive in its explanation of gender identity. It gives children the opportunity to gain a better understanding of themselves and others as well as an understanding of the vocabulary around gender identity.


When Aidan Became a Brother book jacket coverWhen Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff (4-7 years)

A wonderful story about a child who everyone thinks is a girl when they are born, but who later comes out as a trans boy. Aidan’s family is very supportive of Aidan and helps settle him happily into being himself. However, when Mom and Dad announce they’re having another baby Aidan is determined to get everything right, so they don’t face the same challenges he did. In the end, Aidan discovers that the most important thing about being a brother is how to love with his whole heart! 

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George by Alex Gino (8-11 years)

Even though everyone else sees George as a boy, George knows she is a girl, and she thinks this is a secret she will have to keep forever. When George’s class plans to put on a play of Charlotte’s Web, George wants to be Charlotte and decides to take steps so that she can be. 

 

Books about Families

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Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer (5-8 years)

Stella is upset when she learns her class is having a Mother’s Day celebration since she has no moms. However, with some help she realizes she has a whole crew of people who love and support her and decides to bring them all!

 

Books about Everything

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You be You: The Kid’s Guide to Gender, Sexuality, and Family by Jonathan Branfman (5 years+)

The author and illustrator indicate that their aim for this book is to help raise kids who accept themselves and others – by making gender identity, romantic orientation and family diversity easy to explain and by discussing discrimination, privilege and how to stand up for what’s right!