Hello, little readers! Happy Pride Month! June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and picture books are showing more and more amazing representation. Let’s celebrate this month by reading these fantastic Pride-ful picture books!
Julián is a Mermaidby Jessica Love
Julián is with his abuela when he sees three lovely ladies glammed up in dresses that end in fish tails. When he gets home, he decides to make his own version of their costumes. But will the mess he makes overshadow his creative design? And what will Abuela think? Available as an e-book on Overdrive.
KEEP THE STORY GOING: Ask your child if they could be anything what would it be? Use materials around the house to create a costume for it!
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino
Morris loves using his imagination. He goes on space adventures and paints amazing pictures and sings as loud as he can. He also loves the bright orange dress in the class dress-up center. But everyone tells Morris that dresses are for girls and astronauts don’t wear dresses. So Morris stays home from school one day, and he finds the courage to be different! Available as an e-book on Hoopla.
KEEP THE STORY GOING: Ask your child if there’s something they want to differently than everyone else. Help them do it or have them draw a picture of how they want to do it!
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
This sweet true story tells the story of two male penguins who partnered together at the Central Park Zoo. When a female penguin lays an extra egg, the zookeeper gives the egg to Roy and Silo. They take care of the egg until it hatches and raise the penguin chick together. Available as an e-audiobook on Hoopla.
KEEP THE STORY GOING: Talk to your child about how all families are different. Draw pictures together of all the different families you know and send them as gifts!
Pride Colors by Robin Stevenson
Each color of the Pride flag has a special meaning. This rhyming book features photos of children in Pride colors and explains the meaning behind each one. Available as an e-book on Hoopla.
KEEP THE STORY GOING: Ask your child to make a flag with their favorite colors from the story. Hang it up in their room or on their door!
Love is Love by Michael Genhart
A young boy learns the power of words when he’s made fun of for wearing a rainbow shirt. He tells his friend that he and his two dads are not that different from other families—they love each other just the same. And love is what families are all about. Available as an e-book on Hoopla.
KEEP THE STORY GOING: Talk to your child about ways you show each other how much you love each other!