June is Pride Month! Every week in June, Magination Press Family will post a piece featuring books in our Rainbow Collection.
Magination Press is proud to offer books for kids and teens that celebrate LBGTQ+ voices and promote inclusive school and family values. Our books:
- are evidence-based and written by child development experts
- come with guides for caregivers and resources to further books’ messaging in the classroom, in the community, and at home
- backed by the American Psychological Association’s mission to benefit society and improve lives
Some of our titles for young readers focus on pride itself, the rainbow flag, and LBGTQ+ community leaders. For example:
- Rainbow: A First Book of Pride, by Michael Genhart, PhD, explores the meaning of pride and of the different colors in the rainbow flag in a format perfect for young readers. Read a piece Dr. Genhart wrote about writing Rainbow: A First Book of Pride.
Three books by Gayle E. Pitman, PhD explore various aspects of LBGTQ+ history and experience for young readers:
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- Sewing the Rainbow: The Story of Gilbert Baker and the Rainbow Flag was selected for the American Library Association’s 2020 Rainbow List. It tells the powerful story of Gilbert Baker and the creation of the rainbow flag.
- This Day in June shares the sights, sounds, and people celebrating at a Pride festival. It won a Stonewall Book Award and was a Top Ten Selection for the ALA Rainbow List. Read an interview with Dr. Pitman about writing This Day in June.
- When You Look Out the Window: How Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin Built a Community shows how one couple’s activism transformed their community—and had ripple effects throughout the world.
In upcoming posts we’ll explore Magination Press books about gender identity and expression, LBGTQ+ families, and books for LBGTQ+ teens.
Check out our whole Rainbow Collection!
Related Books from Magination Press
Rainbow: A First Book of Pride
A must-have primer for young readers and a great gift for pride events and throughout the year, beautiful colors all together make a rainbow in Rainbow: A First Book of Pride.
This is a sweet ode to rainbow families, and an affirming display of a parent’s love for their child and a child’s love for their parents.
With bright colors and joyful families, this book celebrates LGBTQ+ pride and reveals the colorful meaning behind each rainbow stripe.
Readers will celebrate the life, healing, light, nature, harmony, and spirit that the rainbows in this book will bring.
This Day in June
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In a wildly whimsical, validating, and exuberant reflection of the LGBT community, This Day In June welcomes readers to experience a pride celebration and share in a day when we are all united.
Also included is a Reading Guide chock-full of facts about LGBT history and culture, as well as a Note to Parents and Caregivers with information on how to talk to children about sexual orientation and gender identity in age-appropriate ways.
This Day In June is an excellent tool for teaching respect, acceptance, and understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
Sewing the Rainbow: The Story of Gilbert Baker and the Rainbow Flag
Follow the journey of a boy from a small Kansas town who made his gray life sparkle, unfurling a rainbow of color to galvanize the gay rights movement.
Includes a Reader Note that provides more in-depth discussion of the beginnings of the gay rights movement and a more detailed look into Gilbert Baker’s place in our shared history.
When You Look Out the Window: How Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin Built a Community
When You Look Out the Window tells the story of Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, one of San Francisco’s most well-known and politically active lesbian couples. Describing the view from Phyllis and Del’s window, this book shows how one couple’s activism transformed their community — and had ripple effects throughout the world.
Includes a Reading Guide that provides helpful historical context, and a Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Educators about the importance of teaching LGBTQ history and culture to children.
This is a unique way to introduce children to untold stories in history while also being a clever tribute to two notable women.