When kids in LGBTQ families read stories that reflect their experiences, it helps them create connections with literature and develop positive self-esteem. In addition, children who hear stories about people who are different from them—those who have two mommies or are from another part of the world, for example—develop empathy and an understanding about themselves and others.
In celebration of PRIDE month, we are hosting two PRIDE TIME STORY TIMES, along with showcasing our colorful PRIDE display all month long. Families are invited to join us for 2 or 3 stories, followed by rainbow making in the Cattic.
Sunday, June 9 at 11am
Saturday, June 15 at 2pm
Rainbow List 2019 - Picture Books
Anderson, Airlie. Neither. 2018. 40p. Little Brown Books for Young Readers, $16.99 (9780316547697). Grades Pre-K to 2.
In the Land of This and That, where does Neither belong? Neither finds acceptance in The Land of All.
Bundo, Marlon and Twiss, Jill. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo. 2018. 40p. Chronicle Books, $18.99 (9781452173801). Grades K and up.
Marlon Bundo is Bunny of the United States, living a comfy life in the White House. In this political satire for all ages, Marlon and newfound love Wesley work together with their animal friends to vote out The Stink Bug.
Cumming, Alan and Grant Shaffer. The Adventures of Honey & Leon. 2017. 48p. Random House Books for Young Readers, $17.99 (9780399557972). Grades Pre-K to 3.
Dogs Honey and Leon have a great life in New York—except that they are left behind when their dads travel. They secretly follow them on their next trip.
Finch, Michelle and Phoenix. Phoenix Goes to School. 2018. 40p. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, $15.95 (9781785928215). Grades K to 3.
Phoenix is a little worried about her first day of school; what if the other kids call her a boy or don’t understand her? Phoenix braves her first day and discovers a warm, accepting environment in the classroom.
Genhart, Michael. Love is Love. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky/Little Pickle Press, $18.99 (9781939775139). Grades Pre-K to 3.
A young narrator with two dads is teased for wearing a t-shirt with a rainbow heart. Colorful illustrations highlight a diverse community, affirming the power of love.
* Haack, Daniel and Lewis, Stevie. Prince & Knight. 2018. 40p. little bee books, $17.99 (9781499805529). Grades Pre-K to 3.
The Prince and the Knight meet when they have to defeat a terrifying dragon, and their friendship blossoms into love.
Jenkins, Steve and Derek Walter. The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig. 2018. 40p. Little Brown Books for Young Readers, $17.99 (9780316554763). Grades Pre-K to 3.
Based on a true story, Esther is just a tiny piglet when her dads adopt her, but she turns out to be less of a mini pig and more of a huge pig. As she grows (and grows and grows), Esther shows her family how easy it is to fall in love.
Love, Jessica. Julián is a Mermaid. 2018. 40p. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763690458). Grades Pre-K to 3.
This lushly-illustrated picture book tells the story of Julián who, with the help of his abuela, dresses up and joins the Coney Island Mermaid Parade.
Martínez, Ernesto J, Maya C. Gonzalez, and Feliciano J. G. Martínez. Cuando Amamos Cantamos/When We Love Someone We Sing to Them. 2018. 39p. Reflection Press, $19.95 (9781945289149). Grades K and up.
Andrea asks his father to help him sing a love song for another boy. His father suggests that they create a new song that they can perform together.
Pitman, Gayle E. A Church for All. 2018. 32p. Albert Whitman & Company, $16.99 (978080751179). Grades Pre-K to 3.
Inspired by a real San Francisco church, this story describes a welcoming, inclusive congregation using short rhymes and colorful, diverse illustrations.
* Pitman, Gayle E. Sewing the Rainbow. 2018. 32p. Magination Press, $16.95. (9781433829024). Grades Pre-K to 3.
Growing up, Gilbert Baker loved sewing and design. He left Kansas for the bright colors of San Francisco to pursue his dreams and went on to create an enduring symbol of the LGBTQIAP+ community.
Sanders, Rob. Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag. 2018. 48p. Random House Books for Young Readers, $17.99 (9780399555312). Grades 1-3.
As an elected official, Harvey Milk worked with his community in San Francisco to create a symbol for gay rights and continued fighting for equality until his assassination.
Scotto, Thomas. Jerome By Heart. 2018. 32p. Enchanted Lion Books, $16.95 (9781592702503) Grades Pre-K to 3.
Raphael enjoys his friendship with Jerome: they hold hands, share snacks, and do everything together. Not everyone understands their relationship, but Raphael doesn’t mind because he knows how he feels about Jerome.