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20 2SLGBTQ+ Children and YA Books in Honour of Capital Pride Festival

Today marks the launch of the 2019 Ottawa Capital Pride Festival, from August 18th to 25th. This year is also the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots that took place on June 28th 1969. Police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village, New York City. The raid was followed by a six-day uprising by members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, a pivotal moment in the modern 2SLGBTQ+ civil rights movement.

According to Stonewall:

The Stonewall uprising took place in the context of broader civil rights movements. The Revolutionary People's Constitutional Convention in 1970 was a key moment in which activists from Black Power, feminist and gay liberation movements came together, saw common cause and learned from each other.

On June 28th 1970, thousands of people returned to Greenwich Village for the first Christopher Street Liberation Day March, the first gay pride march. Today, people march in Pride Parades all across the world.

The contributions of 2SLGBTQ+ people to history should never be forgotten. Books are a window to the world; a way to preserve history, raise awareness, and create connections between people.

Parents for Diversity has compiled a list of 20 children and young adult books in honour of Capital Pride. Our selection focuses on own voices and intersectional identities, as well as Canadian content. We know how essential it is for all children to see themselves represented in the books they read. Whether it is a seventeen-year-old Iranian girl in love with her best friend to the representation of a biracial transgender boy becoming a big brother, we want books to represent the breadth and depth of our society. Check out our diversity library for even more books with 2SLGBTQ+ characters.

Rainbow: A First Book of Pride

Written by Michael Genhart | Illustrated by Anne Passchier

Ages 3 to 5

This Day in June

Written by Gayle E. Pitman | Illustrated by Kristyna Litten

Ages 4 to 8

Sewing the Rainbow: A Story About Gilbert Baker

Written by Gayle E. Pittman | Illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown

Ages 4 to 8

When Aidan Became a Brother

Written by Kyle Lukoff | Illustrated by Kaylani Juanita

Ages 4 to 8

I am Jazz

Written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings | Illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas

Ages 4 to 8

Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution.

Written by Rob Sanders | Illustrated by Jamey Christoph

Ages 5 to 8

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag

Written by Rob Sanders | Illustrated by Steven Salerno

Ages 5 to 8

Princess Princess Ever After

Written by Katie O'Neill

Ages 7 to 11

Hurricane Child

Written by Kheryn Callender

Ages 8 to 12

Alan Cole Is Not a Coward

Written by Eric Bell

Ages 8 to 12


Written by Alex Gino

Ages 8 to 12

Synchro Boy

Written by Shannon McFerran

Ages 12+

Canadian content

Little & Lion

Written by Brandy Colbert

Ages 12+

Just Julian

Written by Markus Harwood-Jones

Ages 13 to 18 Canadian content

Rez Runaway

Written by Melanie Florence

Ages 14 to 18

Canadian content

If You Could Be Mine

Written by Sara Farizan

Ages 14 to 18

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali

Written by Sabina Khan

Ages 14+

Canadian content

None of the Above

Written by I. W. Gregorio

Ages 14+

This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story

Written by Kheryn Callender

Ages 14+

Juliet Takes a Breath

Written by Gabby Rivera

Ages: Young Adult

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