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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

Book cover for Rainbow: A First Book of Pride

This Day in June
Written by Gayle E. Pitman | Illustrated by Kristyna Litten
Ages 4 to 8

Book cover for This Day in June

Sewing the Rainbow: A Story About Gilbert Baker
Written by Gayle E. Pittman | Illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown
Ages 4 to 8

Book cover for Sewing the Rainbow

When Aidan Became a Brother
Written by Kyle Lukoff | Illustrated by Kaylani Juanita
Ages 4 to 8

Book cover for When Aidan Became a Brother

I am Jazz
Written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings | Illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
Ages 4 to 8

Book cover for I Am Jazz

Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution.
Written by Rob Sanders | Illustrated by Jamey Christoph
Ages 5 to 8

Book cover for Stonewall

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag
Written by Rob Sanders | Illustrated by Steven Salerno
Ages 5 to 8

Book cover for Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag

Princess Princess Ever After
Written by Katie O’Neill
Ages 7 to 11

Book cover for Princess Princess Ever After

Hurricane Child
Written by Kheryn Callender
Ages 8 to 12

Book cover for Hurricane Child

Alan Cole Is Not a Coward
Written by Eric Bell
Ages 8 to 12

Book cover for Alan Cole is not a Coward

George
Written by Alex Gino
Ages 8 to 12

Book cover for George

Synchro Boy
Written by Shannon McFerran
Ages 12+
Canadian content

Book cover for Synchro Boy

Little & Lion
Written by Brandy Colbert
Ages 12+

Book Cover for Little & Lion

Just Julian
Written by Markus Harwood-Jones
Ages 13 to 18
Canadian content

Book cover for Just Julian

Rez Runaway
Written by Melanie Florence
Ages 14 to 18
Canadian content

Book cover for Rez Runaway

If You Could Be Mine
Written by Sara Farizan
Ages 14 to 18

Book cover for If You Could Be Mine

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali
Written by Sabina Khan
Ages 14+
Canadian content

Book cover for The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali

None of the Above
Written by I. W. Gregorio
Ages 14+

Book cover for None of the Above

This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story
Written by Kheryn Callender
Ages 14+

Book cover for This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story

Juliet Takes a Breath
Written by Gabby Rivera
Ages: Young Adult

Book cover for Juliet Takes a Breath

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