June is Pride Month, a time to commemorate the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement and uplift the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, along with their families. Many credit the Stonewall Riots, which began on June 28, 1969, as the origin of Pride celebrations. On that night, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. Raids targeting LGBTQ+ people weren't uncommon at the time, but what made this night significant was the response from the community and their allies to fight back when the police became violent. The first Pride march took place one year later to commemorate this event, and has continued yearly ever since.
While Pride Month is a time for LGBTQ+ people and their allies to celebrate the right to express themselves, it's also a great time to celebrate the diverse array of families young children are raised in. Whether a family has a mother and father, two moms, two dads, a single parent, or any other combination of caregivers, all family types deserve to be celebrated.
Suggested Literature for Pride Month:
Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers and Marla Frazee - recommended for ages baby - 3
Red: A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall - recommended for ages 3-6
Donovan's Big Day by Leslea Newman and Mike Dutton - recommended for ages 3-7
ABC: A Family Alphabet Book by Bobbie Combs, Desiree Rappa, and Brian Rappa - Recommended for ages 4-7
A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O'Leary and Qin Leng - recommended for ages 4-7
Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian and Mike Curato - recommended for ages 4-8
Jamie is Jamie by Afsaneh Moradian and Maria Bogade - recommended for ages 4-8
Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer and Holly Clifton-Brown - recommended for ages 5 -8