McClintick, Joanna

'Twas the Night Before Pride

(3) K-3 Illustrated by Juana Medina. In accessible rhyming verse, the young narrator of this queer-themed picture book describes their mixed-race family's preparations for a Pride parade. One mom packs lunch, while the other mom makes sure the narrator and little sibling (both of whom have brown skin) get to bed early. But before bed, the family shares the story of the Stonewall Riots and "the very first Pride" with baby Sammy. The family-friendly text and simple cartoon illustrations handle discussion of the police raids and protests in an age-appropriate way. In general, Pride staples such as drag queens, bikers, and glitter, as well as participants of all ages, races, genders, and abilities are depicted as a smiling egalitarian community. This affirming story centers its protagonist's assessment, "Pride means to me: Being yourself is a blast!"


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