The Meaning of Pride

by Rosiee Thor (Author) Sam Kirk (Illustrator)

The Meaning of Pride
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

A vibrant ode to the culture and achievements of the LGBTQ+ community, The Meaning of Pride, written by Rosiee Thor and illustrated by Sam Kirk, celebrates the beauty, significance, and many dimensions of the concept of Pride as celebrated by millions of people around the world!

Every year in June, we celebrate Pride! But what does Pride mean? And how do you celebrate it?

This inspiring celebration of the LGBTQ+ community throughout history and today shows young readers that there are many ways to show your pride and make a difference.

Whether you want to be an activist or an athlete, a poet or a politician, a designer or a drag queen, you can show your pride just by being you!

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1--Beautiful, vibrant illustrations honor Pride history and figures. In spare text--each page has a couple sentences--the book outlines who celebrates Pride in June, how the commemoration started, and explores the word "pride" itself. The words are inclusive and uplifting; readers are asked to consider what pride looks like in their own lives. The heartfelt and empowering message is in lockstep with the bright artwork, harking back to protest art of the 1960s and 1970s through color and wavy lines. Throughout the book, people such as James Baldwin, Megan Rapinoe, and Matthew Shepard are identified with their names in tiny font. There is no back matter. VERDICT One for the Pride shelves, or to share one-on-one with younger children needing more context.--Elissa Cooper

Copyright 2022 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

A colorful and creative way to introduce young readers to a diverse group of LGBTQ+ figures—from historical activists to contemporary athletes and artists—all woven into an open-ended exploration of what Pride means. I love that this book both honors our history and connects it to the present—it is a wonderful way to open conversations and encourage kids to learn more about LGBTQ+ rights.—Robin Stevenson, Stonewall Honor winning author of Pride Puppy and Pride: The Celebration and the Struggle
Rosiee Thor
Rosiee Thor began her career as a storyteller by demanding to tell her mother bedtime stories instead of the other way around. She spent her childhood reading by flashlight in the closet until she came out as queer. She lives in Oregon with her dog, cat, and many plants., Twitter/Instagram: @rosieethor

Sam Kirk explores culture and identity through her art. A biracial, queer woman born and raised in Chicago, she creates work that sparks dialogue around equality and visibility for women, communities of color, and the LGBTQIA community., Twitter/Instagram: @iamsamkirk
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
April 20, 2022

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