Rainbow Allies: The True Story of Kids Who Stood Against Hate

by Nancy Churnin (Author) Izzy Evans (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

A true story of allyship and standing up to anti-LGBTQ hate.

When a lesbian couple comes home one day to find their Pride flag stolen and their front porch egged, the sense of belonging they had felt in their community is threatened. Are they safe in their house? The support they need comes from an unexpected place--the neighborhood's children. Together, the local kids create a plan to show Cari and Lauri just how valued they are in the community.

Based on real-life events, Rainbow Allies tells the story of how a Massachusetts neighborhood rallied together around Cari and Lauri--and their dogs, Twink and Scout--to make them feel welcomed and loved again after an act of hate.

Written by multi-award-winning author Nancy Churnin, this book is an inspiring introduction to allyship for young readers and changemakers. Backmatter includes guidance for how children can be LGBTQ allies in their own communities.

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A purposeful yet poignant exploration of allyship.

Publishers Weekly

The conceit that makes one small Massachusetts community shine is that "everyone is welcome; everyone is celebrated; everyone helps each other." And when neighbor Cari marries, the community is happy to meet her wife, Lauri, and dogs Twink and Scout. After the women hang a Pride flag at their door, however, an act of hate sees the flag torn down and the couple's home egged. Offered a new flag by a child neighbor called Brendan, they express reservations ("And have someone do this again?... I thought this was a neighborhood where everyone is welcome. But now?"). Contemplating what could help Cari and Lauri feel welcome again, Brendan rallies his peers, who land on an idea that brings the whole community out in flag-flying support. Churnin's step-by-step narration and Evans's crisp neighborhood landscapes bolster this straightforward allyship-oriented picture book based on real events. An author's note and "How to Be an Ally" explainer conclude. Ages 4-7. (July)

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Beaming Books
Publication date
July 09, 2024
BISAC categories
JNF053080 - Juvenile Nonfiction | LGBT
JNF053220 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Social Topics | Bullying
JNF071000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Social Activism & Volunteering
Library of Congress categories
Lesbian couples

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