Rainbow: A First Book of Pride
Michael Genhart, Author
Anne Passchier, Illustrator
Magination Press, Fiction, May 7, 2019
Suitable for Ages: 3-5
Themes: LGBTQ+Pride, Rainbow, Celebration
Opening: “Rainbows. Every color means something.”
This is a sweet ode to rainbow families, and an affirming display of a parent’s love for their child and a child’s love for their parents.
With bright colors and joyful families this book celebrates LGBTQ+ pride and reveals the colorful meaning behind each rainbow stripe.
Readers will celebrate the life, healing, sunlight, nature, harmony, and spirit that the rainbows in this book will bring.
A must-have primer for young readers and a great gift for pride events and throughout the year.
Why I like this book:
I like the simplicity of this book for young children. Readers are introduced to the symbolism behind each stripe in the Pride flag. “Red means life. Orange is healing. Green is nature. Blue is harmony. Violet is spirit. etc.” The book relies on the bold and colorful illustrations to show the story. With each page turn, young readers will see racially diverse children and families and same sex couples celebrating family, life, diversity, acceptance and global pride. “Be happy. Be love. Be proud.” This is a wonderful addition for pre-school and home libraries. It can’t help but put a smile on your face.
Resources: What child doesn’t love a rainbow. You can celebrate Gay Pride at home throughout the year by hanging prisms in the windows, placing Pride flags around the house, bringing out the paints and crafts, and baking and icing a Pride cake. Gay Pride month is celebrated every year in June.
Michael Genhart, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco. He is the author of I See You, Ouch!, Moments: When Words Are Used in Hurtful Ways, Peanut Butter & Jellyous, Cake & I Scream!, Mac & Geeez! and So Many Smarts! He lives with his rainbow family in Marin County, California. Visit Genhart at his website.
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*Review copy provided by the publisher.