Pride: Celibrating Diversity and Community

prideAuthor: Stevenson, Robin
Pub. Date: 2016
Pages: 120
List Price: 24.95
Suggested Grades: 5 to 10
NON-FICTION – (Included in the Middle and Secondary Packages – paperback)

“For LGBTQ people and their supporters, Pride events are an opportunity to honor the past, protest injustice, and celebrate a diverse and vibrant community. The high point of Pride, the Pride Parade, is spectacular and colorful. But there is a whole lot more to Pride than rainbow flags and amazing outfits. How did Pride come to be? And what does Pride mean to the people who celebrate it?

According to this author it is about embracing diversity, fighting for freedom and equality: the history and the future. And with the work of activists of all ages, Pride and LGBTQ rights can prevail against homophobia and other forms of discrimination.”

Reviewed by Rob Bittner. CM: Canadian Review of Materials, January, 2016 Highly Recommended “What makes this book suitable and relevant to young readers is the emphasis that Stevenson places on youth involvement in contemporary and historical celebrations and activism. A number of the personal accounts and quotes throughout the book are also from young people. This is an incredibly detailed account, considering the short page count, and Pride should be shelved in school libraries and classrooms alike as a more contemporary companion to Ken Setterington’s Branded by the Pink Triangle”

Review by Sarah Ellis. Quill and Quire, March, 2016 “In her first work of non-fiction, YA novelist Robin Stevenson uses the gay pride parade as a focus to present middle-grade readers with some background to the huge shift in Canadian social dynamics over the past 10 years, and the history of gay liberation in general…

As useful and appealing as this book will be to a general audience, there will be another group of readers seeking it out with more focus. Not every kid, even in this country, lives in a joyous climate of acceptance, and books are often a place where they find information and community.”

Kirkus Review “This attractive work will be welcomed by readers searching for guidance and hope. (glossary, references, resources, index, acknowledgments, author’s note)”