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Celebrating Diversity & Community
By (author): Robin Stevenson
9781459809932 Paperback, Trade, Flaps English Juvenile: Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Other, Non-Religious Apr 19, 2016
$24.95 CAD
Out of print 7.5 x 9 x 0.3 in | 420 gr 120 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
PNBA Book Award 2017, Short-listed Red Maple Non-Fiction 2017, Short-listed Stonewall Honor Book in Children's and Young Adult Literature 2017, Winner USBBY Outstanding International Books 2017, Winner Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize 2017, Short-listed Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award 2018, Short-listed Red Cedar Book Award nominee 2018, Short-listed Information Book Award 2017, Short-listed Bolen Books Children's Book Prize 2017, Short-listed Rocky Mountain Book Award 2018, Short-listed Rainbow Book List 2017, Commended
We are family.

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?

Robin Stevenson is the award-winning author of many novels for kids and teens. Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community is her first work of nonfiction. Robin has identified as queer since she was a young adult and has been taking part in Pride Day celebrations for thirty years. She lives on the west coast of Canada with her partner, Cheryl, and their twelve-year-old son. For more information, visit

  • Promotion at 2016 Pride events

"A fantastic achievement, a book that gives serious attention to often ignored groups within LGBT history...Stevenson’s account of the history of Pride is peppered with historical photos and documents, personal stories—including Stevenson’s own—“Queer Facts,” and highlights of the growing Pride movements around the globe, many of which all too often become background noise on global news stations...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. Highly Recommended." - CM Magazine

"LGBTQ culture and rights are covered through the prism of Pride in this timely work...Using Pride as a way to talk about LGBTQ gives the information a new slant...The appropriately rainbow-themed design features plentiful photographs, both black-and-white and color, in a lively design...This attractive work will be welcomed by readers searching for guidance and hope." - Kirkus Reviews

"Informative...Positively festive in its attitudes and outlook, this book more than lives up to the word celebrating in its subtitle." - Booklist

“Upbeat and matter-of-fact...I can see this book nestled between Canada Day and Thanksgiving in the celebrations section of the library, filling a gap...Solid non-fiction...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. Much of this is provided in the form of individual vignettes. These stories, sad and happy, are where vulnerable preteen kids may see themselves." - Quill & Quire

"[Pride] does well to address the obstacles that the community has faced and puts names and faces to those who are the agents of change." - VOYA Magazine

“A visually appealing, quick, and thorough look at Pride parades and celebrations, how they came to be, and what they celebrate...An excellent and necessary addition for all collections.” - School Library Journal

"This timely, attractive and cheerful book will engage any student from middle school and beyond...Extremely well designed...The writing is clear and completely straightforward, addressing the intended reader honestly and without talking down at all. The writer portrays the LGBTQ community as normal and welcoming, powerful and inclusive, the way most Canadians, especially students, view it today. This book is a must-buy for all schools in Canada." - Resource Links

"Not only about celebration, but also protest and the future of acceptance. Colorful pictures with bold captions coupled with sidebars labeled as Queer Facts make this an eye-pleasing option for a broad audience and will lend itself to the conversation." - School Library Connection

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