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An excellent tool for teaching respect, acceptance, and understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

This day in June…. Parade starts soon….  Rainbow arches…. Joyful marches!

In a wildly whimsical, validating, and exuberant reflection of the LGBTQ+ community, This Day In June welcomes readers to experience a pride celebration and share in a day when we are all united. Also included is a Note to Parents and Other Caregivers with information on how to talk to children about sexual orientation and gender identity in age-appropriate ways as well as a Reading Guide chock-full of facts about LGBTQ+ history and culture.

A Top Ten Title, American Library Association Rainbow List
Winner,  Notable Books for a Global Society Awards
Named one of the most important books of the last decade by The Advocate's "40 Under 40" list

"The pride primer." — The New Yorker
Top 11 Most Challenged Books by American Library Association 
Winner, Stonewall Book Award—Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Award

40 pages, Hardcover

First published October 1, 2013

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Gayle E. Pitman

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Gayle E. Pitman, Ph.D. is a professor of psychology at Sacramento City College. Her writing, research, and teaching focuses on issues of gender and sexual orientation. She lives in Northern California.

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1,850 reviews24 followers
April 27, 2015
Party in the front, information in the back! Lots to celebrate.
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3,870 reviews31.2k followers
September 30, 2017
Bursting with color and energy, this book captures some of the flair of a pride parade. It is a simple story about a pride parade and all the lovely people you meet there. There is a great resource guide at the back for parents wanting to talk about these issues with their children. I like the page "Clad in leather perfect weather". Even better is the page, "All Invited All excited". My niece and nephew are still at the age they think it's funny when they see a boy or girl dressing like the opposite sex and yet it doesn't bother them, just something to tickle them. This book is about being yourself and being accepted. It's a good lesson.
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2,444 reviews7,532 followers
October 8, 2020
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

I was able to download this from the library real quick last week for . . . .

But per usual I didn’t ever post anything. To briefly sum things up, this is a little picture book that goes over the basics of what you might see at a Gay Pride Parade. At the end it features a “glossary” of sorts explaining in more detail the historical markers or symbolism contained on each page for parents who aren’t educated on the subject. I’m sure it was challenged due to the fact that . . . .

To which this guy says . . . .

Profile Image for Moira.
15 reviews1 follower
January 12, 2015
It's a picture book about Pride: something I hadn't realized we needed, but now know that we do. This Day in June is a winner, and I'm glad that I bought a copy (a hardcover, no less). I am not going to complain about gay kid-lit, because I'm glad it exists, but I will say that this book is so lively and energetic and refreshing, and it's also SO GAY and even SO QUEER.

The narrative part of the book is a series of couplets, for example: "Clad in Leather/Perfect weather" and "Artists painting/Sisters sainting". So, clearly, this is not "my family is like yours, but a tiny bit different, but really alike." This book celebrates not just gay families, but gay culture. And the illustrations are fabulous, and very detailed. LB was drawn to the "pink page," and B and I spend a long time looking at all the drawings.

There is also a reading guide in the back that provides background and history for all the themes explored in the book. Someone in an online group I'm part of recently asked, "what does wearing leather and showing your butt have to do with being gay?" Well, this book can give you the beginner's explanation. And then we can all hang out and read Gay New York together. [There is also a separate guide for talking to children about LGBT issues.]

As the LGBTQ tent gets bigger, and as it become more possible to both be gay and remain in the "normal" club, our shared history becomes less clear. Almost everything I've read this year from the sort of progressive queer folk, with whom I share some political perspectives, has been wistful-thankful for a world where many of us (more so the LG&Bs) are not so marginalized, but wistful for past of shared politics and culture in the face of a seemingly ever growing contingent that wants to JUST BE NORMAL. As an adult reader, This Day in June is appealing in part because it's Pride as I would love Pride to be. It all the fabulous and quirkiness, with a mix of radicalness and staidness, without the cigarettes, cheap vodka shooters, and corporate sponsorships that make me shake my head.

Dana at Mombian has a nice review of This Day in June that puts it in LGBT kid-lit historical perspective. Dana compares This Day in June to Gloria Goes to Gay Pride, a kid's book published in 1991 by the author of Heather Has Two Mommies that, like me, you may not have heard of before now. GGGP is no longer in print, a key problem for kids "diversity lit." Many titles are published through small or non-profit publishers, and if they aren't picked up by a major publisher they are out of print (gone) within a few years. This Day in June is published my Magination Press, a division of the APA Press which is the press of the American Psychological Association (how far we've come). Magination publishes books like Full Mouse, Empty Mouse: A Tale of Food and Feelings and The Boy Who Didn't Want to Be Sad.

I read a lot of kids books, and a lot of out of print kids books. I think This Day in June could be a classic in some ten or twenty years, I just hope it stays in print long enough to have a chance (so you should buy a copy or three).

Short version: thumbs up (and let it be noted that I bought this book with my own money, although if someone wanted to send me some copies to share I would gladly accept).
Profile Image for Shawn Thrasher.
1,806 reviews43 followers
September 11, 2015
It's a long but successful road from Heather Has Two Mommies and Daddy's Roommate, which are both groundbreaking and daring books. But also sort of pleasantly amenable picture books at their hearts; they try their best not to offend. This Day in June is anything but offensive (except maybe to haters), but it's also in your face with leather daddies, drag queens, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and all the other cast of fabulous characters one may find in a 21st Century Gay Pride parade. The road runs directly between those two first ground breaking books and this wildly colorful and fun picture book; It's probably not for everyone - but every city of any size has some sort of gay pride event and parade, and this is a great picture book describing those days in June.
Profile Image for Scott.
685 reviews81 followers
April 28, 2017
Well-illustrated, colorful, and incredibly diverse, I still don't really get what this is trying to do. The text in this book consists of little rhyming couplets, which a) are a bit too trendy at the moment, and b) don't do anything to create a narrative.

The groups this book introduces -- ERC, Dykes on Bikes, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, etc. -- are shown, but they're not identified except in a reader's guide for adults in the back. And their ideologies are a little too lofty for the age group this book is targeting. So it ends up being a bit of a shallow showing. In the end, it's basically "Look at the parade of colorful weirdos!"

On the other hand, visibility from a young age is a great step in education and acceptance, even if the questions it raises have answers that aren't fully graspable yet. I dunno, I just don't think this does much to take the experience of a pride parade off the streets of San Francisco to march it through a child's mind. It would take a parent or teacher a lot of talking to lend this much meaning -- a task that should have been left to the text itself.

But hey, the art really is great, and if it starts even one conversation, then this is definitely of the good.
Profile Image for Kirah Marshall.
50 reviews1 follower
November 19, 2016
1. This is a poetry book that depicts the Gay Pride Parades. Its pages are filled with wonderful, colorful illustrations of the LGBT community and supporters of LGBT. The end of the book has a reading guide that explains each verse, and each verse relates to some part of LGBT history. The end of the book also includes a guide to talking with children about LGBT issues and topics.
2. This book is appropriate for grades k-3.
3. This book is a great way to include LGBT history and culture into the classroom. There is nothing in this book that isn't appropriate for young students. It could be used for a history lesson about LGBT history, in a literature class for poetry, and just as a class read aloud. It is a great resource to create inclusive LGBT curricula.
4. I think ALL students would benefit from reading this or having this read to them. Students in particular who would really like this book would be students who like poetry and colorful illustrations.
5. This book would work great in literature circles. You could have an LGBT literature text set for them to read, and this could be part of it. You could have them read fiction LGBT works with this nonfiction book.
6. I would most definitely read this book out to students. I think it is important for us to create inclusive environments for all students, and this would allow LGBT students to feel included in cirricula.
7. Related texts are I am Jazz, Red: A Crayon's Story, George, Jacob's New Dress, And Tango makes Three, and Heather has Two Mommies.
8. This text comes in hardback and ebook versions.
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11.9k reviews361 followers
September 25, 2017
It is Banned Books Week, and I am reading Challenged/Banned books. This is the second book for this week.

This book was challenged due to it being about gay, about being pride and proud.

It was quite a fun read, and it was fun to read about how Pride Parade/Celebration are done in the US. And that is what the book is about, nothing more and nothing less, it is all about a Pride Parade/Celebration. What goes on in them, what you can expect (or well what one can expect from one kind of Pride Parade as there are certainly differences between various Pride Parades/Celebrations). From dancing people, to motorcycles (I would love to see that one), to people dressing up, to people being happy about being out.

Every page has a little rhyme which fits the scene. The rhymes are a bit simple, but I can forgive that, they were fun and I am sure this will definitely make kids understand and enjoy the book more.

The art is really great, then again, that is expected as it is illustrated by Kristyna Litten. I just adore her art! There is just so much going on in the pictures, so many details, so much love and colour!

Yep, I would definitely recommend this one. It was fun, it was colourful, and it shows kids what one may just expect at a Pride Parade/Celebration.

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1,909 reviews4,783 followers
September 2, 2016
This book ! I loveddd it and the information in the back. It definitely teaches a whole lot about Pride Rally's without making it too complicated. This is a great resource for parents who are interested in making sure their children are aware of the diverse world they live and what to do when they begin to ask questions about someone else's sexuality or even their own.
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1,023 reviews36 followers
July 14, 2016
More inclusive than average, and well-illustrated, but otherwise a bit off. The rhyme pattern doesn't quite scan, and most of the text's meaning comes from the endnotes. Little kids are not generally fond of endnotes.

A well-intentioned try.

Profile Image for Dayna Derichs.
16 reviews3 followers
June 17, 2016
Rationale: Once again, we are offered a unique view of a “typical American”. So often we judge all americans the same. We assume that we know everything about them because of the way they look. In this story, we encounter vibrant illustrations of a “typical American pride parade”. Each page presents stereotypes of LGBT people. Each page includes a phrase that could describe any American parade. However, these phrases are referenced in the back of the book as symbolic of major events in the fight for civil rights for LGBT people. Like the other books in this text set, this book makes us stop and think critically about our own prejudices and how we have, already, or can, in the future, combat them.

Reflection: I made a text-to-world connection with this story. Just this week, 49 people were murdered at an LGBT bar in Orlando, Florida. If nothing else comes of the tragic event, I hope that people come to the realization that 49 PEOPLE were murdered for no reason. Just like in This Day In June, this day in June when they were shot, reminds us that they were people who deserved all the respect and freedom to live as every other person.

Six Discussion Questions:
Create - What inferences can you make about the what the people in the crowd at the parade were thinking?
Evaluate - What did you like best about the book?
Analyze - What is the theme of This Day In June?
Apply - How is this parade similar to a parade you have been to?
Understand - Explain why the book is titled This Day In June.
Knowledge - List two things that you learned from the book.
Profile Image for Emily.
188 reviews21 followers
June 19, 2015
A picture book about Pride that *feels* PROUD, with dazzling, festive illustrations and a simple rhyming text:

This day in June
Parade starts soon!
Rainbow arches
Joyful Marches
Motors roaring
Spirits soaring...
Clad in leather
Perfect weather (etc.)

The one reference that might be obscure to a good number of readers is "Artists painting / Sisters sainting" (there's a reading guide in the back that explains each couplet--these sisters are the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, out of San Francisco). It's lovely to see that the sister portrayed has beard stubble. Nothing is shied away from in this book, which doesn't pretend to be anything other than the openhearted celebration it is ("Clad in leather"!). Though I didn't love every couplet ("Sidewalk shaking/tummies aching" kind of takes the joy down a notch), I loved most, and the illustrations couldn't be more vibrant and gorgeous. Wonderful.
64 reviews3 followers
August 16, 2015
Social justice--lgbtq.

I feel as if I will be berated for giving this book a poor review simply because it attempts to tackle a controversial issue, but I really could leave this book. I don't think it gives a fair portrayal of the issues faced by the lgbtq community or represent them fairly. This book gives off the idea that you can "tell" if someone identifies as gay, etc. simply by their radical hairstyle, skimpy clothing, and rainbow accents.
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640 reviews14 followers
October 10, 2014
Wow! This is so cool! At first, I was hoping that there would be more of a plot/storyline, but then there was SO much information in the back to help give a more rounded look at the whole Pride Parade and LGBT community. I definitely learned a lot of new information! A parent can use this for preschool age and up and go into as much detail or as little detail as they want with this book.
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169 reviews7 followers
May 18, 2014
Beautiful children's book about LGBTQ Pride :-D
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20 reviews
May 23, 2021
This book is a children’s picture book that focuses on the Pride Parades that take place in June. The story is written in a poetry form which captivates the younger aged students. This book emphasizes the rich history and culture of the LGBTQ+ community. The illustrations in the book are so beautiful and colorful. The illustrations would grab the students attention right away. At the end of the book, there is a guide to help create discussions with students regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.

I believe this book would be a great addition into any classroom. This is a great book to have discussions on the LGBTQ+ community. The students would be able to understand the rich history of the community. This book is a great discussion starter because it discusses many different aspects. This book would help students understand the importance of having an all inclusive environment. Students would also be able to understand the importance of respect and acceptance no matter what sexual orientation or gender identity.

I found this book on the following website when I was looking for realistic fiction picture books. https://www.bustle.com/articles/87976... The book won a Stonewall Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature in 2015. I was able to access this book from my public library. I also found this book on YouTube as a read aloud, and on Epic!.
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1,206 reviews3 followers
May 5, 2020
This was a beautiful story! I absolutely loved the illustrations and found that the bulk of my time was spent taking in the incredible scenery. I highly recommend this book, especially for Pride Month!
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1,326 reviews121 followers
September 6, 2019
Warm and welcoming book about gay pride parades, with educational back matter for parents on how to talk to children and teens of all ages about LGBT issues. The text of the book itself is a little basic, but I'll overlook for how important it is.
5,870 reviews130 followers
June 28, 2021
This Day in June is a children's picture book written by Gayle E. Pitman and illustrated by Kristyna Litten which focuses on what happens on Pride Parade, which typically happens in June.

Pitman's text is simplistic and easy to understand, written in rhyming couplets it easily conveys what happens at a typical Pride Parade. Litten's art is simply outrageously colorful and distracting and while I typically hate it when illustration draws one’s attention away from the text instead of complimenting it, this is an exception to my rule. The illustrations, while distracting, gives the typical feeling when one goes to a Pride Parade – it is colorful, distracting, and flamboyant – everything that the art portrays.

As more and more children attend Pride Parades, This Day in June would help those attending to know what to expect. What I really like was that at the end there's a brief history of the LGBT movement, which corresponds to each double spread page in the book and notes for parents and caregivers on how to talk to children about sexual orientation and gender identity separated in different age groups.

All in all, This Day in June is a wonderful children's book about what happens during Pride Parades and most importantly the LGBT History and a the guide on how to talk to children about sexual orientation and gender identity for children.
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13.1k reviews271 followers
November 9, 2016
This much-needed picture book fills a hole in today's classroom curriculum since it introduces Pride Day, the day in June in which the LGBT community comes together to celebrate. Short rhyming verses appear on each double-page spread as the author walks readers through some of the happenings at a Pride celebration. Although the colorful illustrations, enhanced digitally, aren't my favorite part of the book because of their almost cartoonish appearance, they are filled with motion and plenty of diversity, reminding readers that LGBT folks come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and sizes. What makes the book outstanding, though, is the back matter that supports the verses. Because it provides background on what's happening in each of the illustrations and points out important events in a LGBT history, readers will be able to understand the book better. Additionally, teachers, parents, and caregivers will be pleased to find suggestions for how to use the book or how to answer questions children may have about gay pride or being gay. This is a wonderful starting place for conversations about the different kinds of families and relationships in our world.
Profile Image for Emma Davis.
68 reviews
April 10, 2018
This is an excellent book to end the school year with! it celebrates diversity and serves as a great lesson to end a history section on the Stonewall Riots. The book This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman illustrated by Kristyna Litten is a picture book that talks about the LGBT community in a fun and exciting way from the beginning the book there is a lot of different colors and people on the cover. The cover has all types of people dressed in colorful clothing, one person has a beach ball while another has rainbow hair. Another person is wearing a pirate bandana, there are even kids on the cover in colorful clothing. Every person on the cover of the book shows individuality and you can tell that they are expressing themselves freely. The message of all are equal is portrayed through the illustrations, there are people there off all types at the parade. The book helps us understand the Pride Parade is for everyone. There are not a lot of words in this book, but it helps show young children what the Pride Parade is.
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3,873 reviews266 followers
December 15, 2015
My rating should be 3 1/2 stars. This book is aimed at preschool through 2nd or 3rd grade, so the text is very simple--two rhyming lines per 2-page spread, describing a Gay Pride parade. What young children who can't read will like most are the colorful pictures and the joyous, celebratory tone of the book, but they may have questions about some of the people depicted, such as mean dressed as women, and two women kissing. They won't clue in to what the parade is rally about because they can't read the signs that people who are watching the parade are holding, such as "Out & Proud" and "I Love My Gay Sons." Text at the back of the book describes what each 2-page spread means and provides adults with tips for talking to children of various ages about LBGT people. This book won the Stonewall Award for best LGBTQ children's book for 2015. Recommended.
Profile Image for Morgan Logan.
49 reviews
April 26, 2016
This picture book is recognizes the LGBT community in a colorful and vibrant picture book. The front color is very colorful and the illustrations are very detailed. I would not have guessed what this book was about just looking at the cover. The book is about a pride parade for the LGBT community and the illustrations show a variety of people. In the back of the book it provides a background of what this book is about. I would not have understood the whole book without the explanation. I wish that the book was more of a narrative instead of picture heavy. I felt happy when I was reading this book and it gave me a better understanding of everything. I’m not sure if I would introduce this book into a classroom, but I would talk to my colleagues about it. This book will definitely speak to many people and change lives, so it may be a great addition in a classroom.
10 reviews
October 26, 2017
This book is beyond amazing! The images are so bright and vivid that are sure to captivate your students attention. I love how all the people they have are extremely diverse! From drag queens, to same sex couples, to lgbt children they have it all. Which is very important to note because this will enable students to see all kinds of different sexual orientations, and diversity within people. One of my favorite things is that they make it so fun and celebratory in the first part of the book and in the end they have a lot of important information that you can discuss with your children or students. As well as they give your information where you can do additional research, and educate yourself on the matter.
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4,985 reviews58 followers
March 12, 2016
Set at a pride festival, this book introduces readers to the sights and sounds of a pride parade in rhyming couplets.

The back matter is indispensable in terms of its its usefulness. A reading guide offers commentary on each two page spread of the story, explaining symbolism and inspiring interest in further research.

A note to parents and caregivers includes talking points for different age ranges. Highly recommended for both readers familiar and unfamiliar with the LGBT+ community.
Profile Image for Laura.
727 reviews5 followers
July 18, 2015
Vibrant colors and active pictures really capture the feel of a Pride parade in this picture book for children. Rhyming text never mentions anything about same sex relationships but the signs people are holding do. There is only one page with same sex kissing but there's lots of hugging, dancing, and hand holding throughout. Great way to help kids understand the joy of this event with some text at the back explaining how to talk with kids of various ages about LGBT issues.
Profile Image for Juli Anna.
2,455 reviews
June 2, 2018
So sweet! Beautiful, celebratory illustrations and sweet couplets. There is also much educational material in the back to explain the history of Pride. The only thing barring five stars for me is that sometimes the couplets don't seem to refer to the illustrations, and there are some that seem almost random (the "tummy aching" line comes to mind). If the poetry had been more seamless, this would have been a five-star book for sure.
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1,321 reviews18 followers
November 1, 2020
A cute little picture book about the San Francisco Pride Parade. This Day in June uses short rhyming couplets, cute pictures, and extensive notes in the back to talk about the history of pride, the history of queerness, and what it's like to be queer in the modern day. I felt that the rhymes were sometimes forced and frequently somewhat unclear as to what they were referring to, but this is a nice baby's-first-queerness book, and the art was lovely.
Profile Image for Roberta.
154 reviews
October 1, 2014
I went to a Pride Parade for the first time this year, so when I heard about this picture book, I read it right away.

The illustrations really painted a true-to-life image of my experience. Lots of joy and exuberance.

I really liked the pages at the end of the book explaining the different LGBTQ terms and concepts. It seems like they would be useful when discussing the book with a child.
Profile Image for Earl.
3,489 reviews39 followers
June 20, 2020
What's great about this picture book that recently won the Stonewall Book Award is neither the text in verse that flows smoothly or the the illustrations full of details and color, but the back matter that talks about the significance of each page. Additional tips on how to talk to kids of various ages about this subject are also included.
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