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Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  215 ratings  ·  69 reviews
For gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their supporters, June is a month of pride and celebration, and the high point of that month is the Pride Day Parade. Pride Day is a spectacular and colorful event. But there is a whole lot more to Pride than rainbow flags and amazing outfits. So what exactly are we celebrating on Pride Day? How did this event come to ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published April 19th 2016 by Orca Book Publishers
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Blake Fraina
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I’ve never been to a Pride parade. I live an hour outside of NYC and have attended exactly one Greenwich Village Halloween Parade and two Wigstocks, but, as a friend of the LGBT community, I owe it to myself to hit one major Pride event before I die. This book definitely gave me the impetus to check it all out.

Pride – Celebrating Diversity and Community is a gorgeous, upbeat look at the history of LGBT rights and the traditions/celebrations associated with Pride events the world over. It starts
Reviewed for VOYA magazine:

Celebrations of the GLBTQ community and their allies has been and will continue to be a battle against the political and social climates in many countries around the world. Stevenson’s goal in her book, Pride, is to share the history of the struggle for recognition, rights, and acceptance by starting with her own country, Canada, and discussing others. Separated by four chapters from “The History of Pride” to “Pride Around the World”, the short chapters are occupied
A really nice, inclusive, and global look at the celebration of Pride. The photos are really nice and in full color, and Stevenson does a great job adding additional quotes, insights, and context. Good backmatter, too.

My biggest complaint though is that Stevenson inserted her own experiences a little too much. It could have been better as a chapter wrap-up or sidebar in one place, rather than spread throughout.
Kayla Leitschuh
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic overview of Pride including what it is, how it came to be, and who celebrates it. A great resource for both those outside the community that need an introduction and those inside the community who are unfamiliar with the history of Pride.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Historical and cultural overview of Pride. Great book design and photography with high-quality research. Glossary, additional references, and index in the back matter. 2017 Stonewall book.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reading the acknowledgements, it's clear that this book was a labour of love. And it shows. It's got a MASSIVE amount of ground to cover, and does it really well. The history of Pride, a basic intro to LGBTQ people, and Pride around the world, all covered while keeping it age-appropriate to the 8-12 crowd.

These are all really big and complex topics, often with some very ugly history attached, and the book has to often walk a delicate line. For example, between downplaying the horrible things
Kris Dersch
Nice intro to the topic of Pride with great photos throughout. Gave a solid, if basic, history of the Stonewall riot and the early gay movement and addressed many aspects of Pride, such as the various acronyms for the community, the importance of intersectionality, the role of allies and parents, and Pride around the world and the ongoing struggle for LGBTQ rights in Africa and conservative countries. My library has it in their teen collection but it would be perfectly appropriate for middle ...more
Michelle Stimpson
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book should be available to all teens and young people. It serves as a great summary for adults, too. Through the lens of the Pride Parade, it discusses the history of the struggle for equal rights for LGBTQ+ people. It includes a great dictionary of terms, includes stories of individual people, talks about the struggle for equality within the LGBTQ+ community, and discusses the status of equality globally.

I'm excited to share this resource with my middle school students.
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful introduction for middle grade readers with little to no prior knowledge of the LGBT+ community. It a simple, short, informative, and non-confrontational read. For anyone within or with close ties to the LGBT+ community it is extremely basic and overly simplified. Very good for what it is.
Clare Lund
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Informative and accessible book, written to promote diversity and understanding. Clearly a labor of love, and filled with beautiful color photos throughout! Highly recommend for ages 10 and up.
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Although I am not usually someone who enjoys reading non-fiction, I couldn't put this book down. As someone who did not know a lot about the LGBTQ+ community, I feel like I came out of this book extremely educated and aware of the problems that members of this community not only had to face in the 1900s but now as well, in what I would consider a more aware time period. I can now say that I'm more educated on this topic than I was before, and know the true stories on how all of these support ...more
Edward Sullivan
An informative, positive primer on the subject, attractively designed and illustrated.
I read this book because it is one of the books nominated in the non-fiction section of the 2017 Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Awards. It is not one I would have chosen to read otherwise, but I am glad that I did read it.

At first I was not impressed. I read the book on Overdrive and the way it was formatted on the iPad was confusing. I'm assuming the boom is one of those that has blocks of information alongside the main text every once in a while. This made it hard to follow on the iPad.
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Robin Stevenson writes about Pride in such an accessible and friendly way. Throughout the book, she weaves in personal stories. For example, she talks about coming out to her parents and friends, and then goes on to explain that coming out doesn't just happen once in a lifetime. It happens every time anyone talks openly about their identity to family or friends. She also tells us about history and some of the protests and parades that led to Canada's decision in 2005 to adopt same-sex marriage. ...more
This book shares the history of Pride celebrations, who goes to them, and what those celebrations are like now around the world. The information is presented in a conversational style which makes it easy to read. This isn't a compilation of dry facts, but a friendly sharing of information.

The pictures are bright and eye-catching. The cover caught my attention. I appreciated the way thtat the book shared about individuals, even the author herself to make this seem very approachable. Stevenson
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a great nonfiction book to introduce teens and preteens (and rather ignorant adults like myself) about what all the fuss is with Pride celebrations. It talks about the Stonewall riots and early discriminations towards the LGBT community. With full color photos throughout, it also shows Pride festivities or demonstrations from around the world- and shows how much work still needs to be done. A helpful section was the explanations of the QUILTBAG of identities. It’s incredible to read how ...more
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: work-books
I highly recommend this to anyone trying to get a handle on discussing LGBTQ issues with their family - the language is clear and easy to understand for young readers, but not condescending. Educational without being preachy or dull.
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hackmatack, canadian
This title is nominated for the 2018 Hackmatack Award in the non-fiction category.
I loved everything about this book! The graphic design was eye catching without being too busy. The photographs were great. The content was written in accessible, kid friendly language. What can I say? It got me right in the feels! Growing up in a small, rural, slightly behind the times town in the late 1990s I didn't know anyone who was openly gay. I was part of a human rights club, which was in some small way a
Connie Kim
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books

"Pride" is a striking and eye opening book that discusses the struggles that people of the LGBTQ community have been through, both in the past and present day. It is a great educational book that shows the reality of how hard the LGBTQ community has fought for equal rights. It features fun facts, stories of real life people, and the importance surrounding Pride Day and Pride celebrations. Due to the more mature content of this text, I would definitely use this book with
I've never been to a Pride parade. Prior to reading this book, most of my knowledge about Pride parades came from reading This Day in June. While I highly recommend Gayle E. Pitman's picture book, it is limited in scope since it only has 32 pages. With a longer length and a slightly older (middle grade) audience, this book explored the history of LGBTQ rights and Pride celebrations around the world. I loved the design of the book. The text of the book was accompanied by colorful photographs and ...more
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community is one of the Rocky Mountain Book Award 2018 nominees. It is a wonderful resource to introduce middle school kids to the LGBTQAAIP2S+ community. Pride begins with the history of the LGBTQAAIP2S+ community, introducing the community as LGBT and then explaining how the growth of letters and inclusivity came about. After each chapter in Pride are personal stories from people in the LGBTQAAIP2S+ community. This adds a touch of realism and sympathy to the ...more
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Beautifully illustrated book on the history and significance of pride in the LGBTQ+ community. This book is appropriate and accessible not just for teens and preteens but for parents who are new to the community or are looking for ways to discuss LGBTQ+ topics with their children. I loved the highlighted quotes from young people and the chapters on the history of pride and pride around the world. I learned things I didn’t even know about the history of the LGBTQ+ community! With that said, more ...more
Emily Paratore
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is such a beautiful book! Written for members of the LGBTQ community, as well as their supporters. This book uses colorful pictures of gay pride events, and enhances the understanding of the LGBTQ community. Pride is written in a non-confrontational manner and is a great informational book to use for a reader with no prior knowledge or understanding of the LGBTQ community. The book includes personal stories and explores many different gay pride events from around the world. Overall, this is ...more
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was at first startled this was catalogued as a children's nonfiction book because I've always associated Orca with teens and it's not like I've ever actually seen a book for kids about Pride or anything gay. But it's totally for kids! I love it! It presents so much information with the language and attitude that will appeal to kids. It doesn't gloss over truth but it doesn't go into inappropriate detail that a parent could actually object to. (But yes, I imagine it gets objected to anyway. If ...more
Elisa Gutierrez
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community is a picture book that tells the history of pride, about who goes to pride, what happens on pride day, and where does pride take place. The bright photographs accompanying the nonfiction text and first person accounts provide a variety of experiences and facts about experiences. The experiences of people at pride, why they go to pride, or what allowed them to be able to attend pride is explained with fact and personal emotion to allow the reader to see ...more
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lots of great Pride and LGBTQ history here. Includes a glossary, pictures, quick facts, and sources.

Questions for students:
Where was the Pride movement said to have begun?
Stonewall Inn
Where was the record set for holding the biggest Pride celebration ever in 2007?
How many colors did the original Pride flag have?
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great introduction for middle schoolers and older to the significance and importance of Pride festivals and parades held annually throughout the world. Includes a helpful explanation of what's behind the LGBTT2SQQIAA alphabet as well as a brief history of the gay rights movement--after all, the first pride parade was . . . a riot. We've come a long way but we've got a really long way to go. This book helps.
Brenda Kahn
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This casual, conversational overview combines the deeply personal with a history of Pride. Beautifully designed with plenty of joyous color photographs featuring diverse members of the community. A nice starting off point before directing patrons to Ann Bausum's Stonewall for a more detailed and scholarly discussion.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent resource for children, families, and everyone else! The author does an incredible job making sure everyone is represented in this book and that problematic information is addressed. I really appreciate this!
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-read
As an introduction I think it works and Stevenson works really hard to show diversity in the community. It is a short book and probably could have stood to have her personal story cut out or put in an introduction.
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Robin Stevenson is an award winning Canadian author of more than 20 books for teens and children. Her book PRIDE: CELEBRATING DIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY was a 2017 Stonewall Honor Book, and she has won or been a finalist for numerous other awards. She is a 2019 YA mentor for We Need Diverse Books.

She had four new books out in 2019- a board book called PRIDE COLORS (Orca), a nonfiction book for teens