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Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  438 ratings  ·  114 reviews
Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising with the very first picture book to tell of its historic and inspiring role in the gay civil rights movement.

From Rob Sanders, author of the acclaimed Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag, comes this powerful and timeless true story that will allow young readers to discover the rich and dynamic hi
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Rebecca Honeycutt
I'm leaving this unrated because I honestly don't know how to rate it fairly. While I'm happy that there are kid's books about queer history, I don't know if we're doing kids any favors by offering them a bland, sanitized version of reality. Why write a book about resisting police violence and make it seem like it was just people standing around and shouting? Why not use it as an opportunity to engage kids in real talk about police violence, and how riots are the language of the unheard? Why wai ...more
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is nicely illustrated and well-written. However, while it defines gay and lesbian, it doesn't define transgender. In the story, it also only just ever so briefly references the role of transwomen in the riots and aftermath; particularly, the role of transwomen of color, such as Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, are just a very small vague reference (not even by name) in the afterword.

I'm leaving at four stars because of the importance of the topic and I'm really happy to see a kids book
Mary Lee
Feb 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Social Justice Books explains why this is not a recommended book:
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful new children’s picture book just in time for Stonewall 50, the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising which helped launch the LGBTQ 🏳️‍🌈 Civil Rights Movement. Respectful and educational. A celebration of how far we have come and how much more we have to do. Bravo.
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Beautifully written. Cute, fast read, good facts, nice art.

This is a great book for the young family members of the LGBTQ community. Belongs to every child's library and bookshelf.
Jenn Marshall
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I received a preview copy of Stonewall at a literacy convention. I loved Pride by Rob Sanders and Stonewall lived up to my expectations. It's a great history story put into a picture book. I will definitely be getting a copy when it is officially out for release.
Brooklyn Cribdon (The Wild Library)
When I first read this picturebook I LOVED it, and it made me teary. Perhaps it was just an emotional day but the story really hit home. Recently though, I saw some reviews of the book speaking to how the story was incredibly sanitized. I've gone back and re-read the book with this new perspective. I get it- there is a total lack of recognition of people of colour, transgender folks, and especially trans people of colour. The language used is also quite binary ("men and women" "gays and lesbians ...more
Maggie Mattmiller
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Amazing! Is it perfect? No. But is it fantastic? Absolutely! And the illustrations- absolute winners! Definitely a needed a book. Love it. So thankful Rob Sanders chose to write about Stonewall, and what a cool perspective (from the building itself!) Also, beyond thankful for Jamey Christoph's gorgeous illustrations!
Linda Quinn
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A picture book, for children, about the Stonewall uprising and the start of the battle for LGBTQ rights. Simply told and beautifully illustrated, this book belongs in every library in our country. There's still a long way to go.
Marjorie Ingall
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-4-8, kids-6-10
I like the simple, clear text and the clean lines of the art. I like the gimmick of having the story told by the bar itself. But this is the second children's book about the fight for LGBT rights that underplays the role of trans folk and people of color...which is especially egregious in a book about Stonewall.

For example, a beautifully illustrated spread showing the crowd at Stonewall, we see 17 people. Twelve or 13 of them are white. C'mon.

Five people are in the foreground; four are white me
I didn't love this book, but I did tear up a bunch reading it.

The device of having the Stonewall Inn itself be the narrator is an interesting one -- which didn't quite work for me at the beginning, but by partway through it mostly just felt like a regular third-person narration.

It feels a little text-heavy to me for a picturebook, but it's also intentionally kind of reined-in like it's for a young audience, so I'm not sure exactly which age its aimed at.

It does a nice job of taking you through t
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: diverse-lit
Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution. Written by Rob Sanders, A strong title for a children’s book, but it does tell a very important story of the LGBTTQQIAAP+ community. The book tells the history of the two old horse stables that were joined to become the Stonewall Inn and how it became a part of history. The book describes the history of the bar and the neighborhood around it and how it changed over time until the troubles began in 1969. It also describes what happened after and h ...more
the uprising of today is not new. communities oppressed by the police have before taken action and fought for their humanity. the LGBTQ+ community found themselves resisting and fighting back after New York police consistently rioted their safe space—the stonewall inn. rob sanders tells the story of how what was once a horse stable became a national historic monument. this book is rich with history, illustrations that accurately reflect the eras presented + outstanding back matter for the intend ...more
Christian Kali
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
While it's a picture book, I believe the narrative can speak in a compelling way to middle and high school students. I like how the book starts off by framing Stonewall as a community that has always been welcoming of diversity in its variety of forms. By the time the plot moves forward to presenting the unfoldment of the LGBT community, it is within a context that presents the differences as part of humanity as a whole. The illustrations add to the text in just the right way. I would see this a ...more
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely incredible. This book was on ALA's Rainbow Books list, which is how I learned about it. The story is told from the perspective of the buildings and starts all the way back in the 1840s, so you can see how the village became the village.

The illustrations were all full bleeds and you really felt like you were there! I really appreciated the racial diversity and inclusion of trans women in the illustrations. Maybe if a picture book like this existed when I was a kid I would have figured
You know that LGBTQ+ pride marches usually happen in June, but do you know why? If not, this picture book about the Stonewall riots of June 1969 will give you a historical insight. Told from the POV of the Stonewall Inn buildings, the text and illustrations succeed at depicting injustice and resistance in a way that kids can process yet is not sanitized or glossed over. An excellent nonfiction addition to the growing canon of LGBTQ+ picture books.
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: glbtq, children
Short simple book aimed at its intended children audience. Quick basic facts and illustrations of a very positive tone. Good for an elementary or young middle-school student to find on their library's shelf. Nothing controversial or debatable in the writing. Short interview with the author at the end.
Ben Truong
Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution. is a children's picture book written by Rob Sanders and illustrated by Jamey Christoph, which retells the events of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City. As this book is written to celebrate the anniversary of the uprisings, which happened today (28 June), fifty years ago, I thought it would be apropos to read this book today.

June, at least in my part of the world is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, which I plan to read one children's book, which pertains
I don't think a star rating would be fair to this book, as it's so important that it exists, and you're not going to get a perfect effort with every telling. The illustrations are great, the language is accessible if there's an adult guiding a child through it... and it is simplified. Something that bothers me is how the extra information at the back talks about trans women of color being seen by many as leaders in the movement, but they aren't given any focus in the text. If they were prominent ...more
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
STONEWALL was gorgeous to look at--I loved the artwork. Told from the perspective of one of the most famous buildings in Greenwich Village, this story will inform adults as much as it will young readers. I definitely learned something!
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a well produced book that gives the basics to young readers.
For many youngsters, it may be hard to imagine a time when police raided bars and arrested clients because of their clothing or sexual orientation. But that was exactly what happened for many years. But that began to change after one tumultuous night. June 28, 1969 was a day like many others. The police raided the Stonewall Inn in New York City and put some of those in the bar in the paddy wagon. For some reason, the onlookers decided that enough was enough, and stood their ground, refusing to l ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a very straightforward telling of the history of Stonewall, the building itself as well as the movement. I've read some reviews that call this a, "sanitized version of history." While this is not a very detailed history of the uprising and movement at Stonewall, it is definitely appropriate for young readers in introducing the history of the LGBTQ+ movement in the United States, and giving general background information. It is not a textbook, rather, a history of the original building, n ...more
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
As the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots quickly approaches this June 2019, this beautiful picture book for children (and adults) is hitting the shelves. It's so wonderful seeing a book like this being published for young children. LGBTQ+ history deserves to be known and taught in this country. Actually, there are many adults who need to know this history as well.

As it should be, the Stonewall Inn takes center stage and tells its own story from its humble beginning as a horse stable to an
Karen To
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution is a nonfiction book about the history of the Stonewall Inn and its importance to people in the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement. This book sadly hasn’t won any awards. This story talks about the LGBTQ+ movement that started because of a police raid in the very same Stonewall Inn in New York. I would recommend that children aged five and older to read this story.
I would give a rating of four out of five stars. This book has many beautifully drawn ill
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Greenwich Village has always been a great place, the creative center of New York City. 2 old buildings, built in the 1840s and joined together in the 1930s became the Stonewall Inn in the 1960s, welcoming all different kinds of people, especially the LGBTQ+ community. When intolerance turned into repeated police raids, the community stepped in, and the Stonewall Uprising began. It lasted for several days and nights, the police had never seen anything like it. Today, June 28th marks the anniversa ...more
This illustrated historical account of the Stonewall Inn is narrated by the building itself, which makes it quite unique. Starting with the buildings' origins as horse stables in early America, and up through the recent US National Monument status, the Stonewall tells the reader its story. The main focus, of course, is on the Stonewall Uprisings in June 1969.

The art is very nice and clear. I thought the account was pretty well written, though the crucial role of transgender individuals was left
Cody Lane
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Suitable for grades: 3-5

Stonewall was once a place for rich affluent people to board their horses, then the rich people moved away from the city. Stonewall slowly became a place for artists, and people alike to gather without ridicule. Night after night, the police would raid Stonewall as they didn’t like the LGBTQ+ community. Things changed on June 28th, 1969. During a raid, a riot broke out, the community was tired of being shamed and arrested for being who they were. One year later, on June 2
I'm glad there's a mainstream picture book about the Stonewall Uprising; it's an incredibly important piece of history. This book didn't really do it for me, though. The story is told from the POV of the buildings. I can't say for sure what the author intended, but it seems like he wanted to keep the audience at a safe distance, let them watch but not get involved. That's not really in the spirit of the Uprising. How about letting a trans woman of color tell the story? I found the supplemental m ...more
Wonderful picture book featuring two horse stables that are built in the 1840s in Greenwich Village and gradually witness the changes in the neighborhood until they are combined together into a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn. The story of those buildings and the riots which propelled the Gay Rights movement are contained in this beautiful picture book. Very moving and quite clever, I still have to admit while I’d love to read or share this book in a classroom, I’d still look for an ok from adm ...more
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