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Books That Are Perfect For Pride Month
(and just perfect in general!) (Updated, July 2024)

Celebrating Pride Month with Books

Hello everyone, and welcome to our special blog post celebrating Pride Month! 🌈 This June, we’re diving into the wonderful world of children’s books that teach us about pride, inclusivity, equality, and the importance of kindness.

Why Pride Month Matters

Pride Month is not just about colorful parades and festivities—it’s a celebration of diversity, acceptance, and the ongoing fight for equal rights and representation for the LGBTQ+ community. It’s a time to acknowledge and honor the struggles and triumphs of those who have fought for the right to love and live freely.

Why Read Books about Pride?

Books are powerful tools for teaching empathy and understanding, especially to young minds. They introduce children to different perspectives, cultures, and identities, fostering a sense of inclusivity and respect from an early age. By reading books that feature LGBTQ+ characters and themes, children learn that love comes in many forms, and that differences should be celebrated, not feared.

Let’s get into it!

  1. This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman

Imagine a joyful parade where everyone comes together to celebrate love and acceptance. This Day in June beautifully captures the spirit of a Pride celebration, showing children the excitement and unity of the LGBTQ+ community. Through colorful illustrations and lively text, it portrays a festive atmosphere where diversity is embraced and celebrated.

The book includes a helpful "Note to Parents and Other Caregivers" with guidance on discussing sexual orientation and gender identity in age-appropriate ways, making it a valuable resource for families and educators alike.

This Day in June: Pitman, Gayle E., Litten, Kristyna: 9781433816598:  Amazon.com: Books
Many LGBTQ books for kids often overlook and omit People of Color. However, this title stands out by ensuring diverse representation. Readers will find themselves reflected in the pages, making it a more inclusive and representative reading experience for all.

  1. Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders

Did you know the history behind the iconic rainbow flag? Pride:The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag  tells the inspiring true story of Harvey Milk, a pioneering gay politician, and Gilbert Baker, the artist who created the rainbow flag as a symbol of pride and hope for the LGBTQ+ community.

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag

This beautifully illustrated picture book explores their journey from the flag’s creation in 1978 to its global impact today. It’s a story of resilience, activism, and the power of symbols to unite people in their quest for equal rights and visibility. Also, here is a little trivia for you, it is the very first picture book to tell the remarkable and inspiring history of pride and the flag!

  1. Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer

Love is what truly makes a family, no matter its shape or size. In this heartwarming board book, children see that families can have two moms, two dads, or any configuration of loving caregivers. Each page depicts diverse families engaged in everyday activities like baking, gardening, and reading together, emphasizing the universal importance of love and togetherness.

Love Makes a Family

This simple yet profound message resonates with young children learning about the diverse world around them.

  1. The ABCs of Queer History by Seema Yasmin

From Audre Lorde to George Takei, The ABCs of Queer History introduces children to key figures and events in LGBTQ+ history through lively rhymes and vibrant illustrations. Each letter of the alphabet represents an important aspect of queer culture and activism, from iconic individuals to pivotal moments like the Stonewall Riots. This engaging picture book not only educates young readers about historical milestones but also inspires them to embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion in their own lives.


Ultimately, it’s a book that teaches kids a different kind of ABCs—not just simple words like apple, ball, or cat, but the essence of diversity, equity, and inclusivity. It emphasizes that everyone's story matters and encourages us to open our eyes, ears, minds, and hearts to understand and celebrate each other's experiences.

  1. Your Child and The RainbowBird by Manimal Tales

Imagine your child diving into a personalized adventure where they meet RainbowBird, who faces teasing from CattyCat and Crew. RainbowBird feels sad, but your child swoops in with a clever idea to show all the Manimals that being unique is awesome!

After reading the story together, chat with your child about times they've felt left out and how it made them feel. Talk about the power of kindness and how they can make sure everyone feels included. Maybe even make a list of people—like scientists, artists, and activists—who were seen as 'different' but made amazing contributions to the world.

You and the Rainbowbird


Encourage your child to be a RainbowBird in their own way—spreading joy and celebrating diversity wherever they go! This book isn't just about RainbowBird—it's about embracing kindness, standing up for others, and knowing that being different is what makes us all wonderfully unique. As this is a personalized book catered to your child with their name in the story, it is more impactful and much more engaging. Even though not very direct in the approach of explaining LGBTQ and pride it talks about the importance of kindness and diversity in a very fun way. 

Why These Books Matter

Each of these books serves a crucial role in educating children about love, acceptance, and the beauty of diversity. They provide windows into lives that may be different from their own, encouraging compassion and empathy. Moreover, they empower children to embrace their identities and understand that everyone deserves respect and kindness.

Conclusion

As we celebrate Pride Month, let’s remember the importance of teaching our children about inclusivity and equality. By reading books that celebrate LGBTQ+ pride, we teach children to be more compassionate and understanding. Let’s continue to learn, grow, and celebrate love in all its forms!

Happy Pride Month! 🏳️‍🌈

General Questions

Manimal Tales is a publisher of beautifully illustrated personalized books. We have personalized books for children and adults. From birthday books to new baby tales, and from bedtime stories to ABC books, we have custom books for all occasions!

We even offer PhotoStories, our personalized picture books with photos.

At Manimal Tales, we fervently believe every child should be the hero of their own story!

Personalized books (or custom books as they are sometimes referred to) allow the reader to become the hero of the story - literally.

The main character in the story is the reader / receiver of the book, and is represented by an avatar that looks like them. There are usually lots of additional personalized details printed in the stories, including the receiver's name, age, family members and more.

Our PhotoStories offer a whole new level of personalization by allowing you to add your own photos into the story and have them printed out with the book.

Browse through our collection of custom books to see which ones work for your loved ones!

It's super easy to personalize your own book!

Browse through our collection of personalized stories and select the titles you want. On the product page, add the details required to personalize the book (name, age, family members, photos etc.). You can then preview the entire book before you buy, so you know exactly what you're going to get!

Once you're satisfied, add the book to your cart, enter your payment details and your unique, one-of-a-kind personalized book will arrive on your doorstep in 6 to 9 days!

The short answer is that it depends on the personalized book title in question!

All books will have your loved one as the main protagonist and their name will be printed on the book cover as well as in the story.

In some of our books like Dreamland and What Will I Be? the (the An ABC Story) your loved one's name is printed on every page.

In our Manimal Tales series, in addition to your child's name, you can select an avatar that looks like your child.

In our custom baby tales, Your Baby's Story and Your Baby's Story (Sibling version), you have to enter names and select avatars for the parents and the siblings as well.

And for our PhotoStories, you can further customize the books by uploading and adding your own photos directly into the book. The stories have been written to incorporate the photos as part of the story itself.

Whichever personalized book you do choose, we guarantee your loved one's will love our custom tales just as much as we do!

We have books for all ages and occasions! On the menu bar at the top of the page you can filter through our collections of personalized books by a variety of different criteria.

We have personalized books for:

- Birthdays

- New babies / baby showers

- Bedtime books

- Back To School / ABC books

- Seek & Find books

We also offer custom books with engaging stories about:

- Friendship and bravery

- Standing up for your beliefs

- Animal rights and adventure

We have personalized books across all ages:

- 0 to 3 years

- 3 to 6 years

- 6 years and above

- Adult stories

Lastly we have our PhotoStories, which allow users to upload photos and have them become part of the story!

- Happy Birthday Personalized PhotoStory

- Your Baby's Personalized PhotoStory

Nothing beats getting a book with your name on it!

Personalized books are treasured and loved by all, and make great keepsakes.

We offer custom books for all occasions, ensuring you will always find a book to meet your needs.

You can always reach us by filling out our Contact Form.

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