Rainbow Revolutionaries: Fifty LGBTQ+ People Who Made History

HarperCollins. May 2020. 128p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062947758.
Gr 3-7–This middle grade resource profiles 50 LGBTQ+ people. Each double-page spread contains a full-page illustration of the person rendered in a folk art style. The single page of text offers background information detailing the person’s life, such as why they are included in the book as well as their personal accomplishments. The text is easy to understand, making it accessible to a wide range of readers. A variety of individuals are represented and span cultures, time periods, and occupations. Historical and modern figures are included. There are sports heroes (Billie Jean King), mathematicians (Benjamin Banneker), dancers, artists, political figures (Alexander the Great and Georgina Beyer), soldiers, and inventors. Readers will enjoy the ease of dropping in and reading a little bit here and there, but some middle schoolers may be put off by the impression that it is a picture book.
VERDICT A browsable guide for middle school readers looking to get an overview of LGBTQ+ individuals throughout history.

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