Pride: An Inspirational History of the LGBTQ+ Movement

Penguin Workshop. Apr. 2022. 128p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780593382943.
Gr 6 Up–A short but global view of LGBTQIA+ milestones and important figures, this vibrant book shines all the colors of the rainbow on history that’s largely only been told in black and white. Bright infographics, time lines, and notable quotations add visual interest, while one-page profiles of notable figures such as Oscar Wilde, Audre Lorde, and Marsha P. Johnson will be sure to motivate readers to seek out additional sources on their own. Starting with ancient human societies across the globe and moving through the centuries to today, this bird’s eye view of LGBTQIA+ history will help young people find hope in how far we’ve come and gain inspiration for the necessary work still ahead. The author never balks at sharing hard truths about the hate and violence that many folks have faced throughout history; however, the major notes are positive, affirming, and full of pride. Inspiring messages from modern-day young adults offer many diverse perspectives and serve as a cleansing breath at the end of each chapter.
VERDICT A highly accessible, entertaining, and visually engaging nonfiction book that is a recommended first purchase for all middle and high school libraries.

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