The Meaning of Pride

Versify/Clarion/. Apr. 2022. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780358401513.
PreS-Gr 1–Beautiful, vibrant illustrations honor Pride history and figures. In spare text—each page has a couple sentences—the book outlines who celebrates Pride in June, how the commemoration started, and explores the word “pride” itself. The words are inclusive and uplifting; readers are asked to consider what pride looks like in their own lives. The heartfelt and empowering message is in lockstep with the bright artwork, harking back to protest art of the 1960s and 1970s through color and wavy lines. Throughout the book, people such as James Baldwin, Megan Rapinoe, and Matthew Shepard are identified with their names in tiny font. The back matter includes brief biographies of the various people mentioned, additonal resources, and an author's note each for young readers and adults. 
VERDICT One for the Pride shelves, or to share one-on-one with younger children needing more context.

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