Author: Gayle E. Pitman
Illustrator: Kristyna Litten
Publisher: Magination Press (American Psychological Association)
Date of Publication: May 12, 2014
Awards: 2015 Notable Books for a Global Society Awards, 2015 Stonewall Book Award, Top Ten Title on the ALA Rainbow List
Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
- Interview with the author about the library board voting to keep her book on the shelves
- Review focusing on the diverse themes of the book
This Day in June is written by Gayle E. Pitman, a professor of psychology and women’s studies at Sacramento City College who has worked extensively with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Simply saying, this book details the Pride parade that occurs every year in June. It is a great introduction for a young child to the pride of the LGBT community. The vibrant and colorful illustrations go hand in hand with the exuberant joy that jumps off the pages and its overall message of support and unity. The two line rhymes are easy to follow for young children, and additionally present in the illustrations are many messages of love and acceptance commonly found at the festival that adults and children alike will pick up on. This book does not just scratch the surface, it delves into all the subcultures found within the LGBT community within the context of celebration. This book is intended for any parent looking for a fun and informative way to open their child’s world to all its many types of human beings and how beautiful it is to celebrate differences!
**At the end of the book you can find a very informative Reading Guide full of facts about LGBT history and culture in addition to a Note to Parents and Caregivers with information on how to talk to children about sexual orientation and gender identity in age-appropriate ways.