Pride
The very first picture book about the remarkable and inspiring story of the Gay Pride Flag!In this deeply moving and empowering true story, young readers will trace the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings in 1978 with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today’s world. Award-winning author Rob Sanders’s stirring text, and acclaimed illustrator Steven Salerno’s evocative images, combine to tell this remarkable - and undertold - story. A story of love, hope, equality, and pride.

Pride Details

TitlePride
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 10th, 2018
PublisherRandom House
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Lgbt, History, Nonfiction

Pride Review

  • KC
    January 1, 1970
    For all those neigh sayers regarding the content of this book and not being appropriate for elementary age children...what better time to start teaching empathy, kindness, acceptance, understanding, and most importantly HUMAN RIGHTS than when one is young?!?!?
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  • Amber Webb
    January 1, 1970
    Pride was a well written nonfiction picture book that will make an excellent addition to any level classroom library. The text and story are simple enough for even the youngest learners to follow and the story has opportunities for in depth discussions with older learners. This would be a great book for #ClassroomBookADay to facilitate discussions about strength, leadership, change, power, control, politics and differing opinions. On a personal level, I knew very little of the story of Harvey Mi Pride was a well written nonfiction picture book that will make an excellent addition to any level classroom library. The text and story are simple enough for even the youngest learners to follow and the story has opportunities for in depth discussions with older learners. This would be a great book for #ClassroomBookADay to facilitate discussions about strength, leadership, change, power, control, politics and differing opinions. On a personal level, I knew very little of the story of Harvey Milk and nothing of the story of the creation of the pride flag. I found this book informational and entertaining. I enjoyed taking some time to learn about this piece of history. Seeing the flag now will give me a new appreciation for what went into creating it and the movement behind it.
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  • Aliza Werner
    January 1, 1970
    While a more in depth biography of Harvey Milk is needed, this PB, focusing on the story behind the rainbow flag, which is representative of the LGBTQ community and movement for equal rights, is important to tell. No doubt there will be adults who wonder if this topic is "appropriate" for children. I say 1000% yes. "But this book talks about assassination!" And kids know all about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination as a hate crime. They can know about this hate motivated crime, too. "Bu While a more in depth biography of Harvey Milk is needed, this PB, focusing on the story behind the rainbow flag, which is representative of the LGBTQ community and movement for equal rights, is important to tell. No doubt there will be adults who wonder if this topic is "appropriate" for children. I say 1000% yes. "But this book talks about assassination!" And kids know all about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination as a hate crime. They can know about this hate motivated crime, too. "But it talks about gay people!" Yup! It sure does. And how wonderful that kids can learn about people who are undoubtedly in their communities, neighborhoods, classrooms, circle of friends, and families. This book acknowledges there are LGBTQ people in the world who just want to love the people they love, sharing equal rights with heterosexual people. "But there are protests and marches!" Yes, and what an excellent way to show children how they can exercise their First Amendment rights, be the cause for change, and to stand up when something is not fair. Count this in when diversifying your classroom library and be ready to share the message that love is love is love is love is love.
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  • Ireadkidsbooks
    January 1, 1970
    Superficial both regarding Milk (about whom a good picture book biography is desperately needed) and the flag.
  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 for this one. As another reviewer noted, this picture book doesn't really do justice to Harvey Milk who deserves a more substantial treatment in a future biography. But it does provide the background to the creation of the rainbow-hued Gay Pride Flag and the hope that it instills. Older readers who remember those more repressive times back in 1978 will smile to see how far we've come in many respects while other, younger readers, may shake their heads in astonishment at how things were or pe 3.5 for this one. As another reviewer noted, this picture book doesn't really do justice to Harvey Milk who deserves a more substantial treatment in a future biography. But it does provide the background to the creation of the rainbow-hued Gay Pride Flag and the hope that it instills. Older readers who remember those more repressive times back in 1978 will smile to see how far we've come in many respects while other, younger readers, may shake their heads in astonishment at how things were or perhaps wonder if there is a movement back to those times. Nevertheless, whatever the reaction, this is an important addition to a collection devoted to LGBTQ and civil rights concerns. After all, the flag simply represents what Harvey Milk and others dreamed of--fair treatment. In preparation for marches for equality, Milk had the brainstorm that the movement needed a flag, and Gilbert Baker, an artist, designed one to be carried during the marches through San Francisco's streets. After Milk's assassination, others began to fly the flag, modified from eight stripes to six, and it appeared across the globe, a symbol of acceptance and hope that things would get better. The exuberant and colorful illustrations make what might have been a dry subject more personal and dramatic. Biographical notes include information about the Pride Flag, Harvey Milk, Gilbert Baker, and the importance of June 26, 2015. There are also timelines provided in the back matter. I'm delighted to add this book to my classroom collection since so many students have only a limited notion of what civil rights entails. This picture book expands their conception of civil rights and equality with discussion of a very tangible, noticeable symbol.
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  • Enriquez
    January 1, 1970
    While I very much understand the value of imparting this history, this book is listed as being for 5-8 year olds. This is historical info that is beyond their scope at that age. Teaching this age range that some couples are a man and a woman, some are two men, and others are two women makes sense at this age. However, plunging them into activism, assassination, protest lingo, etc is generally a level of history reserved for older kids. At the top end of this age range they are only *possibly* be While I very much understand the value of imparting this history, this book is listed as being for 5-8 year olds. This is historical info that is beyond their scope at that age. Teaching this age range that some couples are a man and a woman, some are two men, and others are two women makes sense at this age. However, plunging them into activism, assassination, protest lingo, etc is generally a level of history reserved for older kids. At the top end of this age range they are only *possibly* beginning to notice sexual attraction at all, much less have any comprehension of what’s entailed in the letters LGBTQ. We wouldn’t teach this age group about the holocaust so why this?This should have been re-written and aimed at least at middle school.
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  • Alida
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Mr. Sanders and Mr. Salerno. Well done. I'm very glad that libraries are carrying this book and making it available to LGBTQ+ parents and any other person that wishes to advance social justice. So many lives would have been saved if more these books could have been published in the 70's and 80's.As to the topic of age "appropriateness" (we all know the meaning of that code word), it is precisely kids in this age bracket that needs to be educated and vaccinated against bigotry. This is Thank you Mr. Sanders and Mr. Salerno. Well done. I'm very glad that libraries are carrying this book and making it available to LGBTQ+ parents and any other person that wishes to advance social justice. So many lives would have been saved if more these books could have been published in the 70's and 80's.As to the topic of age "appropriateness" (we all know the meaning of that code word), it is precisely kids in this age bracket that needs to be educated and vaccinated against bigotry. This is how prejudice is reduced in future generations - story time by story time. Hopefully in a generation or two more there will be no more "this topic is not age appropriate."
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a breath of fresh air for the biography section. This is a step towards providing children with the ideas and thoughts that create equality and justice for all.
  • Tonya
    January 1, 1970
    Although this book depicts some historical accuracy, the content is not appropriate for a picture book meant for children. Topics and terms of LGBTQ, assassination, gay, protests, etc are not age appropriate for elementary children.
  • Katy
    January 1, 1970
    I have a few minor issues with some artistic choices in this. Overall I liked the story and the art, however.
  • MR
    January 1, 1970
    Although I understand the importance of teaching children about history, hope and equality, the subject matter of this book talks about much more than that. It talks about Gay activism, assassination, LGBT terminology, Gay marriage legislation, and much more adult content than children are mature enough to handle. This book is listed for audiences for grade level 3rd-5th grade. As a Pediatric Therapist and Psychologist, I can assure you that this content is not appropriate for this age group.
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  • Earl
    January 1, 1970
    Pride and hope take center stage in this picture book focusing on LGBTQ activist Harvey Milk and how the rainbow flag became a symbol for those things. It traces how the latter has evolved from Gilbert Baker's original concept to its current incarnation. How I wish it would have mentioned its evolving design as well.
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  • Cassaundra
    January 1, 1970
    This story gives a brief history of the Pride Flag and the people who created the idea and made it reality! It's a good story. If children are exposed to these stories, in this way, at a young age; I think there will be more acceptance when they are older. The negative comment I have is that I don't understand why it's not a non-fiction title???
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  • Maggie Mattmiller
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars because I think this book and content are so needed and important. I wanted more though, as it feels very surface level. By being surface level, however, I suppose it creates a space that is more accessible to a wider audience. (I completely disagree with those who feel the content is inappropriate for younger kids, and elementary kids. Absolutely not!!!)
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  • Read Ribbet
    January 1, 1970
    This latest addition to the great genre of picture book biography focuses on the life and death of Harvey Milk with a special focus on how the Rainbow Flag came to symbolize the movement. The book advocates for hope and tolerance in telling the story of this man and hi role in creating this iconic symbol.
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  • Jenny Yergin
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this was a very appropriate and informative book for children about Harvey Milk and the rainbow flag. I think it provides the right amount of information at the right level for elementary school children. It is a great addition to a library collection. Great artwork.
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  • Christine Irvin
    January 1, 1970
    This is the true story of how the Rainbow Flag got its start. The colorful story is wonderfully illustrated with color paintings. Readers will learn how the Rainbow Flag got its start and what it symbolized.
  • Ryan M. Hanna
    January 1, 1970
    This was a beautiful book. I did not realize the lives of Harvey Milk and the creator of the rainbow/pride flag (Gilbert Baker) were so connected. This is an outstanding book for young people to learn about one of the most prominent symbols for equality and the heroic life of Harvey Milk.
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  • Piyali
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful message, beautiful artwork.
  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful book.
  • Paul Hankins
    January 1, 1970
    I know I have friends who will want to see this book and this is why I am pushing out a quick review and share out to the social media spaces.
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