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“Two, four, six, eight, don’t assume your kids are straight!”

“Two, four, six, eight, don’t assume your kids are straight!”*

Happy Pride Month! And thank you, SCOTUS, for ruling to protect LGBTQIA+ workers’ civil rights! It’s about time we had some good news. Though the pandemic has forced this year’s Pride recognitions to go virtual, it’s still important to continue to lift up the experiences and contributions of LGBTQIA+ people, especially young people. While Harry Potter’s creator (a.k.a., she who shall not be named) is once again doubling down on her dangerous transphobic rhetoric, it’s critical to counter that hurtful nonsense with messages of support and love.

Here at Family Reading, we’ll celebrate the best way we know: by blowing the horn for books that center LGBTQIA+ creators and/or characters. The Guide/Reviews Database currently features Pride-themed booklists for all ages, from picture books to middle-grade readers to young adults. Read Kacen Callender's "Rule Breakers: Never a Rule to Begin With" from the May/June 2020 Breaking the Rules special issue of The Horn Book Magazine and the editors' Five Questions for the QPOC author. Make sure to check out the June 2020 issue of Notes from the Horn Book for more YA Pride fiction.

*Revisit Cynthia Platt’s "Finding a Safe Space (Or, One Family’s Search for Middle Grade LBGTQIA+ Books)" from January. Parents: this is how to embrace your child’s identity. For more, click the tag Pride Month.

Kitty Flynn
Kitty Flynn is consulting editor for The Horn Book, Inc.

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