This day in June

Gayle E. Pitman

Book - 2014

"A picture book illustrating a Pride parade. The endmatter serves as a primer on LGBT history and culture and explains the references made in the story"--

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Subjects
Genres
Stories in rhyme
Picture books
Published
Washington, DC : Magination Press [2014]
Language
English
Item Description
"American Psychological Association."
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
ISBN
9781433816581
143381658X
Main Author
Gayle E. Pitman (-)
Other Authors
Kristyna Litten (illustrator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Punchy rhymes like "Motors roaring/ Spirits soaring/ Voices chanting/ Doggies panting," could describe any number of jubilant summer parades; add in "Clad in leather/ Perfect weather," and the field narrows. Pitman, in her first book for children, salutes the LGBT parades that take place across the U.S. in June. Her couplets keep things marching steadily forward, but it's Litten's artwork that creates a sense of joyous excitement and showcases the diversity on display. Wisely, Litten only outlines the happy crowds and buildings in the background (placards reading "Born This Way" and "= Rights" are everywhere), saving color and detail for the marchers themselves. Organizations like the Human Rights Campaign and San Francisco's elaborately costumed Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence appear, along with smiling politicians, women on motorcycles, shirtless dancers, and genderqueer drag queens with flowing gowns, feathered headpieces, and facial hair. Children are in the mix throughout, as well, driving home the underlying message: "All invited/ All excited." Substantial endnotes discuss each scene and provide context for the people and groups represented, along with parental tips for discussing gender and sexuality. Ages 4–8. (May) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—Filled with saturated colors and vivid illustrations, this picture book uses rhyming couplets to convey the fun and exuberate feelings assocated with a pride parade for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and families. For example, "Rainbow arches/Joyful marches/Motors roaring/Spirits soaring." The cartoon artwork is richly detailed and capture the "Banners swaying/Children playing." The diversity shown at the pride parade is realistic; both homosexual and heterosexual people, young and old, are depicted as well as individuals, couples, and families. At the end of the book, a "Reading Guide" provides explanations for the images and allusions in the book. Additionally, a "Note to Parents and Caregivers" offers suggestions for talking to various age levels of children about LGBT families. This beautifully illustrated book is a great addition to a school or personal library to add diversity in a responsible manner without contributing to stereotypes about LGBT people.—April Sanders, Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL [Page 88]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A wildly whimsical, validating, and exuberant reflection of the LGBT community, This Day in June welcomes kids to experience a pride celebration and share in a day when we are all united.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Named one of the Top 11 Most Challenged Books of 2018 by American Library Association (joined by Two Boys Kissing by David Leviathan, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Judy Sherman Alexie, Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner, This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, and George by Alex Gino)Winner of the 2015 Stonewall Book Award—Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Award A Top Ten Title, 2015 American Library Association Rainbow List Winner, 2015 Notable Books for a Global Society Awards Named one of the most important books of the last decade by The Advocate's "40 Under 40" listThis day in June…. Parade starts soon….  Rainbow arches…. Joyful marches! In a wildly whimsical, validating, and exuberant reflection of the LGBT community, This Day In June welcomes readers to experience a pride celebration and share in a day when we are all united. Also included is a Note to Parents and Other Caregivers with information on how to talk to children about sexual orientation and gender identity in age-appropriate ways as well as a Reading Guide chock-full of facts about LGBT history and culture. This Day in June is an excellent tool for teaching respect, acceptance, and understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"A picture book illustrating a Pride parade. The endmatter serves as a primer on LGBT history and culture and explains the references made in the story"--