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Editor's Pick: 7 Children's Books Celebrating Pride Month

Editor's Pick: 7 Children's Books Celebrating Pride Month

We all want to teach our kids kindness, inclusivity, and compassion. Learning starts at home; the first step begins with making our bookshelves inclusive, stripping off gender stereotypes and disrupting sexism. The world is a big place with all kinds of people, and children deserve to know what gender identity and expression mean? Books are safe heavens; that pleasantly introduce children to LGBTQI+ characters and families that make them aware of sexuality at a young age. Moreover, books provide a safe corner for teenagers to breathe freely, allowing them to be themselves, knowing that they are not alone with their feelings. 

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1. GENDER BENDER COMBO BY KARADI TALES

If you're looking to introduce the concept of gender to your young ones, look no further. With two critically acclaimed books one a tender story about a young Kashmiri boy's passion for embroidery and the other a little girl's struggle against orthodoxy this combo is one with a simple, yet valuable message about pushing past traditional gender roles.

2. RITU WEDS CHANDNI (6 TO 9 YEARS) BY PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE

Ayesha is excited to attend her cousin Ritu’s wedding. She can barely wait to dance at the baraat! But not everyone is happy that Ritu is marrying her girlfriend, Chandni. Some have even vowed to stop the celebrations. Will Ayesha be able to save her cousin’s big day?

3. THE BEST AT IT (9 TO 12 YEARS) BY HARPERCOLLINS

Those four little words sear themselves into Rahul's brain. Funny, charming, and incredibly touching, this is a story about friendship, family, and the courage it takes to live your truth.

4. THE UNBOY BOY BY PICKLE YOLK BOOKS

Young Gagan is at ease being what he is: quiet, gentle, sensitive, and an animal and book lover. But his family and friends think of him as being not boy enough and want to make him more boy-like.

5. GROWING UP GOOD COMBO (PACK OF 2) BY TULIKA BOOKS

Growing up into the teens is empowering — and just sometimes, confusing and confidence-sapping. Adolescence and young adulthood are a time of questioning — but also a time of not knowing who to ask, whose answers to trust, whom to even trust enough to open up to.

6. THE BOY IN THE CUPBOARD (7 TO 9 YEARS) BY LETTORI PRESS

A heartfelt tale about a boy trying to understand himself and his place in the world, The Boy in the Cupboard is for everyone who's ever questioned something they were blindly asked to believe in.

7. THE OUTRAGE (14 TO 17 YEARS) BY USBORNE

You know, when you live in a time of progress, it seems that progress is the only possible way. The idea that everything we'd gained, all of those hard-won rights, could be taken away from us, and that open minds could be closed again? But then the Outrage happened."

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