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This Day in June Hardcover – Illustrated, May 5 2014

4.8 out of 5 stars 227 ratings

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This Day in June book cover Rainbow: A First Book of Pride cover Papa, Daddy, and Riley book cover Sewing the Rainbow book cover
This Day in June Rainbow: A First Book of Pride Papa, Daddy, and Riley Sewing the Rainbow
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Awards Stonewall Book Award Winner; ALA Rainbow Book List Selection; Notable Books for a Global Society Award Winner Amazon Teachers' Pick Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year; NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book National Parenting Product Award Winner; Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards Honor; ALA Rainbow Book List Selection; NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book
Review quote "This beautifully illustrated book is a great addition to a school or personal library." —School Library Journal "A joyous tribute to LGBTQ families." —Publishers Weekly "Absolutely recommended... and sure to be a storytime winner.” —Booklist (STARRED review) "Beautiful and bright." —Kirkus Reviews

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Named one of the most important books of the last decade by The Advocate's "40 Under 40" list

Named one of the Top 11 Most Challenged Books of 2018 and Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books of the Past Decade in 2020 by American Library Association

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

"The pride primer." --The New Yorker

"A beautifully illustrated, and beautifully explained, look at Pride through the eyes of a child. The book ends with the words, "This day in June, we're all united!" an inspiring message that should be just as uplifting for adults as it is affirming for youth."--Philadelphia Gay News

"This Day In June adds a bright spot for diversity on any bookshelf, and will help bring the true colors and beautiful experience of LGBT pride to life for school age children and their families."--Ellen Kahn, Director of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Family Project.

"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."--Publishers Weekly

"This Day in June is the pride parade picture book queer parents have been waiting for since, oh, 1970. We've needed something that captured the joy and exuberance of the event, and something that helped kids picture the glorious range of gender expression and queer fabulousness that is so righteously on display at Pride (and by contrast so absent in most of our kids' everyday lives). We've wanted a sweet, playful opportunity to talk in advance about what they'll see, what it'll be like. We've wanted to help them get as excited as we do, in anticipation, and have a way to share it with their friends."

"Intended for children ages four through eight--but absolutely a book every PFLAGer will want on their shelf--the book serves as an excellent tool for teaching respect, understanding, and affirmation of LGBTQ people."--PFLAG Voice blog

"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."--School Library Journal

"When you reach the last of this book, you will immediately turn to the beginning pages to read it all over again."--Pride Agenda

"The bouncy rhymes convey feelings and snapshots of parade scenes rather than a narrative storyline, but that doesn't lessen the book's impact. We're introduced to dykes on bikes, people in leather, drag queens and others of varying gender expressions, politicians, marching bands, and parents with their children. The diverse characters in Kristyna Litten's colorful illustrations jump and dance and swirl."--Bay Windows

"The text of Gayle E. Pitman's flows like poetry from page to page and is partnered with the joyous illustrations by Kristyna Litten."--EDGE on the Net

"Curious children who are learning about gender, identity, and self-expression will love learning about the diverse and unwavering LGBT community in a colorful book that celebrates pride. Parents who are eager to talk to their kids about the ways in which people are different, or about LGBT Pride month in general will find that This Day In June provides excellent context and serves as a conversation starter."--One Equal World

"If you have never been to a pride parade, read this book to see what you are missing." --No Time for Flash Cards

About the Author

Gayle E. Pitman, PhD,is a professor of psychology and women's studies at Sacramento City College. Her teaching and writing focuses on gender and sexual orientation, and she has worked extensively with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ+) community. She is the author ofThis Day in June,When You Look Out the Window, andSewing the Rainbow. She lives in California. Visit her at and follow her on Facebook: @GaylePitmanAuthor, Twitter: @GaylePitman, and Instagram: @GaylePitman.

Kristyna Littenstudied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. Kristyna is influenced by books and animation from Eastern Europe which has led to a fascination for illustrating and writing her own picture books. She prefers to draw quickly to give an energetic line quality to her illustrations, often adding color and other hand-produced textures digitally. She lives in England. Follow Kristyna on Facebook: @KristynaLitten and Twitter: @KristynaLitten.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 143381658X
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Magination Press; Illustrated edition (May 5 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9781433816581
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1433816581
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 299 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 25.65 x 1.27 x 20.57 cm
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    4.8 out of 5 stars 227 ratings

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