LGBTQI Pride or Rainbow Storytime Resources
Looking for storytime resources to celebrate Pride Day (usually held in June), or to coincide with your community’s Pride Parade? Below are some great recommendations from Meredith Steiner, Children’s Librarian at the San Francisco Public Library.
Storytime Book Ideas (for Pride month and all year round)
This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman: https://sfpl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/2741239093_this_day_in_june – This is a great one as it shows a LGBTQI pride parade in an honest, colorful, and easily accessible way.
Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne Lang: https://sfpl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/2952629093_families,_families,_families – A great storytime read with lots of family diversity.
Ten Things I Love About You by Daniel Kirk: https://sfpl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/2591276093_ten_things_i_love_about_you
Introducing Teddy: A Gentle Story About Gender and Friendship by Jess Walton: https://sfpl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/3226246093_introducing_teddy
A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager: https://sfpl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/2653656093_a_tale_of_two_daddies
A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager:https://sfpl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/2653655093_a_tale_of_two_mommies
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson:https://sfpl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1224934038
Donovan’s Big Day by Leslèa Newman:https://sfpl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/2451015093_donovans_big_day
Dogs Don’t Do Ballet by Anna Kemphttps://sfpl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/2383628093_dogs_dont_do_ballet
More books can be found on this site: https://sfpl.bibliocommons.com/list/share/378225037_sfpl_kids/515449548 – SFPL_Kids Bibliocommons list (and many other lists as well)
Storytime Song and Activity Ideas Songs:
“Skinnamarink”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ix_LyeuYbcI “All I Really Need”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=eerjiaH8dRE\
Activity: Multicolored Scarves (and Parachutes) are rainbow-like, so they’re great for your Pride storytime.
Ideas for scarf use:
Using Scarves in Storytime – www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2016/02/using-scarves-in-storytime/ -(ALSC blog post)
Scarf Songs and Rhymes –www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcw3Y8sV0xpvzpB_c3sVKAY42r_qBVQ11 (Jbrary YouTube videos)
Using Props in Storytimes: Scarves – https://gettinggiggles.wordpress.com/2015/11/06/using-props-in-storytime-scarves/ (blog post)
Of course, if you have the funds, you could have a Drag Queen Storytime: www.sfgate.com/life/article/Drag-Queen-Story-Hour-San-Francisco-Public-Library-6856221.php
Craft Programs, for storytimes or stand-alone programs:
Make rainbow flags with colored paper, markers, crayons, colored pencils, or paint – www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAnp-X6lwJU
Make rainbow bead necklaces – http://buggyandbuddy.com/st-patricks-day-crafts-kids-beaded-rainbow-necklace/
Make rainbows out of felt – http://craftsbyamanda.com/rainbow-crafts-felt-rainbow-magnet/Rainbow yarn crafts – http://erinterrellclarkson.typepad.com/blog/2010/08/kids-crafts-from-parents-magazine.html
“Get Ready for the Pride Parade” Program:
Gather the supplies (posterboard, paints, markers, beads, string, etc.) and provide a space for children and families to make signs, necklaces, hats, or whatever else you can dream up in preparation for their participation in the Pride parade, either as the watchers or as marchers. This program could be part of a partnership with an organization that is marching in the parade, or you could invite patrons to join the library’s contingent.
Laurin Mayeno, author of One of a Kind Like Me / Unico como yo: http://www.mayenoconsulting.com/
Marcus Ewert, author of 10,000 Dresses: www.jacketflap.com/marcus-ewert/101414
Ian and Sarah Hoffman, authors of Jacob’s New Dress: www.sarahandianhoffman.com/
Gayle E. Pitman, author of This Day in June: http://gaylepitman.com/
Gettin’ Subversive: Welcoming LGBTQ Families at Your Library: www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2013/06/gettin-subversive-welcoming-lgbt-families-at-your-library/> (ALSC Blog) – includes books ideas and other resources.
Creating a Welcoming and Inclusive Environment for Children of LGBTQ Families: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1Lo2EoBqrahMGM5cXRFdi03Nmc/view – created for schools, but relevant for libraries as well.
Welcoming Schools Website:www.welcomingschools.org/ – again, created for schools, but LOTS of great information and book lists.
Meredith Steiner, San Francisco Public Library