June is Pride month and Indigenous month. These topics can be difficult to tackle with children. However, they are also empowering and necessary issues for young minds.
Here at the Niagara Falls Public Library, we have a number of incredible books aimed at younger children that will teach them all about a variety of LGBTQ+ issues and about national Indigenous issues.
Love Makes a Family
By Sophie Beer
What makes a family? Whether you have one parent, two moms, two dads, a mom and a dad, or a different kind of guardian, this book makes it clear that all you need is love to have a family.
By Robin Stevenson
This simple and charming board book goes through all the colours in the rainbow. Most importantly though, it lets children know that they are free to choose to be themselves.
This Day in June
By Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Kristyna Litten
Explain Pride parades to young children with this little story and use the more detailed endmatter to teach slightly older children about basic LGBTQ+ history.
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress
By Christine Baldacchino, illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant
Morris Micklewhite loves his tangerine dress, even though people don’t understand him and make fun of him for it. However, Morris soon changes everybody’s minds in this hilarious and inclusive tale.
You Hold Me Up
By Monique Gray-Smith, illustrated by Danielle Daniel
This inspiring picture book is all about loving and supporting one another. It also underscores the importance of reconciliation.
When We Were Alone
By David Alexander Robertson, illustrated by Julie Flett
A young girl helps her grandmother in the garden and starts to ask her grandmother questions about her culture. As the grandmother answers, the girl learns how there was a time when that culture was almost taken away.
By Celina Kalluk, illustrated by Alexandri Neonakis
This beautiful poem is the perfect bedtime treat for the little kulus in your life (an Inuktitut term of endearment) and will also teach them about traditional Inuit values and culture.
By Nicola I. Campbell, illustrated by Kim LaFave
Shin-chi receives a tiny cedar canoe from his sister to make life at the residential school easier for him. The book will help children learn about and relate to this tragic part of Canada’s history.
To borrow these or any of our other fabulous LGBTQ+ or Indigenous resources, please call the library at 905-356-8080 or visit any one of our 4 locations and a staff member will be happy to assist you.
Laura Chadwick is an Information Resources and Connections Librarian with the Niagara Falls Public Library.
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