#FoylesFive: Children's Pride
Andi from our Birmingham branch shares her favourite children's books that are perfect for Pride.
Baby's First Words by Christiane Engel
A gorgeous board book perfect for tiny hands! Each page has a different scene for baby to look and point at, with the words printed clearly. Perfect for looking at and learning together. It captures beautifully how this family, which consists of two dads and a little girl is no different from any other family. They play together, they eat together, learn together and love each other just like any other family. The simplicity of this book is what makes it so brilliant. There is no mention anywhere that this is a family with same-sex parents, and there doesn't need to be, because this book is about teaching baby different words, and that's exactly what it does. It's just a joy to have a book like this with a diverse family doing ordinary things. I really love this one, I'm so glad this came out in time for Pride 2017.
Pearl Power and the Girl with Two Dads by Mel Elliot
Beautifully illustrated with a nice rhyme that makes it fun to read aloud, this is Pearl's story about how she made a new friend who had two dads! She thought they would be much more fun than her own parents, letting her eat lots of sweets and do whatever she wants, but she soon realises Matilda's two dads are as boring as her parents! A lovely story of acceptance, friendship and diversity.
Who Are You? The Kid's Guide to Gender Identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee
A fantastic, empowering book for children on gender identity with the emphasis on just being you. This is a very positive introduction to the subject, and could also be a great help for adults who are trying to explain it to children. It's so simple and states everything so clearly that you'll be amazed that it could ever be a difficult subject to talk about! Whether you have a child who identifies with a different gender than they were assigned, or you're trying to educate yourself on how to talk to children about it, this is a brilliant start because it really does simplify everything and put it into a context children will understand without making it an issue or make them worry. It also has some great notes for grown-ups including links and resources.
Introducing Teddy. A Story about Being Yourself by Jessica Walton
A cute story about a boy named Errol and his teddy. They do everything together, but one day Thomas the Teddy feels sad and shares a big secret with Errol. He's not a boy teddy at all, but a girl teddy and he's afraid Errol won't be friends with him anymore. But he didn't have to worry because Errol doesn't care if he's a boy or a girl as long as they're friends and can still play together! A nice, uplifting story of friendship, that gently brings up the subject of gender identity and being yourself in a simple way for young children to understand.
This is My Family: A first look at same-sex parents by Pat Thomas
This a great if you want a non-fiction book to help explain same-sex parents to children. It explains about different kinds of families and even prompts the children to talk about themselves, and families that they know. It's a really sweet, interactive book that emphasises how each family is unique, but how each parent loves their children just the same, and how we should treat each other with respect. It also covers if children get bullied because of their families and what to do. There are resources for adults at the back, and lists of other great books to read.