Just for Kids: Pride Month & More!
June is Pride Month! To help celebrate, below are a few videos, books and information that highlight different individuals, information and experiences. Share them with your children, grandchildren, students, or any other youth that you know!
By showing children different lifestyles at a young age, it encourages validation and acknowledgement of diversity, and the importance of being aware of differences to promote inclusion and value.
WHAT IS PRIDE?
Below are a few videos that talk about different types of families, and some words that might be familiar or new!
FUN ACTIVITY #1: Have a grown-up help you print off the pages below to color in honor of Pride month. (Printables - courtesy of Woo! Jr.)
FUN ACTIVITY #2: Did you know that there are a lot of different Pride flags? Look at all the different ones below. Which ones are your favorite? Try coloring your own Pride flag!
FUN ACTIVITY #3: Learn about LGBTQIA+ leaders. There are a lot of amazing people who helped fight for equal rights for LGBTQIA+ communities! Check out some of the suggestions below, and have a grown-up help you learn more about one, or all of them!
These are a just a few, of many individuals who have helped make this world a better place!
A picture book that introduces the concept of gender identity to the youngest reader from writer Theresa Thorn and illustrator Noah Grigni.
Some people are boys. Some people are girls. Some people are both, neither, or somewhere in between.
This sweet, straightforward exploration of gender identity will give children a fuller understanding of themselves and others. With child-friendly language and vibrant art, It Feels Good to Be Yourself provides young readers and parents alike with the vocabulary to discuss this important topic with sensitivity.
Whenever Ari's Uncle Lior comes to visit, they ask Ari one question: "What are your words?" Some days Ari uses she/her. Other days Ari uses he/him. But on the day of the neighborhood's big summer bash, Ari doesn't know what words to use. On the way to the party, Ari and Lior meet lots of neighbors and learn the words each of them use to describe themselves, including pronouns like she/her, he/him, they/them, ey/em, and ze/zir. As Ari tries on different pronouns, they discover that it's okay to not know your words right away—sometimes you have to wait for your words to find you.
Errol and his teddy, Thomas, are best friends who do everything together. Whether it's riding a bike, playing in the tree house, having a tea party, or all of the above, every day holds something fun to do.
One sunny day, Errol finds that Thomas is sad, even when they are playing in their favorite ways. Errol can't figure out why, until Thomas finally tells Errol what the teddy has been afraid to say: "In my heart, I've always known that I'm a girl teddy, not a boy teddy. I wish my name was Tilly, not Thomas." And Errol says, "I don't care if you're a girl teddy or a boy teddy! What matters is that you are my friend."
At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo got the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.
FUN ACTIVITY #4: Celebrate Pride in the Chippewa Valley on June 12, 2021 from 11am-4pm in Phoenix Park! This is a family-friendly event, and will have vendors, game booths, a drag show, DJ and more!