Have Pride by Stella Caldwell
Have Pride is a book aimed at children aged 12+ and is a journey through the history of LGBTQ+. The book is bursting with colour, matching the pride rainbow flag, which makes it really eye catching and visually interesting. We especially liked the extra details to the design such as when you hold the book flat. If you look at the pages from the side you can see the pride colours.
The book details the history of how LGBTQ+ people have been discriminated against and celebrates those that made a stand for LGBTQ+ communities. At the end of each chapter there is a ‘Why I have pride’ profile from modern members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Why we have pride
This book came with perfect timing as Faith identifies as Pansexual and June was pride month. So, I had been talking to Faith about what she understands in terms of why there is a pride month. She could not find very much information that was child friendly and did not fully understand why we have pride. When I was given the opportunity to review this book, I jumped at the chance.
The book starts with how people were discriminated against from the earliest records to the 1900’s. It talks about the laws we had which meant that gay men would be hanged if they were found guilty of sodomy. Straight away, this opened up so much discussion and Faith found it quite distressing to imagine that people were killed for being who they were born to be.
I would definitely recommend this book for any child aged 12+ who identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community. I think it is important for kids to know their roots and appreciate how far things have changed, due to the brave men and women that showed their pride before them. Of course I understand that there is still a way to go until there is true equality for the LGBTQ+ community, but this book gives hope to the reader that things can change and people can make a difference.