#ReadWithPride: The importance of LGBTQIA+ representation in children's books

Mackenzie Cutruzzula  //  Jun 12, 2019

#ReadWithPride: The importance of LGBTQIA+ representation in children's books

Happy Pride Month! This June, we’re encouraging readers to #ReadWithPride!

At Scholastic, we recognize that representation matters in children’s books and that there is a growing need for children’s literature that reflects our diverse world.

We asked our followers to share with us why representation in children’s books is so important. Here's what they had to say:

Rachel J: Everyone needs access to windows and mirrors in the things they read.

Carrie E: Everyone's story deserves to be told, especially those who are marginalized.

Megan B: Representation matters because kids need to know they are not alone in the issues they face. Someone else has faced it and came out stronger!

Kelly P: Students want to see themselves, and their peers in the books they read. 

Stacey B: Representation of all people can save lives! No one deserves to grow up feeling like they are all alone.

Jacinda R: Readers deserve to read about characters they can relate to.

Kathryn M: Representation matters because no child should feel like his/her/their identity is controversial.

Eric B: Representation matters because it can be a lifeline to a student who is looking to relate to someone—characters can teach. A student can have hope that they are not alone in their journey.

Nicole P: Representation matters because, a lot of times, we might not be aware of those who need it most. Representation matters because it may be the one thing that makes them feel not alone. Representation matters because it may give those the courage to be themselves.

Kristen B: Representation in books matters so all children understand that they are valued and that they are not alone. Children should never be made to feel ashamed for being who they are.

For more, follow #ReadWithPride and #ListenWithPride on social media and join in as our festivities continue with giveaways, special podcasts, exclusive new content, and more!