Pride by Rob Sanders


The very first picture book about the remarkable and inspiring story of the Gay Pride Flag!In this deeply moving and empowering true story, young readers will trace the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings in 1978 with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today’s world. Award-winning author Rob Sanders’s stirring text, and acclaimed illustrator Steven Salerno’s evocat...

Details Pride

Release DateApr 10th, 2018
PublisherRandom House
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Lgbt, History, Nonfiction, Biography

Reviews Pride

  • KC
    For all those neigh sayers regarding the content of this book and not being appropriate for elementary age children...what better time to start teaching empathy, kindness, acceptance, understanding, and most importantly HUMAN RIGHTS than when one is young?!?!?
  • Amber Webb
    Pride was a well written nonfiction picture book that will make an excellent addition to any level classroom library. The text and story are simple enough for even the youngest learners to follow and the story has opportunities for in depth discussions with older learners. This would be a great book for #ClassroomBookADay to facilitate discussions about strength, leadership, change, power, control, politics and differing opinions. On a personal l...
  • Aliza Werner
    While a more in depth biography of Harvey Milk is needed, this PB, focusing on the story behind the rainbow flag, which is representative of the LGBTQ community and movement for equal rights, is important to tell. No doubt there will be adults who wonder if this topic is "appropriate" for children. I say 1000% yes. "But this book talks about assassination!" And kids know all about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination as a hate crime. They ...
  • Ireadkidsbooks
    Superficial both regarding Milk (about whom a good picture book biography is desperately needed) and the flag.
  • Barbara
    3.5 for this one. As another reviewer noted, this picture book doesn't really do justice to Harvey Milk who deserves a more substantial treatment in a future biography. But it does provide the background to the creation of the rainbow-hued Gay Pride Flag and the hope that it instills. Older readers who remember those more repressive times back in 1978 will smile to see how far we've come in many respects while other, younger readers, may shake th...
  • Lindsey
    This is a beautiful, kid-friendly biography about activist Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag he created with Gilbert Baker. It does mention that he was assassinated ("Their lives were taken by a man who did not think like Harvey, or feel like him, or love like him.") but it does not go into details. Instead, though book focuses on how he paved the way for future activism and encouraged people to show their pride. I loved the reminder of the night ...
  • Enriquez
    While I very much understand the value of imparting this history, this book is listed as being for 5-8 year olds. This is historical info that is beyond their scope at that age. Teaching this age range that some couples are a man and a woman, some are two men, and others are two women makes sense at this age. However, plunging them into activism, assassination, protest lingo, etc is generally a level of history reserved for older kids. At the top...
  • Alida
    Thank you Mr. Sanders and Mr. Salerno. Well done. I'm very glad that libraries are carrying this book and making it available to LGBTQ+ parents and any other person that wishes to advance social justice. So many lives would have been saved if more these books could have been published in the 70's and 80's.As to the topic of age "appropriateness" (we all know the meaning of that code word), it is precisely kids in this age bracket that needs to be...
  • Emily
    Great basic info about Harvey Milk and the origin of the Rainbow Flag. Would have liked to see in the additional information something about the different color's meanings.
  • Angie
    Such a beautiful book
  • Emily
    This is such a breath of fresh air for the biography section. This is a step towards providing children with the ideas and thoughts that create equality and justice for all.
  • Tonya
    Although this book depicts some historical accuracy, the content is not appropriate for a picture book meant for children. Topics and terms of LGBTQ, assassination, gay, protests, etc are not age appropriate for elementary children.
  • MR
    Although I understand the importance of teaching children about history, hope and equality, the subject matter of this book talks about much more than that. It talks about Gay activism, assassination, LGBT terminology, Gay marriage legislation, and much more adult content than children are mature enough to handle. This book is listed for audiences for grade level 3rd-5th grade. As a Pediatric Therapist and Psychologist, I can assure you that this...
  • Katy
    I have a few minor issues with some artistic choices in this. Overall I liked the story and the art, however.
  • Kyra Nay
    This accessible picture book introduces young readers to gay rights activist and the one of the first openly-gay elected officials in the U.S. Harvey Milk, the Rainbow Flag’s creation by artist Gilbert Baker, and the history of the gay rights movement in America. Sanders captures the goals of the marchers on June 25, 1978, the first march that flew the Rainbow flag (the original design, with 8 stripes instead of the current 6) in straightforwar...
  • Stephanie Tournas
    This is a clear and attractive picture book biography of the first openly gay elected official in the U.S. It focuses on his idea to create a flag for the LGBTQ+ movement, and explains how the flag helped galvanize the movement when it debuted at the Gay Pride March of June 1978. Milk's themes of equality and acceptance will resonate with young readers who are learning about civil rights. The colorful illustrations depict many of the emblems of t...
  • Melodie
    The illustrations are exquisite, the history is imperative, the diversity is divine, and the narrative is terrific. There is only one thing I might change. There’s a page displaying the White House all lit up in rainbow colors, and I *very* much wanted the following page to say: “Thanks, Obama.” Ah, but this book isn’t about Obama; it’s about Harvey Milk, so maybe it’s perfect just the way it is. Either way, every children’s biograp...
  • Earl
    Pride and hope take center stage in this picture book focusing on LGBTQ activist Harvey Milk and how the rainbow flag became a symbol for those things. It traces how the latter has evolved from Gilbert Baker's original concept to its current incarnation. How I wish it would have mentioned its evolving design as well.
  • Cassaundra
    This story gives a brief history of the Pride Flag and the people who created the idea and made it reality! It's a good story. If children are exposed to these stories, in this way, at a young age; I think there will be more acceptance when they are older. The negative comment I have is that I don't understand why it's not a non-fiction title???
  • Maggie Mattmiller
    4 stars because I think this book and content are so needed and important. I wanted more though, as it feels very surface level. By being surface level, however, I suppose it creates a space that is more accessible to a wider audience. (I completely disagree with those who feel the content is inappropriate for younger kids, and elementary kids. Absolutely not!!!)
  • Read Ribbet
    This latest addition to the great genre of picture book biography focuses on the life and death of Harvey Milk with a special focus on how the Rainbow Flag came to symbolize the movement. The book advocates for hope and tolerance in telling the story of this man and hi role in creating this iconic symbol.
  • Jenny Yergin
    I thought this was a very appropriate and informative book for children about Harvey Milk and the rainbow flag. I think it provides the right amount of information at the right level for elementary school children. It is a great addition to a library collection. Great artwork.
  • WriteTheVision
    whereas i was familiar with harvey milk and his activism/political career, i did not know about the person who actually designed and sewed the rainbow flag. this book introduced me to that information, which i knew very little about. i appreciate it for that.
  • Christine Irvin
    This is the true story of how the Rainbow Flag got its start. The colorful story is wonderfully illustrated with color paintings. Readers will learn how the Rainbow Flag got its start and what it symbolized.
  • Ryan M. Hanna
    This was a beautiful book. I did not realize the lives of Harvey Milk and the creator of the rainbow/pride flag (Gilbert Baker) were so connected. This is an outstanding book for young people to learn about one of the most prominent symbols for equality and the heroic life of Harvey Milk.
  • Mary
    While this isn't a super engaging read, it is full of good and easily accessible information and the illustrations are wonderful.
  • Rebecca
    Nice to see a kids’ book that explains about the flag. I like the art. Appreciate the additional text at the end that rounds out the story, plus the history timeline.
  • Piyali
    Beautiful message, beautiful artwork.
  • wildct2003
    Good story of the Pride flag. Useful additional information and resources at back of the book.
  • Danielle
    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful book.