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, Nonfiction, History, 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?!?!?
  • Calista
    This is an introduction Harvey Milk and the Pride flag. Harvey helped create hope for people who felt different in this country and who people thought it was ok to treat less than human. He encouraged the creation of the Pride flag by Gilbert Baker as a symbol of pride and hope. The movie Milk was a great movie and they did not really show the introduction of the flag, which is a little strange. They showed the flags waving after his death. Anywa...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • MissBecka
    What a wonderful way to introduce tiny humans to the world of Pride!Beautifully illustrated and of course a true story.I see this being my new go to gift for tiny humans.It's educational and real without being boring.There are notes and time line charts at the back for quick reference, but the book does a great job of hitting all the important facts while keeping it fun.Fabulous start to Pride month with this one!!!
  • Joan
    This was recommended somewhere but I cannot recall where or who. Speak up so I can credit you or forever hold your peace.... This is a book that will fill a gap in juvenile collections. We always need new biographies at the lower grade levels. This will help with that need. It also will assure those kids who might recognize the flag and reach for the book that it is normal to feel the way they do. Of course this book could and likely will get cha...
  • 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 ...
  • Ireadkidsbooks
    Superficial both regarding Milk (about whom a good picture book biography is desperately needed) and the flag.
  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    The story of rainbow flag is, ironically, one of hope. Harvey Milk had a dream that one day everyone would have equality, even gay people. Working towards making that dream a reality, Harvey ran for became the first gay person elected to a political office, city supervisor in San Francisco. Harvey knew that his cause needed something - a visible symbol of hope that would make people feel they were part of a community, something like a flag. Sure ...
  • 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...
  • Ken French
    I’m so pleased there’s a children’s book about Harvey Milk and his role in creating the Pride flag. Appropriate that I read it on Harvey’s birthday, too.
  • Angie
    Such a beautiful book
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Katy
    I have a few minor issues with some artistic choices in this. Overall I liked the story and the art, however.
  • 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.
  • Lorie Barber
    Great introduction to Harvey Milk and his activism, the symbolism of the rainbow flag, and the gay pride movement. Anyone who says this book is inappropriate for schools (protests, assassination) should take a good, hard look at the fact that all of these topics are taught through the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. LOVE the informative back matter, which include timelines of both Milk’s life and that of the pride movement, as well as photos f...
  • Kevin Warman
    Beautiful. I am so happy this book is written and will keep dreams alive. This book will share the hope of Harvey Milk and countless others.
  • Amie
    This was interesting. I didn't know anything about the Rainbow Flag before reading it. It caught my eye in a book store, and as I'm trying to be more open-minded in the books I read, I picked it up.
  • Kyla Ewing
    This book, as the title explains, tells the story of Harvey Milk and the creation of the rainbow flag. This book is enormously informative. From this book, I learned about Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay people to be elected to political office in the US. Harvey was in office for less than year before he was assassinated by former San Francisco city supervisor, Dan White. This book also reminded me that the supreme court's ruling on marr...
  • michelle
    This is a beautiful book that focuses on positives rather than negatives. Harvey Milk is famous for saying "You have to give them hope," and that is the recurring theme in this book as this book is meant to give hope to the current and future generations. Steven Salerno's illustrations are marvelous. They bring the book to life and show the vivid spirit of the LGBTQ movement. The back of this book make it especially important as a nonfiction pict...
  • Kate
    This biography is a good length for a read aloud. Straight forward, if somewhat simple account of Harvey Milk’s role in the creation of the pride flag.
  • Alison N
    A gentle way to talk about an important figure in the gay rights movement, this book is inspiring, heartfelt and for readers young and old.
  • Heather
    I had a lot of fun reading this book with my son. It's very informative, and even includes extra information in the back. The illustrations are quite beautiful and bold! There are a lot of big concepts in here, so much of it might be lost on kids under 3 (but hey, still fun to look at).
  • Jaime
    Great book. Great conversation.
  • Jemma Z
    Wonderful picture book for introducing children to the history of the gay pride movement, and for representation of gay historical figures. It’s also great for teaching them that everyone deserves to be proud of who they really are. Loved the illustrations.