Michael Genhart’s Rainbow (2019)

Rainbow: A First Book of Pride

Written by Michael Genhart, PhD and illustrated by Anne Passchier, Rainbow: A First Book of Pride (2019) is a colorful celebration of rainbow families that introduces very young readers to the symbolism behind the Pride flag. The first page proclaims: “Every color means something.” The corresponding image shows a racially diverse group of people waving Pride flags. The next series of two-page spreads each focus on a color in the flag and its corresponding meaning: red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunshine, green for nature, blue for harmony, and violet for spirit. Lesbian and gay parented families are depicted in images that highlight the color and meaning introduced.

Rainbow: A First Book of Pride is a fun and creative way to introduce little ones to Pride! I really appreciate that there is no explanatory back matter weighing this sweet text down, the book is clearly focused on being a fun introduction to colors and the meaning behind the Pride flag. If this isn’t available as a board book, it needs to be! The simplicity of the text makes it perfect for very young children, although I actually used it as an easy reader with my five-year-old!

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