by Barrett White
This Day in June, written by psychology professor Gayle E. Pitman and illustrated by Kristyna Litten, is a brightly colored 32-page children’s book complete with an appendix full of facts about LGBT history and culture, as well as a “Note to Parents and Caregivers” with information on how to talk to children about sexual orientation and gender identity in age-appropriate ways.
“This Day in June adds a bright spot for diversity on any bookshelf, and will help bring the true colors and beautiful experience of LGBT pride to life for school-age children and their families,” says Ellen Kahn, director of the Human Rights Campaign Family Project.
This Day in June was released through the American Psychological Association and major distributors on May 5, in advance of LGBT Pride Month in June. This commemorative month is meant to recognize the impact the LGBT community has had in recent decades locally and nationally, and to advocate work for equal rights. Pride Month is traditionally celebrated with parties, parades, workshops, and concerts across the country.
Author Gayle Pitman, PhD, is a professor of psychology and women’s studies at Sacramento City College. Her teaching and writing focuses on gender and sexual orientation, and she has worked extensively with the LGBT community. Kristyna Litten, who created the book’s beautiful and fun color drawings, studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art in the U.K.
This Day in June
Magination Press (apa.org/pubs/magination)
Recommended for ages 4–8
Full-color illustrations; 32 pages
Hardcover $16.95, paperback $9.95