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“The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create men who are capable of doing new things.” – Jean Piaget

Celebrate Pride Month: 12 Awesome LGBTQ+ Books for Kids

June is LGBT Pride Month! In order to celebrate, we’ve put together a list of some our favorite kids’ books that are by, for, or about LGBTQ+ families. Pick a few new favorites from the list and read along with us this month as we celebrate love, diversity, and equal rights. Happy Pride 2017!

We’ve linked to each of the book titles on Amazon, but make sure to check your local library for a copy first – if they don’t carry one, then ask a librarian to order a copy for your library!

Austin, Texas families: as of the time of this post, Austin Public Library had at least one copy of each of these books.

Our Favorite LGBTQ+ Books for Kids

A is for Activist 1.  A Is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara – An unapologetic ABC book for progressive families that discusses activism, LGBTQ rights, civil rights, environmental justice, and more.



The Boy and the Bindi2. The Boy and the Bindi by Vivek Shraya – A young boy becomes fascinated with his mother’s bindi and wants to wear one of his own.


Families, Families, Families!3. Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne Lang and Max Lang – A celebration of families of every kind.



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Let’s Write an Ekphrastic Poem!

Learn about ekphrastic poetry and use our free printable worksheet to write an ekphrastic poem of your own!

What is an Ekphrastic Poem?

An ekphrastic poem is a poem inspired by a work of art. Ekphrastic poems help give words to the feelings inspired by works of art and can amplify the meaning of the artwork. The poem can tell the story of the scene in a painting, express the feelings of the poet as he or she looks at a piece of art, or evencontain an imagined dialogue between subjects in the artwork or between the artist and his or her creation. Continue reading