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ARC Review: ABC Pride by Louie Stowell and Elly Barnes

Publication Date: June 14, 2022


A is for Acceptance! B is for Belonging! C is for Celebrate!

ABC Pride introduces little readers to the alphabet through the colourful world of Pride. Children can discover letters and words while also learning more about the LGBTQIA+ community and how to be inclusive.

Every letter of the alphabet is paired with fun, bold illustrations to support language learning, and a handy list of discussion points at the end gives adults the tools to spark further conversations and discussion.

ABC Pride offers a simple yet powerful way to explain gender, identity, ability to children, while supporting diverse family units. Ideal for children to explore together with a caregiver, or in the classroom.

My Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I loved this book and can’t wait to read it with my second grader. Yes, he’s maybe a tad older than the target audience but I think he’ll still get a lot out of it and the amount of text is perfect for him to practice reading aloud.

The illustrations are cute and draw you in, and they’re very diverse and inclusive! I was impressed with the way the illustrations feature a lot of racial diversity and a wide range of disabilities along with the LGBT+ diversity. Kudos to the illustrator because I don’t think I’ve seen a more inclusive, diverse children’s book.

I love the words that were chosen and the simple, easy-to-understand way they were each explained. For something that seems simple on the surface, there’s a lot of thought that went into this book. I can already tell it will spark some reflection and thought in my kiddo.

*Thanks to NetGalley and DK Children for providing an e-arc for review.