Our Book Reviews
Have Pride: An Inspirational History of the
Stella Caldwell and Sue Sanders
This book is an inclusive, inspirational and education book full
of real life LGBTQ+ stories and events. I really enjoyed this
book because it was so educational, whilst also being eye-
opening. I had no idea so many ancient leaders were thought
to be LGBTQ+ and find it outrageous that this part of them is
so often overlooked by historians.
I would recommend this book to Yr4+ as there are some tricky words, but otherwise this delightful and colourful book is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. – Elliot
Dr. Jamie Lawson and Eve Lloyd Knight
I really enjoyed this powerful and flowing book. It is full of strong images and deep emotions. This is a non-fiction book and I liked how it is a reference book meaning if you want to figure out about pride around the world, you can skip to the information you need. If you want to learn about pride, this is a great book because it has almost everything about pride and is easy to read. It talks about the LGBT+ community, their history and where they are on their journey. I am very happy to be in a space where I’m allowed to read this book as a 10-year-old because I know some places wouldn’t allow such a book in school, and I think it’s important that other children read this book to learn about LGBT+ rights. – Solly
Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow
I personally loved this book because of the dialogue, fun
description and constant sense of suspense and adventure. The story follows Archie and his separated parents. Archie
lives with his mum, and she tends to argue with Archie’s
Dad. The drama and awkwardness of these moments are
very well written, often shared with Archie’s friends Seb and
Bell. Over time, Archie begins to suspect his parents are
keeping a secret from him. It turns out the secret being
kept is that Archie’s Dad is gay, and Archie is supported by
his friends to accept this revelation. Their trip to London
Pride is utterly joyful! They also make friends with two
drag queens who are brilliant, and the ending of the book is
very joyful. I would give this book 10/10 – an absolutely
amazing book! – Martha
Nen and the Lonely Fisherman
Ian Eagleton and James Mayhew
What can I say? This book was amazing! The illustrations were beautiful and I especially loved the front cover. There were holographic stars as well. This book teaches you about kindness, difference and love. It is a heart-warming and calm story. I would recommend this to everyone! – Maya
Little People, Big Dreams: Ru Paul
Maria Isabel Sánchez Veaga
This is a book about a little boy called Ru Paul who becomes a famous drag queen and inspires a lot of people.
I loved this book because it teaches you that you can break out of being shy and show the world who you are, and that your differences make you special.
The illustrations in the book are really good! – Riley
The Great Big Book of Families
Mary Hoffman & Ros Asquith
This book looks at different families and make you think about how different families might look. It was nice to see differences between all the families. I liked that they showed how different families can be close together or far away. – Freda
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was full of amazing language and told a really moving story. The twists and turns of the book were really well-paced and tugged on my heartstrings.
This is a story about bravery, friendship and celebrating who you are. – Freddie
How Do You Make a Rainbow?
Caroline Crowe & Cally Johnson-Isaacs
This is a really lovely story about how we make can make rainbows in our lives. One day, there’s a really dark and gloomy sky, and one small girl wants to make a rainbow which she does with love and happiness and joy. – Lenny
Julian is a Mermaid
I like this book a lot because the story is really good and the illustrations are amazing. It’s about a boy who loves meramids and wants to be one. While his Nana is in the bath, he dresses up as a mermaid using household items, and then later his Nana takes him to a mermaid parade. I think the story has a great moral because it tells you no matter your gender, you can whatever you want to be. - Tilly
My Shadow is Pink
At the start of the book, the character’s shadow is pink but he wants it to be blue and thinks it will change. But when he goes to school, they dress up with their shadow and he gets scared that his shadow isn’t the same as everyone elses, but his dad teaches him that everyone is unique.
I think it’s a really fun story with a fantastic lesson and the illustrations are amazing. – Jasper
Who Am I?
This is an inspirational book all about who you are. It is about a kid who wants to find out who he is. He wonders what it is that makes him him - Is it his name? Is it his stuff? Is it his thoughts? The illustrations are beautiful and speak to you!
This is my personal favourite book. – Bella
Kathryn Cave & Chris Riddell
This is a really amazing about how how Something Else doesn’t fit in but he tries to be like others until he meets another Something Else who helps them accept who they are.
This book is amazing, inspirational and thought-provoking.
It tells you that you should hang out with different people and enjoy it because its fun and great thing to do.
I would recommend this book massively because it teaches about the message of celebrating your uniqueness. – Isla
Pink is for Boys
Robb Pearlman & Eda Kaban
This book is about exploring how every colour is for every person, no matter their gender. Every two pages is about a different colour. No one is fit to a colour or a gender; everyone is human and everyone is colourful! I think it’s a great book because it shows us that everyone is equal. – Holly
What is Gender?
This is a non-fiction book that is about gender, sex, sexuality and what it’s all about! It looked at what is the difference between sex and gender, what terms like ‘trans’ and ‘non-binary’ mean and what gender looks like in the world around us.
It’s a really insightful and interesting book because it teaches you a lot and it’s told in a clear way and gives kids all the facts.
And Tango Makes Three
Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell & Henry Cole
This is an awesome book based on a true story! It tells the story about two male penguins who desperately want to have a baby chick together. They can’t make an egg of their own because they’re both male, so a zookeeper kindly helps them find an egg and needs a loving family. They hatch their chick and love them very much. I loved this book because it’s a story about loving families and shows us that being a family is about love, not about how it looks. - Xavi