How much does your child know about LGBTQ history?
Fourth-grade teacher and children’s book writer Rob Sanders hopes to mend a gap in early education with his new children’s picture book Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution, published with Penguin Random House.
Any run-of-the-mill school history book can teach a child that the U.S. landed on the moon 1969, but relatively few books intended for children even mention the historic fight for civil rights that occurred one month before at the Stonewall Inn.
Fourth-grade teacher and writer Rob Sanders and Jamey Christoph, the illustrator, will publish a brand-new edition of Stonewall this month to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the riots. The picture book will walk kids, reasonably, through the events leading up to the Stonewall Uprising and the history of LGBTQ rights in America.
Sanders and Christoph agree that the project was especially personal and meaningful to them as gay men whose careers give them the opportunity to create inspiring media for children.
Sanders apparently wrote the first draft of Stonewall on the night that the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, according to an article in the New York Daily News. He said what he first wrote was a book of celebration, but now it might be a book of necessity.
The decision to legalize same-sex marriage in 2015 was a landmark achievement in civil rights and the LGBTQ movement, but this is not a book with a happy ending, nor much of an ending at all.
Knowledge is power, and Sanders and Christoph want to give children the tools they need to understand the context of the world around them, especially when it can become as confusing as this one.
This is Sanders’ third children’s book about LGBTQ history. Other works include Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag and Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights.
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