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Pride Reading Guide 2022

Building on the Rainbow Reads reading list produced with An Post, our Pride Reading Guide contains 100 LGBTQIA+ inclusive stories for young readers aged 0–18.

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Here and Queer: A Queer Girl's Guide to Life

Rowan Ellis has written a frank, inclusive and kind guide to discovering your sexuality and dealing with the good and bad stuff that comes with it. She takes on the role of the cool older sister who tells you everything you want to know, while also giving you the tools to keep yourself safe. The book provides a glossary of terms associated with the LGBTQ+ community, looks at issues such as mental health, homophobia, and consent and also celebrates people who have made a difference to the lives of queer people.

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Building Communities Reading List

A reading list for ages 0–12, designed to inspire building the homes, places and communities of tomorrow.

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Journey Back to Freedom

Journey Back to Freedom is the true story of Olaudah Equiano, an eighteenth-century writer and activist who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery. Written in first-person narration from Olu’s perspective, the book follows the young boy’s eventful sea journeys and his training as a sailor. Olu speaks directly to the reader, telling the reader about his struggle to remain hopeful and his desperation to return to his family. The book draws on the reader’s own knowledge, asking them to recall their history lessons on slavery and the slave trade.

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Hair: From Moptops to Mohicans, Afros to Cornrows

Did you know that humans can have up to 150,000 hair strands on our heads; that about 300 years ago women would have such elaborate hairstyles that they would sleep while sitting up, to not ruin their towered hairstyles; that hair is made of a kind of substance that is also found in our nails? Katja Spitzer’s new book is filled with many such interesting anecdotes and stories on the cultural history of hair from around the world.

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All the Animals Were Sleeping

This lovely picture book follows a little mongoose as he crosses the plains of the Serengeti. With night falling, he makes his way back to his burrow while passing animals sleeping.

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Shakespeare: Great Lives in Graphics

Shakespeare: Great Lives in Graphics is an engaging and exciting read, with just enough gruesome titbits on Tudor England to fascinate young readers. Laid out in the style of an infographic, this book shares a surprising wealth of information on the Bard himself as well as the time he lived in. Children will enjoy comparing their own experience of school to those of Tudor children, as well as how stagecraft and special effects were created 423 years ago.

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The King’s Ship

Vidali’s picturebook teaches a very important lesson: you must learn when to stop.
The king has everything, but he still wants more. He wants the biggest, most beautiful and most terrifying ship of all. The king’s orders are obeyed, but one voice keeps asking ‘isn’t this too much?’ The voice is ignored, the ship is built, but it is too heavy after all. The greedy king is not disappointed. He thinks he still has his beautiful palace, but us readers know that his greed has destroyed his castle.

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It’s Her Story: Amelia Earhart: A Graphic Novel

Set against the backdrop of the twentieth century in the early years of aviation, this is the story of Amelia Earhart; the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Inspiring and dynamic, Kim Moldofsky creates a narrative that includes historical information blended with insights into the different stages of Amelia Earhart’s life.