Fay Slift’s Top 10 Pride Reads for Kids

Fay Slift. Image by David Hawe

Most of us grew up without ever encountering a queer children's book. Perhaps you were presented with a queer character that no one ever acknowledged as such, or the idea that certain stories were only for boys, and others only for girls. For some readers, these unwritten rules were to the detriment of their self-confidence and well-being.  

Today, Pride is our annual reminder to celebrate who we are and those we loveand it wouldn’t be a Toronto Pride without a guest appearance by the fabulous Fay SliftThis month, we asked Fay to cast her spotlight to a glittering parade of books that embody the magic of Pride for young readers. 

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Celebrating Pride Month with Joanne Vannicola

It’s June which means summer, street festivals and Pride Month! Last year, we created a list of Top Ten Reads for Pride Month featuring authors such as Catherine Hernandez, Gwen Benaway, Kamal Al-Solaylee and Eileen Myles. This year, we spoke to actor and author Joanne Vannicola, about their new memoir, how their acting career influenced their writing and the queer authors they’d recommend.

Vannicola’s memoir, All We Knew But Couldn’t Say, launches on June 8 as part of Toronto Lit Up.

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Top Ten Reads For Pride Month

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To many readers, June marks the start of the summer reading season, but it also means Pride Month! In honour of the season, we’ve compiled a list of ten books by LGBTQIA+ authors that you’ll feel proud to add to your summer reading list. From poetry to non-fiction, from Scarborough to Jamaica, these titles represent only a small fraction of queer storytelling. We expect they’ll inspire you to add more to your bookshelves long past June.


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