'Twas the Night Before Pride

By Joanna McClintick
Illustrated by Juana Medina

A glittering celebration of queer families puts Pride gently in perspective – honouring those in the LBGTQ+ community who fought against injustice and inequality.

Pride’s a day that means “Together, we are strong!” This joyful picture-book homage to a day of community and inclusion – and to the joys of anticipation – is also a comprehensive history. With bright, buoyant illustrations and lyrical, age-appropriate rhyme modeled on “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” it tackles difficult content such as the Stonewall Riots and the AIDS marches. On the night before Pride, families everywhere are preparing to partake. As one family packs snacks and makes signs, an older sibling shares the importance of the parade with the newest member of the family. Reflecting on the day, the siblings agree that the best thing about Pride is getting to be yourself. Debut author Joanna McClintic and Pura Belpré Award–winning author-illustrator Juana Medina create a new classic that pays homage to the beauty of families of all compositions – and of all-inclusive love.

  • A celebratory text features the beauty of families of every composition.
  • A lyrical historical presentation of the Stonewall riots and the fight for LGBTQ+ rights.
  • An opportunity for young readers to become better acquainted with Pride month and Pride parades.

About the author

Joanna McClintick is a debut children’s book author and licensed social worker at the LGBT Center in Manhattan, the oldest organisation of its kind in the United States. She wrote this poem for her children, and it has become a tradition to read it at their annual brunch the day before the Pride parade with family and friends. Joanna McClintick lives with her family in Brooklyn, USA.

About the illustrator

Juana Medina is the author-illustrator of Juana & Lucas, which won the 2017 Pura Belpré Author Award; Juana & Lucas: Big Problemas; Juana & Lucas: Muchos Changes; and many other titles and has illustrated numerous picture books, including Smick! by Doreen Cronin and I’m a Baked Potato! by Elise Primavera. Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Juana Medina now lives with her family in the Washington DC area, USA.

ISBN: 9781529506372
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: June 1, 2022
Dimensions: 245 x 270mm, 32pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $27.99
New Zealand RRP: $29.99
Stock Level: Not Yet Published

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