Hello, friends! Our book today is This Little Rainbow: A Love-Is-Love Primer by Joan Holub and Daniel Roode, the latest title in the duo’s This Little board book series, this time focusing on notable LGBTQ+ heroes from history.
In this adorable and colorful board book, beginner bookworms can learn about LGBTQ+ luminaries who worked for change and made enormous impacts on humanity. From great artists and thinkers like Alan Turing, Freddie Mercury, and Leonardo da Vinci, to activists and pathfinders like Harvey Milk, Marsha P. Johnson, and Shane Ortega, the youngest bookworms can learn what it means to be a “rainbow” – to live trans and/or queer with a big, loving heart.
AWESOME. While the entirety of the This Little series is worth checking out (we are big fans of This Little Trailblazer), this primer boldly offers a LGBTQ+-friendly message that can be enjoyed by all ages. Though the rhyming text is occasionally bumpy – especially when read aloud – everything else about the title wins: the adorable, colorful illustrations, the excellent choices for featured subjects (Pride flag designers Gilbert Baker and Daniel Quasar were wonderful surprises, as was the oft-straightwashed da Vinci), and the final page that features fifteen bonus heroes and a glossary of LGBTQ+-related terms. The length is perfect for a quick storytime, and JJ adored it – it’s already made it’s way into the bedtime book rotation. A fantastic read for any bookworm that celebrates LGBTQ+ notables and the big ways they made art, made history, and helped the world. Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)