This reading guide is designed to accompany Emily Nielson’s picture book The Rainbow Parade. Reading Is Resistance sees reading as an opportunity to seed deeper conversations and possibilities for action around racial justice in our communities.
Lesson content was written by Rachel Crittenden, a volunteer through Portland State University’s Capstone Program, and was designed to start and deepen anti-bias/anti-racist conversations in families and other learning communities. Editors were Shane Doyle and Kaleigh Rainwater.
IDENTITY, DIVERSITY, NON-TRADITIONAL FAMILY STRUCTURES, QUEER FAMILIES, BELONGING, PRIDE
THE READ ALOUD
The Rainbow Parade is the story of a young girl, Emily, and her two moms attending the LGBTQI+ Parade and celebrating their family and community. The celebration acknowledges a broad range of racial diversity, gender identity, and sexual orientation celebrating each of them and encouraging belonging. Emily loves seeing the colorful and fun fairies and people walking in the parade but is nervous to join herself. She’s not sure that she belongs. Together, Emily, Mommy, and Mama practice their pride by joining the parade. After experiencing the loving, supportive atmosphere at the parade, Emily feels confident and decides she wants to practice their pride all year long
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The full curriculum contains discussion questions, resources, and books to read next!