cover image The Rainbow Parade

The Rainbow Parade

Emily Neilson. Dial, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-593-32658-9

Joy, love, and sacred tradition are shared across generations in Neilson’s personal-feeling tribute to Pride, situated in a city that resembles San Francisco. The excitement is palpable as young Emily and their two moms, who read as white, ride the train to join their “family of friends” for the march. Along the way, they see people of varying ages, body types, gender expressions, and skin tones, all wearing “whatever makes them feel most like themselves.” When the event at last begins, Emily observes its participants as “extra loud,” “super proud,” and “very colorful.” And indeed, digital spreads and spot illustrations are alight with pattern and movement that soon show the characters heading out from behind the parade route’s barrier to march with other families—naming Pride as something to practice, not just to observe. The creator’s familiarity and fondness is clear in this title that represents the queer community’s exuberant spectrum and honors Pride as a place for families, for community, and above all for connection. Ages 2–5. (May)