Rainbows abound in Medina’s full-color digital illustrations, which incorporate historical references and depict a wonderfully diverse cast. . . While there is no shortage of picture books about Pride, this one may be the most inclusive and expansive yet. . . . An affirming and kid-friendly history lesson.
McClintick presents a loving survey of the queer community in all its diversity. . . Medina’s rainbow-flecked digital illustrations do a superb job of capturing the spirit and scope of Pride and the excitement it generates, while the sprightly text joins in the celebration. With affirming discussions of togetherness and LGBTQ+ rights, the book’s final takeaway that “being yourself is a blast” hits just the right note.
Joanna McClintick’s picture book is a great way to introduce young readers to the history behind Pride month. . . . Covering everything from the Stonewall riots to the queer activism behind AIDS marches, ‘Twas the Night Before Pride explains that Pride is not just about rainbow flags but about fighting for the right to exist as you truly are, with all the dignity that entails.
This story is a great way to share and create conversations with young readers about rights, the LGBTQ community, different dynamics of households, what it means to be a family, and the beauty of being yourself.
—The Calgary Herald
In this beautiful and inclusive picture book, characters anticipate celebrating Pride while also telling an important history of what led to Pride, from Stonewall to AIDs. If you’re looking for an age-appropriate introduction to history, this is the perfect pick!
Medina’s rainbow-hued illustrations give Pride scale and scope, mingling images of protests with awe-inspiring parade views from above, the spreads brimming with people of arrayed abilities, gender expressions, and skin tones carrying a range of Pride flags in this warm and moving tale.