It’s kindergarten #tbt Show and Tell again,
and we’re celebrating
with important books that are windows and mirrors
in our world.
Meet this week’s kinder, who grew up to be
#kidlit author and educator
Gayle E. Pitman.
By day, Gayle teaches Psychology and Women/Gender Studies at
Sacramento City College.
By night, she writes awesome–and much needed–children’s books like
(Magination Press/ illus. by Kristyna Litten )
Winner of the
2015 AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION STONEWALL BOOK AWARD
2015 Notable Books for a Global Society Award
“This beautifully illustrated book is a great addition to a school or personal library to add diversity in a responsible manner without contributing to stereotypes about LGBT people.” –School Library Journal
Pitman’s most recent picture book is
(Magination Press/ illus. by Christopher Lyles)
Extensive information about Lyon and Martin’s activism, marriage equality, and San Francisco itself (contained in a readers’ note) offers a useful overview of LGBTQ history and women’s rights. —Publishers Weekly
A great conversation starter and a rare non-fiction book about LGBTQ equality for the younger age group. —Bay Windows
**Did you know activists Phyllis Lyon & Del Martin are now a required part of CA 4th grade curriculum? Pitman has a Teacher’s Guide.
Pitman’s forthcoming non-fiction title: FEMINISM FOR A TO Z
is scheduled for release in October.
Feminism from A-Z takes readers on an alphabetical journey through the basics of feminism. Each chapter features writing and action exercises geared specifically for the tween and teen reader, along with suggestions and resources for how readers can take feminism to a higher level.
Gayle’s Kinder memory:
I can remember walking from my house to the bus stop every morning. The bus stop was a few blocks away from our house, and I always walked by myself. What a different time it was back then!I remember learning how to tie my shoes in kindergarten, Mrs. Hoffman, my kindergarten teacher, rewarded us with M&M’s every time we tied them correctly. That’s something else that would never happen today!A river ran behind my elementary school. Our first field trip was a walk to the river to feed the ducks. It was probably a five-minute walk, but it felt like a big deal at the time.
Yes–Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, my friends. If you do not want your child to learn about others who are “different,” that’s your choice. When you go to the library or book store, actively help your child to pick out books you approve of. But –like children–let’s make room for ALL books, different or not, on the shelves.
In my opinion, we need to do all we can to make sure today’s children (and adults) grow up to be kind, empathetic, inclusive citizens of the world.