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Celebrating Drag Queen Story Hour – Titles for All Ages

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is launching its very first Drag Queen Story Hour on August 26 at CLP – Allegheny!

Drag Queen Story Hour is a family-friendly series of programs that was was developed in response to area families who’ve expressed an interest in programs that amplify broad perspectives, challenge gender stereotypes and embrace personal expression and self-acceptance. Pittsburgh is joining ranks with several other cities who have already deputized drag performers as honorary librarians, bringing a unique brand of unabashed self-confidence and storytelling to the library and creating an opportunity for kids and families to interact with queer role models.

To celebrate this fabulous new program, we are sharing a few titles for all ages that reflect what Drag Queen Story Hour is all about — these picks celebrate gender expression and promote themes of respect, diversity, creativity, self-confidence and dignity.

Titles for Adults

Titles for Teens

Titles for Children

Red - A Crayon's Story

  • I Like Myself – High on energy and imagination, this ode to self-esteem encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves, inside and out. Messy hair? Beaver breath? So what! Here’s a little girl who knows what really matters.
  • This Day in June –A vibrant, joyful celebration of community and identity is reflected in this beautiful picture book. Included is a reading guide full of facts and information about Pride and a parents’ guide to supporting self-expression and confidence in children of all ages.
  • Red: A Crayon’s Story – Red, a crayon with the wrong label, tries to do what the others expect of him, but there is something different about Red. Finally, a new friend comes along who can see who he actually is. This story about acceptance, self-discovery and confidence is sure to delight young readers.

No matter what your age, I hope you will find resources to affirm and celebrate your identity at the Library!

-Ginny and Caitie

Celebrate gender expression & diversity at the Library

Bring your little one to Drag Queen Story Hour!

Caitie is the Lead Librarian Supervisor of Children’s and Teen Services at CLP-Allegheny. She loves graphic memoirs, making tiny hats for her cat, hiking and Indian food.

Ginny is a baker of treats, reader of fiction and Coordinator of Volunteer Services based out of the Office of Programs and Partnerships at CLP – East Liberty. She wants to pet your dog.


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