One of Time Out's “LGBTQ+ books for kids to read during Pride Month,” this groundbreaking, pop-culture-infused illustrated biography collection takes readers on an eye-opening journey through the lives of fifty influential queer figures who have made a mark on every century of human existence.
Rainbow Revolutionaries brings to life the vibrant histories of fifty pioneering LGBTQ+ people from around the world. Through Sarah Prager’s (Queer, There, and Everywhere) short, engaging bios, and Sarah Papworth’s bold, dynamic art, readers can delve into the lives of Wen of Han, a Chinese emperor who loved his boyfriend as much as his people, Martine Rothblatt, a trans woman who’s helping engineer the robots of tomorrow, and so many more!
This book is a celebration of the many ways these heroes have made a difference and will inspire young readers to make a difference, too. Featuring an introduction, map, timeline, and glossary, this must-have biography collection is the perfect read during Pride month and all year round.
Adam Rippon, Alan L. Hart, Alan Turing, Albert Cashier, Alberto Santos-Dumont, Alexander the Great, Al-Hakam II, Alvin Ailey, Bayard Rustin, Benjamin Banneker, Billie Jean King, Chevalière d'Éon, Christina of Sweden, Christine Jorgensen, Cleve Jones, Ellen DeGeneres, Francisco Manicongo, Frida Kahlo, Frieda Belinfante, Georgina Beyer, Gilbert Baker, Glenn Burke, Greta Garbo, Harvey Milk, James Baldwin, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, José Sarria, Josephine Baker, Juana Inés de la Cruz, Julie d'Aubigny, Lili Elbe, Ma Rainey, Magnus Hirschfeld, Manvendra Singh Gohil, Marsha P. Johnson, Martine Rothblatt, Maryam Khatoon Molkara, Natalie Clifford Barney, Navtej Johar, Nzinga, Pauli Murray, Renée Richards, Rudolf Nureyev, Sally Ride, Simon Nkoli, Stormé DeLarverie, Sylvia Rivera, Tshepo Ricki Kgositau, Wen of Han, We’wha
*A Junior Library Guild Selection*
About the Author
Sarah Prager is a writer, activist, and speaker on LGBTQ+ history. Her widely praised first book on the subject, Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World, received numerous accolades, including three starred reviews and being named a Best Book for Teens by the New York Public Library and Chicago Public Library. Her second book, Rainbow Revolutionaries: 50 LGBTQ+ People Who Made History, is for ages 8–12. Prager's writing has appeared in The Atlantic, HuffPost, and many other publications. She has presented on this topic to over 130 groups across five countries, including the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. Prager also created Quist, a free mobile app for learning LGBTQ+ history, in 2013 and was invited to the White House to contribute on LGBTQ+ tech issues in 2014. Prager lives with her wife and their children in Massachusetts.
Sarah Papworth is an illustrator and textile designer who enjoys drawing and painting, growing vegetables in her garden, practicing yoga, and upcycling her home. She is the illustrator for I Know a Woman: The Inspiring Women Who Have Shaped Our World by Kate Hodges and the sequel, I Know an Artist by Susie Hodge, among others. Sarah has also enjoyed creating work for companies such as the Washington Post, L’Oreal Paris, American Greetings, Royal Botanical Kew Gardens, Quarto, and Scholastic. Sarah lives in a village with her partner in the North Cotswolds, UK. She hopes to one day move to the sea and spend her days painting and drawing from a room with a view, sipping cups of chamomile tea. You can learn more about her at www.sarahpapworth.co.uk, and she spends most of her time on Instagram under @sarahpapworthdesign.
Prager presents each figure with enthusiasm and provides lots of interesting details that allow readers a glimpse into that person’s world.
— Kirkus Reviews
A browsable guide for middle school readers looking to get an overview of LGBTQ+ individuals throughout history.
— School Library Journal
"[A] lively look for middle grade readers at queer figures, present and past, who made an impact on the world...each accompanied by a dynamic portrait illustration by artist Sarah Papworth."
— Boston Globe
Filled with exciting, inspiring and heartbreaking stories, this is a wonderful reminder of LGBTQ+ peoples’ contributions to history.
— Book Riot
[W]ill have the effect of inspiring young readers. For middle-grade readers, it will likely be a compelling volume.
Conquerors and conductors, artists and athletes, dancers and doctors, techies and showbiz types — together they emerge from the shadows of history into present light.
— San Francisco Chronicle
This engaging audiobook will leave listeners impressed by the courage, determination, and accomplishments of these extraordinary heroes who broke barriers and changed the world for future generations.
— AudioFile Magazine
This book is phenomenal!