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Awards & Recognitions:

  • ALA 2023 Rainbow Book List

  • 2023 Orbis Pictus Recommended Book, NCTE

  • Finalist Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, Younger Children

  • Finalist 2022 Indies Book of the Year Award

  • Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List

  • 2022 California Eureka Nonfiction List

  • CBC Children’s Favorites Award 2023 List

  • Bookstagang Best of 22, Biography Books

  • Nominated for Creative Loafing Tampa’s Best of the Bay 2023—Best Book by a Local Author

  • Shortlisted for the Goddard Riverside CBC Youth Book Prize for Social Justice



★ “A good parent shows up—and stands up . . . Stylish, chic, and strong. Brava!”

Kirkus, Starred Review

The Mother of a Movement:

Jeanne Manford—Ally, Activist, and Co-founder of PFLAG

By Rob Sanders

Illustrated by Sam Kalda

Magination Press

October 4, 2022

ISBN-10: 1433840203

ISBN-13: 978-1433840203

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The Mother of a Movement is a true story of a mother’s support and unconditional love. It tells the story of Jeanne Manford, the co-founder of PFLAG. When her son Morty was beaten by New York City officials for handing out pro-gay leaflets, Manford wrote a powerful letter to the New York Post to complain about how Morty was treated. In the letter she came out as the mother of a gay son—an act unheard of at the time. When Jeanne marched with Morty in the June 1972 Christopher Street Parade others in the crowd were overwhelmed with emotion to see a mom standing side-by-side with her gay son. While marching, Jeanne had the idea to form a group to help parents and families of LGBTQ+ people. That was the beginning of PFLAG.

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