Florida Book Awards
Younger Children's Literature
Recipient of the 2020
Living the Dream Book Award
“This celebration of Stonewall is a welcome addition to the slender shelf of LGBTQ books for younger readers.”
"A watershed picture bool . . . its unusual narrative perspective gives a strong sense of place and community. A beautiful . . .tribute." —Kirkus
“It’s a moving ode to a cherished place, the brave people who stood for justice, and the victories that continue to lead to change.”
“Rob Sanders . . . chooses an ingenious perspective to tell the Stonewall story: the double buildings, acting together as plural narrator, allows for the inviting, inclusive use of “our” and “we,” while their enduring existence becomes an emphatic statement about permanence. Artist Jamey Christoph . . . mirrors Sanders’s description of the Village as “a place . . . where being different was welcomed and accepted” by presenting diversity across every page, his smallest details (like a trampled copy of New York City Gay Scene Guide) enhance accuracy.”
STONEWALL: A BUILDING. AN UPRISING.
By Rob Sanders
Illustrated by Jamey Christoph
From Rob Sanders, author of the acclaimed Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag, comes this powerful and timeless true story that will allow young readers to discover the rich and dynamic history of the Stonewall Inn and its role in the gay civil rights movement--a movement that continues to this very day. In the early-morning hours of June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Inn was raided by police in New York City. Though the inn had been raided before, that night would be different. It would be the night when empowered members of the LGBTQ+ community--in and around the Stonewall Inn--began to protest and demand their equal rights as citizens of the United States. Movingly narrated by the Stonewall Inn itself, and featuring stirring and dynamic illustrations by Jamey Christoph, Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution is an essential and empowering civil rights story that every child deserves to hear.
RESOURCES FOR STONEWALL:
This line drawing of the Stonewall Inn, created by illustrator Jamey Christoph, will give kids a physical link to the buildings that make up the Stonewall Inn and be a reminder of the events of the Stonewall Uprising.
Read more about Stonewall...
"New Book Teaches Kids About the Story of the Stonewall Inn" New York Daily News, June 5, 2019
"New Children's Book Tells Story of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising" NBC News, June 5, 2019
“Building a Movement” Publishers Weekly, May 27, 2019
“Rob the Builder” Watermark Online, May 23, 2019