Rainbow Allies: The True Story of Kids Who Stood Against Hate

Regular price $ 18.99

by Nancy Churnin, Illustrated by Izzy Evans

Beaming Books

7/9/2024, hardcover

SKU: 9781506488448


A true story of allyship and standing up to anti-LGBTQ hate.

When a lesbian couple comes home one day to find their Pride flag stolen and their front porch egged, the sense of belonging they had felt in their community is threatened. Are they safe in their house? The support they need comes from an unexpected place--the neighborhood's children. Together, the local kids create a plan to show Cari and Lauri just how valued they are in the community.

Based on real-life events, Rainbow Allies tells the story of how a Massachusetts neighborhood rallied together around Cari and Lauri--and their dogs, Twink and Scout--to make them feel welcomed and loved again after an act of hate. Written by multi-award-winning author Nancy Churnin, this book is an inspiring introduction to allyship for young readers and changemakers.

Backmatter includes guidance for how children can be LGBTQ allies in their own communities.

Target age: 4 to 7


"A purposeful yet poignant exploration of allyship." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Churnin's step-by-step narration and Evans's crisp neighborhood landscapes bolster this straightforward allyship-oriented picture book based on real events." -- Publishers Weekly

"Churnin's telling is sturdy and impassioned about the message, that everyone is welcome. It's worth repeating, again and again. A little good news, for once, amplified into an easy book to work into community, LGBTQIA+, politics, and civics units." -- School Library Journal

"Deftly written and based on a real event, Rainbow Allies by author/storyteller Nancy Churnin is an inspiring picture book read for young readers and aspiring changemakers." -- Midwest Book Review

About the Contributors:

Nancy Churnin is an award-winning children's book author who lives in North Texas. Nancy won the 2021 National Jewish Book Award, the 2022 Sydney Taylor Honor, and the First Place--Children's Book Nonfiction awards from the National Federation of Press Women and Press Women of Texas for Dear Mr. Dickens. She has also won honors for Manjhi Moves a Mountain, along with many others, as well as starred reviews from School Library JournalKirkus Reviews, and Publishers Weekly.

Izzy Evans is an illustrator, animator, and weekend flapjack baker from North London, England. Their work is best known for its diverse characters, gentle humor, and the occasional unicorn.