UK Schools Join #ReadWithPride Relay :: NEWS

UK Schools Join #ReadWithPride Relay

07 June 2022 Share

Pass the book baton in photo celebration of LGBTQ+ teen fiction throughout June

During Pride Month, a different secondary school will share a photo each day inspired by their favourite queer, YA book with the hashtag #ReadWithPride. 

We are pleased to be supporting the campaign, along with this year’s Waterstone’s YA Prize winner Ciara Smyth and CILIP School Libraries Group (SLG). 

“I am lucky enough to have readers contact me and tell me what representation in YA fiction means to them and it is truly heart-warming,” said Ciara Smyth, writer of the award-winning Not My Problem. “I didn’t get the chance to read books with lesbian characters as a teenager. If I had, it might have made things a bit easier for me. Things have moved on so much but it remains vital that we see ourselves in fiction. I love that #ReadWithPride is trying to ensure that we can all find books that represent us.”

“There are times when school librarians need to break the stereotypical silence and make some noise,” said Helen Cleaves, librarian at Ibstock Place School. “We wanted to support queer publishing as it is vital for all the young people that come through our doors to see themselves in the stories that are available to them and have the opportunity to learn about lived experiences that differ from their own.” 

“It will come as no surprise that Heartstopper by Alice Oseman was the top choice of title, so our pupils were thrilled to be the school representing it in the relay. We think our rugby players have done us proud, not least with their rainbow laces.”

You can join the #ReadWithPride virtual celebration of LGBT+ YA fiction throughout June by liking and reposting content on social media as well as sharing your favourite queer fiction using the #ReadWithPride hashtag!