Thursday, December 15, 2022

Review: Pride and Joy by Frank J Sileo and Kate Lum-Potvin


Genre: Children's 4-8
Pages: 48
Published: May 18, 2023

Joy loves her big brother, Noah. He's the best brother, skateboarder and cookie baker there is! So, when Noah is teased for being gay, Joy wants to help. But how?

Joy decides to become an ally - someone who supports others through their words and actions. With her best friend, Elliott, Joy takes action, baking 'Pride and Joy' cookies to raise money for the local LGBTQIA+ center. But when the bully tries to put an end to the bake sale, Joy learns that being an ally means using your words, too.

Written by an award-winning author team, and with charming illustrations throughout, 
Pride and Joy introduces children to LGBTQIA+ allyship and teaches them the value of inclusion and courage. Featuring a reading guide for adults and questions for discussion, this beautiful, uplifting picture book is a must-have for every young ally.

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

In this book, Joy learns what it means to be an ally to the Rainbow Mafia after seeing her brother and his boyfriend being picked by the next door neighbor. She wants to do something to help, so she puts on a bake sale to help raise money for the local teen center where her brother goes to hang out. 

There was more bigoted drama at the bake sale, but Joy stood up to the bullies and helped show that there are lots of allies out there. And they sold all their cookies, well except for the ones that Joy was saving to celebrate with. 

The illustrations had kind of a fuzzy quality to them, as they were colored lightly with colored pencils. And they were obviously super colorful 

The real highlight of this book is the additional info and resources listed at the end, both for allies and Rainbow Mafia members. Info about organizations that help or lend support in times of need. 

Overall I give this book 4.6 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Frank J. Sileo, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, international speaker and award-winning author of 12 other children's picture booksHe also wrote an award winning parenting book that deals with raising chronically ill children. Since 2010, he has been consistently recognized as one of New Jersey's top kids' doctors. For over 27 years, he has worked therapeutically with LGBTQIA+ youth, adults, and families. Dr. Sileo has had his research published in psychological journals, and is often the 'go to' psychologist in the media. He lives in New Jersey, USA. Visit and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @DrFrankSileo.

Kate Lum-Potvin is an award-winning children's author and podcast storyteller. She began her LGBTQIA+ allyship journey when her sister came out, and is proud to be a part of this joyful new book. Kate is based in Nova Scotia, Canada. Visit her at and on Instagram and Facebook @Kate_and_Friends_for_Kids.

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