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Join us for a Special Read Out Loud from the Brooklyn Public Library!
‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE PRIDE read by Yuhua Hamasaki
Written by Joanna McClintick and illustrated by Juana Medina

This Pride Month, honor the beauty that comes from being yourself, community togetherness, and the ongoing fight against injustice and inequality! Join Yuhua Hamasaki for Read Out Loud and a special Drag Story Hour presentation of TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE PRIDE at the Brooklyn Public Library! Watch as Yuhua shares Joanna McClintick’s beautiful introduction for children to the history and significance of Pride — filled with colorful illustrations by Juana Medina.


A glittering celebration of queer families puts Pride gently in perspective—honoring those in the LGBTQ+ community who fought against injustice and inequality.

Pride’s . . . a day that means “Together, we are strong!”

This joyful picture-book homage to a day of community and inclusion—and to the joys of anticipation—is also a comprehensive history. With bright, buoyant illustrations and lyrical, age-appropriate rhyme modeled on “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” it tackles difficult content such as the Stonewall Riots and the AIDS marches. On the night before Pride, families everywhere are preparing to partake. As one family packs snacks and makes signs, an older sibling shares the importance of the march with the newest member of the family. Reflecting on the day, the siblings agree that the best thing about Pride is getting to be yourself. Debut author Joanna McClintick and Pura Belpré Award–winning author-illustrator Juana Medina create a new classic that pays homage to the beauty of families of all compositions—and of all-inclusive love.

ABOUT Yuhua Hamasak

Always 25-years-old, Yuhua Hamasaki is a fun and campy queen from New York City! Yuhua’s drag character is her own invention of her superhero that has given her courage, confidence, and happiness. She especially loves to explore the city and be creative during her spare time!

ABOUT Drag Story Hour NYC

Drag Story Hour NYC produces storytelling and creative arts programs for children and teens, presented by local drag artists, in libraries, schools, and other community spaces in all five boroughs of New York City, and virtually. Through fun and fabulous educational experiences, our programs celebrate gender diversity and all forms of difference to build empathy and give kids the confidence to express themselves however they feel comfortable.

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Thank you to Drag Story Hour NYC, Brooklyn Public Library,
and Candlewick Press!


Drag Story Hour at Brooklyn Public Library is supported with funds generously allocated by
City Council Member Crystal Hudson
Text copyright © 2022 by Joanna McClintick.
Illustrations copyright © 2022 by Juana Medina.
Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

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