Welcome to Greentrike’s monthly Playful Guide, where we acknowledge the different heritage and recognition months that are celebrated by our Play to Learn classes across Pierce County. When we celebrate heritage and diversity, we create a welcoming environment and develop appreciation for the many cultures that make up our community! Each month is a recognition month that has been planned out in advance by our Programs team at the beginning of the year.

For this month’s Playful Guide, we’re honoring Pride month! June is recognized as Pride month internationally, with plenty of fun and family-friendly ways to celebrate, play, and learn. We’ve curated an educational reading list based on the month’s theme, gathered some local resources, and more.

Picture Books for June

There are lots of picture books for those of all ages to learn about and celebrate all different kinds of families, as well as Pride itself. We’ve highlighted some of our top picks below, so consider checking some of these stories out from your local library! Hover over each cover image to learn more about the listed book.

Further Reading

Looking for more great titles? Ask your local librarian for recommendations!

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Local Resources in the Community

Oasis Youth Center

The Oasis Youth Center responds to the unique needs of queer youth in Pierce and surrounding counties, with over 30 hours of weekly programming and special events throughout the year tailored to the needs and interests of queer youth. Visit their website at OasisYouthCenter.org or their location at 2215 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, Wa 98402.

Rainbow Center

The Rainbow Center, presenting the Tacoma Pride Festival, through education, advocacy, and celebration, expands resources and safe space for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, two-spirit, and allied (LGBTQ2SA) community. Visit their website at RainbowCNTR.org or their location at 2215 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402.

Upcoming Local Events

Gig Harbor Pride in the Park

Skansie Brothers Park | June 22

Celebrate June at this community gathering where the spirit of pride meets the enchantment of the circus! Gig Harbor’s “Cirque du SO-Gay” features an array of live performances, vendors, children’s activities, and more!

Tacoma Pride Festival

9th and Pacific | July 13

Tacoma’s annual street festival is a vibrant celebration featuring live entertainment, tasty food, and more!