Seema Yasmin with Aida Salazar - The ABCs of Queer History (Ferry Building Store)

Special Pride Month Event for Kids
Seema Yasmin
In conversation with Aida Salazar

The ABCs of Queer History
How to Tell Stories That Inform, Influence, and Inspire

Ferry Building Store
Sat., June 1st, 2024 • 3:00pm PT

This event is free to attend and will be hosted in-person at Book Passage's Ferry Building Store. Please contact with questions regarding events.

Perfect pride event for kids ages 5+


In honor of PRIDE month 2024, Book Passage is proud to uplift LGBTQ+ voices, stories and issues. The event will feature exciting new and established authors on the literary landscape discussing their writings, the importance of Queer books and their take on political and social issues within the community.

Whether you are part of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally, this is a discussion you don’t want to miss!

A Through-the-Alphabet Celebration of Queer History in the US, from the Publisher of the New York Times Bestseller The ABCs of Black History
In a beautiful picture book brimming with P for Pride, writer and poet Seema Yasmin and illustrator Lucy Kirk celebrate all the joys and challenges of queer history in the United States through lively, rhyming verse and bright, colorful illustrations.

This is a book of people, of ideas, of accomplishments and events. It’s a book about Allies and Ancestors, about Belonging and Being accepted, about Hope, Knowledge, and Love. About historic moments like Stonewall, and how it changed the world. And all about Trailblazers, like Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, Josephine Baker, Harvey Milk, Barbara Jordan, George Takei, Elliot Page, and Sally Ride.

And ultimately, it’s a book to help kids learn a different kind of ABCs—not just words like apple, ball or cat, but rather the essence of what it means to be diverse, to be equitable, to be inclusive. That no one counts unless we all count, and how we must open our eyes and ears, minds and hearts, to hear everyone’s story and understand and celebrate their experience.


Seema Yasmin is a medical doctor, author, and Emmy award-winning journalist. Her books paint vivid pictures about ourselves and how we interact with the world around us and include What the Fact?!: Finding the Truth in All the Noise, Muslim Women are Everything, the poetry collection If God Is a Virus, and more. Please visit

Lucy Kirk (not appearing) is a freelance illustrator and ceramist based in Bristol, UK. Since graduating from Brighton University in 2012, she has worked with a wide range of different clients and varied projects. These include editorial illustrations, book illustrations, print and pattern designs, murals, fashion, and ceramic designs. Her work is playful and refreshing with an edgy humor. 


Aida Salazar is an award-winning author, arts activist, and translator whose writings for adults and children explore issues of identity and social justice. She is the author of the critically acclaimed middle grade verse novels, THE MOON WITHIN (International Latino Book Award Winner); LAND OF THE CRANES (Américas Award, California Library Association Beatty Award, Northern CA Book Award, NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, Jane Addams Peace Honor, International Latino Book Award Honor); as well as A SEED IN THE SUN (Tomás Rivera Children's Book Award, ALA RISE Feminist Book Project Top 10 Book, NCTE Notable Poetry/ Verse Novel Honor, Jane Addams Peace Award Finalist). Her other works include the picture book anthology, IN THE SPIRIT OF A DREAM: 13 Stories of Immigrants of Color; the bio picture book JOVITA WORE PANTS: The Story of a Mexican Freedom Fighter; and the anthology CALLING THE MOON: Period Stories by BIPOC Authors. Aida is a founding member of LAS MUSAS - a Latinx kidlit author collective. Her story, By the Light of the Moon, was adapted into a ballet production by the Sonoma Conservatory of Dance and is the first Xicana-themed ballet in history. She lives with her family of artists in Oakland, CA.



"Insightful and validating."—Kirkus Reviews

"Informative."—Publishers Weekly

"Charming"—San Francisco Chronicle


Seema Yasmin photo credit Lucas Passmore. Aida Salazar photo courtesy of the publicist.


1 Ferry Building Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94111
The ABCs of Queer History By Seema Yasmin, Lucy Kirk (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Seema Yasmin, Lucy Kirk (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781523518548
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click Title for More Details
Published: Workman Publishing Company - April 30th, 2024