Image: Ellis van der Does

Image: Ellis van der Does

 
 

Inspired by the iconic event series, Drag Queen Story Hour Books capture the imagination and play of gender fluidity while giving children positive and unabashedly queer role models. Fun, fantastical, full-color books recreate the magic of the DQSH readings and teach self-acceptance and self-love. Through characters that defy rigid gender norms, readers are introduced to a world where people can express their full selves and where dress up is real. Curated by DQSH founder Michelle Tea.

 

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TABITHA AND MAGOO DRESS UP, TOO by Michelle Tea, Illustrated by Ellis van der Does

Tabitha and Magoo love to play dress up in their room.

Tabitha uses her brother’s shirts to make superhero capes, and Magoo uses his sister’s frilly skirts to fashion a gown. They’re disappointed to think they can’t go outside in their new outfits, but then the gorgeous drag queen Morgana magically appears!

With the help of their new friend, they learn to defy restrictive gender roles and celebrate being themselves. The trio, dressed in colorful costumes and riding in a flying car, then heads to the local library for a diverse and fun-filled story time.

Based on the groundbreaking children's event series, Drag Queen Story Hour books capture the magic of dress up, self-expression, and imaginative storytelling.

 
Photo: Jenn Rosenstein

Photo: Jenn Rosenstein

Photo: Ellis van der Does

Photo: Ellis van der Does

Michelle Tea is the author of numerous books, including Rent GirlValencia, and How to Grow Up. She is the creator of the Sister Spit all-girl open mic and its 1997-1999 national tour. In 2003, Michelle founded RADAR Productions, a literary nonprofit that oversees queer-centric projects.

Ellis van der Does is a Dutch illustrator and designer. She graduated from the MA Graphic Design Communication course at Chelsea College of Art and Design. She lives in London.

 

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Photo: Drag Queen Story Hour

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About Drag Queen Story Hour:

Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores. DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.

Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) was created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions in San Francisco. It started out as drag queens reading stories to children in libraries and grew into a global phenomenon! DQSH now offers literary and creative programming for kids and teens of all ages led by drag queens, kings, and creatures all over the world. Our organization’s headquarters are in New York City where we create programming curriculum, produce over a hundred events a year, and provide resources, training, and support to build our growing network of DQSH chapters all over the world.