When You Look Out the Window: How Phyllis Lyon and del Martin Built a Community


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$15.95  $14.83
Magination Press
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10.3 X 0.4 X 8.2 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Gayle E. Pitman, PhD, is a professor of psychology and women and gender studies at Sacramento City College. Her research, teaching, and writing focus heavily on gender, sexual orientation, intersectionality, and social justice. Her first children's book won the 2015 ALA Stonewall Award. She lives in Rio Linda, California.
Christopher Lyles spends much of his time working in a variety of media. He has contributed to children's publications, greeting cards, editorial illustrations, and gallery installations. Chris lives in the small town of Simsbury, Connecticut with his wife and their dog Riley. He loves to hike, travel, and teach art to children. His illustrations have been recognized by The Society of Illustrators in Los Angeles and American Illustration.


"Extensive information about Lyon and Martin's activism, marriage equality, and San Francisco itself (contained in a readers' note) offers a useful overview of LGBTQ history and women's rights." --Publishers Weekly

"A great conversation starter and a rare non-fiction book about LGBTQ equality for the younger age group." --Bay Windows

"A unique and entertaining way to introduce children ages 4 to 8 to untold stories in history while also being a clever tribute to two notable women." --Midwest Book Review

"A refreshing picture book biography of two prominent active lesbians, Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin. Looking out their window, they see how San Francisco has changed over the years since they first stepped in the city. A Reader's Note gives additional information why these places are significant and how Lyon and Martin contributed to LGBTQ- and particularly lesbian- activism. Great backmatter material also showcases why reading about LGBTQ history is important." --Chronicles of a Children's Book Writer

"We need these histories, and I'm glad we have such a creative and capable author bringing them to life." --RaiseThemRighteous