Trade your child’s princess obsession for a love of queens—drag queens, that is. The popular Drag Queen Story Hour returns to selected SF and Oakland public libraries throughout the month of June, and whether you and your family have been front row regulars since the event’s inception in 2015, or you are brand new to the scene, you won’t want to miss this extra special story time.

Play Dress Up with the Pros
Glitter, taffeta, ski-high heels big, colorful hair—what’s a kid not to love? Not to mention that kids typically have a more fluid idea of gender, so it’s the perfect time to emphasize the idea that people can be whatever they wish regardless of how and whom they were born—and that playing dress up doesn’t have to end just because you grow up. The darling drag queens who will be reading, singing and dancing with the kids at this year’s events include Panda Dulce, Honey Mahogany, Yves St. Croissant and Black Benetar. In addition to story time there will be cookies, face-painting and more, depending on the location and the specific programs dreamed up by the glamorous hostesses. 

A Message of Inclusion and Acceptance
From fairy tales about boy princesses to classics like “Goodnight Moon,” the programming for the story times feature themes of inclusion, and the hostesses will often ask kids to think about how they should treat people who are different. And beyond the children, who are typically instantly comfortable with the feather boa-donning queens, this is also an opportunity for parents, many of whom may not have much connection to the queer community, to take away a new perspective and learn tools for discussing inclusion with their kids.

This Year’s Dates and Details 

Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m.– noon
Eureka Valley/harvey Milk Memorial Branch
1 José Sarria Ct.
San Francisco, Ca

Saturday, June 10, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Main Library, SF
100 Larkin St.,
San Francisco, Ca

Saturday, June 17, 2–3 p.m.
Bernal Heights Branch
500 Cortland Ave.,
San Francisco, Ca

Saturday, June 24, 10:30 am–11:30 am
Diamond Recreation Center
3860 Hanly Rd.,
Oakland, Ca

Online: radarproductions.org and dragqueenstoryhour.org

Have you been to Drag Queen Story Hour? Tell us about it in the comments below! 

–Erin Feher