Sudbury Preschool To Host Drag Queen Story Hour Next Week

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A Drag Queen Story Hour event is set to take place at a preschool in town of Sudbury next week.

The event is a part of the Family Pride Day that is taking place at the school from 9:30 a.m. to noon  Saturday, June 11.

The school serves children ages 2 through pre-kindergarten, according to its web site. It’s located on the property of Memorial Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) in Sudbury.

The school’s web site lists the full rundown of events that will take place that day:


Come join us at 26 Concord Rd for a morning of celebration and fun! Here is a list of all the activities you can look forward to. We will also have food trucks and an ice cream truck!

  • Unveiling of the little free diverse library, tie-dying, and family crafts by the Sudbury Cooperative Preschool
  • Drag Queen Storytime with performer Just J.P by the Goodnow Library
  • Sidewalk chalk mural by the Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School
  • Beading and wind socks by the Memorial Congregational Church
  • Read aloud and book signing with Adria Karlson (author of My Sister Daisy)
  • Tattoos by Salem Five Bank
  • Face Painting by HOPE Sudbury
  • Bookfair by The Silver Unicorn
  • Bubble extravaganza by St. John’s Church
  • Rainbow streamers by Neighborhood Brigade
  • Raffle to benefit OUTMetrowest
  • Community banners by St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church
  • Parade with all attendees
  • Ice Cream truck


Drag Queen Story Hour events are hour-long events where drag queens read books to children. NewBostonPost covered a Drag Queen Story Hour event at a public library in Plymouth last year that also featured the drag queen known as Just J.P., along with another drag queen.

The first book the drag queens read at that event is called Neither. It is about a creature born in a society of blue bunnies and yellow birds that doesn’t fit the society’s binary system. The main character is a green animal with bird wings and legs, but has rabbit ears.

The About section for the book on Amazon says, “This colorful, simple, and touching story promotes diversity and offers a valuable lesson to the youngest of audiences:  it is our differences that unite us.”

The second book they read, Red: A Crayon’s Story, is about an incorrectly labeled crayon. It was a blue crayon that had a red label and suffers an identity crisis as a result.

The third book they read was Julian Is A Mermaid. It’s about a boy who dresses up as a mermaid; he doesn’t know what his grandmother will think, but she supports him. Although mermaids do not exist, the definition of a mermaid (according to Merriam-Webster) is “a fabled marine creature with the head and upper body of a woman and the tail of a fish.”

And the final book they read is called Be Who You Are. It’s a book that, according to the author’s web site, “encourages kids to be proud of who they are inside.” The book encourages kids to wear what they want, speak their own language, and be proud of where they come from.

When the first presenter finished reading the book, Just J.P. told the kids to “be proud” and to “Remember pride month is all year-round.”

Memorial Congregational Church, where the preschool is located, considers itself LGBT-friendly.

Here is what the church’s web site says on the matter:


Memorial Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming Church. We welcome into membership all people who would share our faith journey. When we use the word “all” we specifically and implicitly include gay, lesbian and bisexual people, and others who have experienced rejection.

Subject only to the usual guidelines, our clergy may assist and officiate at ceremonies for gay, lesbian and bisexual couples. We stand ready to support such families, as we do all others, in these significant moments.

We honor Christ’s call to unity by this resolution and by our Covenant; recognizing that there is yet more truth and light to break forth from the word of God. Through this resolution we continue to walk together in the search for that light.


Sudbury, where the preschool is located, is a town of about 19,000 in Middlesex County, about 18 miles west of Boston..

A spokesman for the Sudbury Cooperative Preschool could not be reached for comment on Thursday or Friday this week. Nor could a spokesman for Memorial Congregational Church.


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