When You Look Out the Window tells the story of Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, one of San Francisco's most well-known and politically active lesbian couples. Describing the view from Phyllis and Del's window, this book shows how one couple's activism transformed their community — and had ripple effects throughout the world.

Includes a Reading Guide that provides helpful historical context, and a Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Educators about the importance of teaching LGBTQ history and culture to children.

This is a unique way to introduce children to untold stories in history while also being a clever tribute to two notable women.

About the Author

Gayle E. Pitman, PhD, is a professor of psychology and women's studies at Sacramento City College. Her teaching and writing focuses on gender and sexual orientation, and she has worked extensively with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community.

She is the author of This Day In June, which won the 2015 Stonewall Book Award — Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's and Young Adult Literature Award.

About the Illustrator

Christopher Lyles has illustrated numerous books for children. Inspired by vintage graphics and antique surfaces, he uses collage and mixed media applications to create his art.

He lives in a quiet New England town surrounded by wilderness. When he is not creating picture books, he enjoys spending time with his family and hiking the surrounding woods.

The illustrations for When You Look Out the Window were created using watercolor, collage, and mixed media.

Reviews & Awards

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

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