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Drag Queen Story Hour

TEACHING KIDS TO EMBRACE THEIR FABULOUS SELVES AT TREEFORT

Article by Shasta Ockerberg

Photography by Shasta Ockerberg

Treefort 2021, Boise Idaho— No one is too young, or too late to experience the world of glittery beards, high heels, big wigs, and a great perspective on embracing our most fabulous selves. "Drag Queen Story Hour" has traveled the world to help teach kids about fluidity and diversity through drag-themed children's books.

"I wish I had this visibility when I was a kid," drag queen and NYC Story Hour icon Cholula Lemon said. Appearing beside her at Dragfort were Boise's own Miss Fyre and Coco Freeo. 

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Miss Fyre, Cholula Lemon and Coco Freeo. Photo: Shasta Ockerberg.

The event started with the Queens reading and leading the audience in a rendition of a popular children's song, entitled "The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish," written by Little Miss Hot Mess. According to the book, "the fingers go snap, and the jewelry goes bling!"

Each Queen got the chance to read a story of their own. Miss Fire read "Neither" by Airlie Anderson, the journey of a little creature who doesn't fit in anywhere. But Miss Fyre expressed that all different shapes and colors can find their true friends and focus on being you.

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Cholula Lemon reading "The Family Book". Credited to Shasta Ockerberg.

Coco Freeo took her chance and read "Julian Is a Mermaid" by Jessica Love in both English and Spanish. She wanted all the children to remember to always use their imaginations to express themselves. Finally, Cholula Lemon read "The Family Book" by Todd Parr about the strength and support that our families, no matter who makes that up, will love you for who you are. 

Be confident. Be fabulous. Be the best you.

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