Fans of Drag Queen Story Hour know what a blast it is. Lil’ Hot Mess was one of the first queens to host and she has been performing for over a decade while also studying as a PhD student in Media Studies at NYU. Her new book, The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish was was recently released. 

The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish came about organically through her singing with kids at Drag Queen Story Hour events, as a way to adapt popular children’s songs to get kids moving and feeling what it was like to embody the spirit and identity of drag queens.

Bright, playful illustrations by Olga de Dios add the perfect touch to this update on the classic “wheels on the bus” song that aims to teach little kids everywhere…there’s nothing wrong with a little swish in your step.

Playing off The Wheels on the Bus, this nursery rhyme book is a fun, freewheeling celebration of being your most fabulous self, illustrating all of the ways to “work it”. 

This book is appropriate for ages 4 -8 and retails for 17.99.

—Jennifer Swartvagher

All photos courtesy of Hatchette Book Group 


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