Saturday, November 19, 2016

Favorite LGBTQ Books and Other Great #DiverseKidLit

Our theme for this month's Diverse Children's Books linkups is Favorite Children's Books Featuring an LGBTQ Character(s). (The theme is only a suggestion. Diverse posts on alternate topics are always welcome.)

What Is #DiverseKidLit?

Diverse Children's Books is a book-sharing meme designed to promote the reading and writing of children's books that feature diverse characters. This community embraces all kinds of diversity including (and certainly not limited to) diverse, inclusive, multicultural, and global books for children of all backgrounds.

We encourage everyone who shares to support this blogging community by visiting and leaving comments for at least three others. Please also consider following the hosts on at least one of their social media outlets. Spread the word using #diversekidlit and/or adding our button to your site and your diverse posts.


We hope this community will grow into a great resource for parents, teachers, librarians, publishers, and authors! Our next linkup will be Saturday, December 3rd and on the first and third Saturdays of every month.

Upcoming Theme

Our theme for the current linkup is Favorite Children's Books Featuring an LGBTQ Character(s). Themes are a suggestion only; all diverse book posts are welcome. If you're interested, you can start planning now for our upcoming themes ...
  • December 3rd linkup: Favorite Holiday Books. (Please feel free to share any holiday resources, not just winter holidays.) We will only hold 1 linkup in December, which will be open all month long.
  • January 7th and 21st linkups: Human Rights. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is celebrated in the US in January, think about your favorite books to share with children about the importance and the history of human rights and/or civil rights.

Most Clicked Post from Last Time

Our most-clicked post from last time is We Need Family for a Lifetime: November Is National Adoption Month. In addition to the previous #diversekidlit linkup, Gayle shares several great book recommendations about adoption and adoptive families. This is an important reminder about making sure that all children and all families find themselves in literature. Thanks, Gayle!

My #DiverseKidLit Shout-Out

Last week I finished reading Gracefully Grayson (2014) by Ami Polonsky. Grayson has always hidden his interests: bright colored pens, drawings of princesses, but a new friend and a supportive teacher help him to realize how to be true to himself and to share with his school and family the girl she truly feels herself to be. This book does a good job of highlighting the many challenges facing transgender children, both internal and external, as well as helpful and unhelpful ways to respond and support them. A great addition to a middle grade or middle school collection!

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