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Lesbian Teen Provides Lifeline of Books to LGBT Youth

(I broke this story a few weeks ago in my Mombian newspaper column, reprinted below. It’s about a lesbian teen making a difference—and underscores for me how much things have changed since I was a teen. Despite the horror stories we still hear about bullying, suicide, and other ills, there are more gay-straight alliance clubs, […]

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Book Recommendation: The Secret Science Alliance

My eight-year-old son and I stumbled upon a book the other day that he’s been unable to put down: The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook, by Eleanor Davis. If you roll your eyes at the school-despising, slacker mentality of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (however funny they may be), or if your kids love graphic novels, kid heroes, and/or science, you (and they) will love this.

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Maurice Sendak Talks About New Book, Parenthood, Coming Out, Growing Old

It’s Banned Books Week, the the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual celebration of the freedom to read. I can think of no better way to celebrate than to point out a new interview by NPR’s Terry Gross of children’s literature icon Maurice Sendak, about his new book, Bumble-Ardy. Sendak’s book In the Night Kitchen made the ALA’s […]

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LGBT Characters in Young Adult Literature: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Authors Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith wrote in a post at Publishers Weekly this week that a literary agent told them to make a gay character in their young adult novel straight if they wanted the agent to represent them. It’s unfortunately not an isolated occurence. If you’re wondering why, author Patricia Nell Warren […]

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Create a Video for Banned Books Week

I often write about banned books here, and love the annual Banned Books Week in September. This year, the American Library Association is encouraging anyone celebrating the freedom to read to take part in a Virtual Read-Out on YouTube. School Library Journal has the details: The criteria are simple: create a video that’s less than two minutes […]

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Mazel Tov! Jewish LGBT Children’s Book Contest Winner Announced

Jewish LGBT organization Keshet has announced the winner of its first Jewish Children’s Book Writing Contest (mentioned here in February): The Purim Superhero, by Elisabeth Kushner, a public librarian in Vancouver, Canada—and a lesbian mom herself. Kushner told Keshet: When I heard about the Keshet contest, it seemed like a perfect fit: in the Purim story, […]

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Same-Sex Weddings Inspire Pioneering Author’s New Picture Book

More than 20 years after she wrote Heather Has Two Mommies, the first picture book for and about children with lesbian parents, Lesléa Newman is still turning out must-reads for lesbian families. Her latest work, Donovan’s Big Day, is a delightful story about a boy preparing for the wedding of his two moms. Newman, who […]

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Author Arthur Levine Talks About His LGBT-Inclusive Picture Book

Congratulations to Mandy, winner of the final Monday is One Day giveaway last week. Here’s a video of author Arthur Levine talking about the book, his own very personal inspiration for it, and Julian Hector’s fitting illustrations. Levine is openly gay, and includes a pair of gay dads in the book, but the book’s message […]

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Final Giveaway of Monday Is One Day LGBT-Inclusive Kids’ Book

Congratulations to Kate, winner of yesterday’s Monday is One Day giveaway! Here’s the last of three giveaways this week. First, let me say thank you to all of you who commented on the previous giveaway posts. I encourage all of you to go read what others have written about balancing work and parenthood and their favorite kids’ […]

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Second Giveaway of Monday Is One Day, LGBT-Inclusive Kids’ Book

Congratulations to Cheryl, winner of yesterday’s Monday is One Day giveaway! Here’s the second of three giveaways this week. If you missed the info yesterday, here’s the scoop: Monday Is One Day, by Arthur Levine, is a gay-inclusive (but not exclusive) poem from a working parent to a child. “The hardest part of going to work is being […]

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New LGBT-Inclusive Kids’ Book Is a Poem from Parent to Child–and We Have a Giveaway

It’s always exciting to share news of a brand-spanking new LGBT-inclusive children’s book, especially one as good as Monday is One Day, by Arthur Levine, the U.S. editor of Harry Potter—and I have three copies to give away this week!

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Penguins Top Challenged Books List Yet Again

For the fourth time, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell’s And Tango Makes Three, based on the real-life story of two male penguins who raise a chick from an orphaned egg, tops the American Library Association’s (ALA) latest Top Ten list of the Most Frequently Challenged Books. The penguins take over again after slipping to number two […]

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A Bevy of LGBTQ-Inclusive Young Adult Books

There is a veritable slew of LGBT-inclusive children’s books, young adult books, and books about parenting coming out right now (a “slew” being more than a “bevy” but less than a “flood”). I will be covering some of them in more depth for my newspaper column, but I wanted to mention a few new young adult books here. They’re a little outside my usual parenting focus, but I liked them enough to give them a mention.

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Talking to Kids About Japan’s Earthquake

Have you spoken with your kids about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan? We’ve touched on it with our seven-year-old, trying to provide some insight into the world beyond our borders—but also wondering whether too much detail will just scare him. So far, I think we’ve managed a balance, though we’ve avoided talking about nuclear […]

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What Are Your Kids Reading?

Let’s talk about books. Not just LGBT books, but kids and young adult books in general. What are your kids reading now? Please share in the comments (along with their ages and/or grades, as a guide for others). My second-grade son is very into the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. I’m […]

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Say Uncle! My Uncle’s Wedding Is Cute But Redundant

There’s a new children’s book out featuring a same-sex couple getting married: Eric Ross’ My Uncle’s Wedding. “Wait a minute,” some of you may say. “Wasn’t that book published a while back?” No, but a similar one about a same-sex couple getting married, Sarah Brannen’s Uncle Bobby’s Wedding, came out from Penguin Book in 2008. Therein lies the problem.

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss: or Why Burping Turtles Are Like LGBT Kids’ Books

Happy birthday to the good doctor, who was born Theodor Seuss Geisel on this date in 1904. While we may not be able to celebrate quite like they do in Katroo, we can celebrate Read Across America Day, an annual “reading motivation and awareness program” run by the National Education Association (NEA). I feel obliged to point […]

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Oy, Gay: LGBT Jewish Children’s Book Writing Contest

Passing along this information from Keshet, the national organization for GLTBQ Jews: Keshet, a national nonprofit that works for the full inclusion of GLBTQ Jews, just launched a Jewish Children’s Book Writing Contest. While there are many great Jewish books for kids, Jewish children’s books that feature GLBTQ families or characters are extremely rare. The winner […]

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Gay Author Wins Prestigious Children’s Literature Award

In all my excitement over the latest Rainbow Bibliography and Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award, I neglected to mention that prolific children’s author and illustrator Tomie DePaola–who happens to be gay–won this year’s Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association. The award “honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.”

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The Trojan Guinea Pig?

OK, no Trojan guinea pigs here really, but Sarah Brannen, author and illustrator of Uncle Bobby’s Wedding, about two gay guinea pigs and their niece (see my longer piece on it here), has illustrated a new book, Digging for Troy: From Homer to Hisarlik. Brannen didn’t write this one—the authors are Jill Rubalcaba and Eric H. Cline—and […]

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Rainbow Bibliography Helps Librarians Help LGBTQ Youth

The American Library Association (ALA) has published its fourth annual Rainbow Bibliography, a list of recommended children’s and young adult books with significant LGBTQ content. The list is a yet another arrow in the quiver of those looking to support LGBTQ youth and children of LGBTQ parents—and I don’t need to tell you how important that is these days.

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Of Bullies and Bunnies

Sometimes parts of my life collide in unexpected ways. My sister-in-law gave my seven-year-old son a copy of Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery for the holidays, and he’s been enjoying it thoroughly. It’s the first of the delightful series by James Howe about a vampire bunny who sucks juice from vegetables. I highly recommend it. […]

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Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to Brian Katcher, whose young adult novel Almost Perfect won the inaugural Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award from the American Library Association (ALA). The award, which honors children’s and young adult books “of exceptional merit” related to the LGBT experience, was announced this morning at the ALA’s annual Youth Media Awards, which also […]

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“She Got Me Pregnant”: Episode 119

After a few weeks hiatus, I’m back with a new vlog about LGBT parenting books and videos of 2010—great for holiday gifts! (Those of you who prefer your gifts guides in text could try my earlier written post.) Mombian: She Got Me Pregnant, 12-16-2010 Uploaded by drudolph. – Watch more LGBT videos. (If the embedded […]

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My Princess Boy Book Gets Mainstream Publisher

Remember the news story that broke a couple of months ago about the mom who wrote the book My Princess Boy for her five-year-old son, who loved to dress up in princess clothes? The mom, Cheryl Kilodavis, began selling it locally and directly through Amazon. Her son’s school began using it as an anti-bullying tool. Now, Simon and Schuster–a major mainstream publisher–has picked it up and will begin selling it on December 21. You can pre-order it through Amazon.

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