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Recommended books and articles for Pride Month

Throughout the month of June, we’ve been celebrating Pride Month by highlighting Horn Book articles on queer lives, experiences, and literature. Some brand-new additions to our LGBTQIA+ content from previous years: Pride Month 2017 On Kathleen T. Horning’s “On Spies and Purple Socks and Such” One year later Love stories...
      

Outside Over There and Gay Pride

Jonathan Cott’s new book There’s a Mystery There (Doubleday) is a terrific examination of what its subtitle calls “The Primal Vision of Maurice Sendak.” It accomplishes this by focusing on a single book, Sendak’s masterpiece, Outside Over There (1981), winner of a Caldecott Honor and a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award....
      

One year later

Throughout the month of June, we're celebrating Pride Month by highlighting articles and recommended books on queer lives and experiences. Click on the tag Pride 2017 to browse.But today, on the one-year anniversary of the horrific Pulse nightclub massacre targeting queer people of color — a community already far, far...
      

On Kathleen T. Horning's “On Spies and Purple Socks and Such” (from 2005)

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“Sometimes you have to lie. But to yourself you must always tell the truth.”—Ole Golly from Harriet the Spy by Louise FitzhughJune is Pride Month (whether or not the White House recognizes it) and LGBTQIA folx and their allies are holding their rainbow flags — of various stripes — high....
      

Review of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtueby Mackenzi LeeHigh School    Tegen/HarperCollins    512 pp.    g6/17    978-0-06-238280-1    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-238282-5    $9.99Eighteen-year-old Monty, spoiled heir to a wealthy estate in eighteenth-century Britain, embarks on a year-long “Tour” of Europe, after which he will settle unhappily into respectable...
      

Pride Month 2017

Bausum, Ann  Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay RightsMiddle school, high school     120 pp.     Viking    2016Bausum begins with a detailed, nuanced exposition of the June 1969 Stonewall riots as a galvanizing moment for the gay rights movement, then traces the movement's evolution (in a somewhat more cursory way)...
      

Parrotfish Needed an Update: The Rapidly Changing Language of Transgender Awareness

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cover for first edition and revised editionA decade ago, I wrote Parrotfish, the first young adult novel with a transgender protagonist. At the time I wrote it, most of my (middle-aged) friends didn’t understand the meaning of the word transgender. They guessed that it meant cross-dresser or drag queen, but...
      

Five Gay Picture-Book Prodigies and the Difference They’ve Made

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From the March/April 2015 cover by Tomie dePaola.   Andy Manley, a Scottish theater artist, travels the world putting on shows for children. In 2014, he was in New York doing My House, a “mostly wordless solo piece co-starring a cardboard box and a wayward melon,” according to the New...
      

What Makes a Good YA Coming-Out Novel?

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Since John Donovan’s groundbreaking 1969 I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip, young adult novels featuring gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning teens have come a long way. Once few and far between, they have enjoyed a steady rise in numbers and prominence, particularly over the last decade,...

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