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Transgender Awareness Week 2018

This week is Transgender Awareness Week, and Transgender Day of Remembrance will be observed next Tuesday, November 20th. We join our trans, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary family members, friends, and neighbors near and far in celebrating the lives of trans people, remembering those lost to transphobic hate crimes, and renewing our commitment to fight for […]

The CCBC’s Diversity Statistics: Spotlight on LGBTQ+ Stories

This is the third column in a series examining statistics gathered by the newly expanded database of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (a research library of the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Education). Previous columns (interviews with CCBC Director Kathleen T. Horning) can be found in the July/August 2017 and March/April 2018 issues. In 2017, […]

From The Guide: We Need Middle-Grade LGBTQ+ Books

Publishers take note. According to Madeline Tyner’s article “The CCBC’s Diversity Statistics: Spotlight on LGBTQ+ Stories”: “We received very little LGBTQ+ fiction for middle-grade readers [in 2017]…The lack of this literature is unfortunate, as children in upper elementary and middle school are often beginning to question their sexual orientations or gender identities.” The following books, […]

On Julie Luecke’s “Reading Along the Gender Continuum” (from 2012)

“The reality, however, is that many children are gender variant (with interests and behaviors persistently outside of typical cultural gender norms) and at different points in their lives might be living or exploring at various places along the gender identity continuum.” If there had been a Horn Book blog focused on books and families in […]

The Miseducation of Cameron Post movie review

Emily M. Danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post, a novel about a teen girl sent to a gay conversion program in the early ‘90s, was not an easy read. Oh, it was good. It just wasn’t easy. But when the film (Filmrise, August 2018; NR) was released, I wanted to support it. And of course, […]

Love, Simon movie review

One of my most anticipated films of 2018 is finally out in theaters! Love, Simon (Fox, March 2018; PG-13), based on Becky Albertalli’s 2015 YA novel Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, is a coming-of-age story about sixteen-year-old Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) who has a huge secret: he’s gay. His life is turned upside down […]

Transgender Awareness Month 2017 resources

November is Transgender Awareness Month, a time to celebrate the lives of trans people, remember those lost to anti-trans hate crimes, and renew our commitment to fight for trans rights. Additionally, this week is Transgender Awareness Week, and Transgender Day of Remembrance will be observed on Monday, November 20th. We stand with our trans and […]

Looking for Queer Girls on the Shelves

I was a library fugitive. In elementary school I lost a few library books, and instead of telling anyone, I hid the notices and avoided the public library for most of my adolescent years. I read voraciously from the shelves of my school libraries, but as a self-sufficient grazer, I never had a strong relationship with […]

Resources for and about transgender people and allies

Here are links to resources for and about transgender people and allies from The Horn Book and around the web. #protecttranskids #protecttranstroops #readwriteresist Save

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 with Pride Jerry Griswold’s “Outside […]