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Diverse Children's Literature: LGBTQ+

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Be careful not to box yourself into a concrete search term for your topic. Think of synonyms for your subject - broader terms, related terms, and narrower terms. Using this strategy will guarantee a wider selection of materials. Be aware, too, that some search terms may be uncomfortable to think or say out loud - but could yield possible results.

As the term implies, LGBTQ+ is an umbrella term for multiple gender and sexual identities. The Human Rights Campaign offers a fairly comprehensive glossary - many terms can be used to conduct searches in the CRC's catalog. 

Possible search termshomosexuality, transgender people, children of gay parents, lesbians, gender identity, asexual, intersex

Picture Books and Early Readers

Jerome by Heart
Mayor Pete
My Footprints
My Maddy
Papa, Daddy, and Riley
Plenty of Hugs
Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution!
Teddy's Favorite Toy
This Day in June
Uncle Bobby's Wedding
We Are Little Feminists: Families
When Aidan Became a Brother
Were I Not a Girl
Worm Loves Worm

Middle Grade

Ana on the Edge
The Derby Daredevils: Kenzie Kickstarts a Team
A High Five for Glenn Burke
In the Role of Brie Hutchens...
King and the Dragonflies
The Marvels
The Moon Within
The Other Boy
Rainbow Revolutionaries
The Ship We Built
The Stonewall Riots
Totally Joe
Troublemaker for Justice

Young Adult

All Boys Aren't Blue
As the Crow Flies
The Black Flamingo
Cemetery Boys
Check, Please!: # Hockey
Felix Ever After
The 57 Bus
The Great Nijinsky
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking up with Me
VIRAL: the Fight Against AIDS in America
When the Moon Was Ours