lesbian children books

notyouramelie  asked:

Hello! Do you have any recommendations for lesbian books for younger girls? My daughter is only 11, but knows shes a lesbian, and I'm struggling to find her books with representation that are age appropriate. Thank you :D x

For sure! That’s amazing that she’s been able to know about herself so young, and to be an accepting environment. Here are a few books that should be a good fit for her!

(Starred books I’ve read and recommend.)

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There are a couple middle grade lesbian/bi girl books being published soon: Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender and P.S. I Miss You by Jen Petro-Roy

‘I’m transgender, and a lesbian, and I’m not ashamed of that’
— 

Danielle Tozer in ‘Dreadnought’ by April Daniels.

Possibly the best closing quote for any character ever. It is a phenomenal novel, that is funny, gripping, touching and heartbreaking.
It is a beautiful depiction of the shock of transitioning, accepting yourself and being brave. It’s also a unique approach to the superhero genre that gives us an amazing, inspiring female superhero, proud of her femininity.
In my mind, Danielle should stand with the greats like Wonder Woman.
If you read anything this year, let it be Dreadnought (Also, there’s a sequel out soon, so maybe that too)

I remember when my ex read this book to me last year, we were both disappointed that it wasn’t ACTUALLY a gay romance. Because of this, I didn’t feel inclined to purchase this book when it came out as its own short story with graphics. But I was at Barnes and Noble today and felt curious enough to see if the kiss scene was drawn. As you can see, it was. And it’s beautiful.
I stared at it for a long time and wanted to cry. As a gay person, you don’t get fairy tales. You don’t get movies or television. You don’t get books. You don’t get stories, and you don’t pictures.
If you identify as heterosexual, just think about that for a moment. Really think what it would be like to have absolutely no source of any of those things both as a child as well as an adult. I can’t say, “My favorite Disney love story is ______ and _______ because I could relate to their love!”
@whathappenednextwriting and I were talking about homosexuality in movies the other day. We started out laughing about how many you see that either has someone dead/dying/ leaving for a man. But somewhere in the conversation, the laughter died down. Because it’s not funny. The only thing you see in the media is the struggle of coming out, of acceptance, of secret heterosexuality. But that’s not my life! I text the woman I love and I’m excited when she laughs. I talk to my friends and I cheat on my diet. I go shoe shopping and I take selfies and I spend too much time putting my lipstick on. I don’t understand where my romcoms are. Where is my typical love story? I’m not secretly pining for a man, I’m not cheating on my loved ones, I’m not dying and I’m not in the closet. I want the media to quit trying to PUT me there.
If I had a book with this picture in it as a kid, if I had a beautiful story about the female knight going to rescue a princess–no, if I had a TON of those, I would have known acceptance and happiness sooner. I hope this becomes a trend as soon as possible. I don’t want to live in a world I can’t relate to any longer.

Review - Gay & Lesbian History for Kids: The Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights by Jerome Pohlen

Oh Gay & Lesbian History for Kids.  I wanted to love you.  I came so close….. but then you crashed and burned. 

Despite the title Gay & Lesbian History for Kids actually starts strong.  It identifies Alexander the Great and Emperor Hadrian as bisexual on page 4 so perhaps I got my hopes up….. but once it gets past Stonewall, its like bisexual and transgender people just stop existing.  If bisexual people are in this book, they are in boxes off to the side, showing that we do exist but aren’t really all that important to the narrative.  There is nothing on the history of tension between lesbians and mainstream feminism about the similar antagonism towards bisexual women in the movement. No Brenda Howard and Sylvia Rivera is not identified as bi. 

And the first mention of Sylvia Rivera in this book deadnames her.  I was shocked.  I’ve been a big reader of queer history for over a decade and I’ve never come across Rivera’s birthname before because IT’S HIGHLY DISRESPECTFUL AND NOT RELEVANT TO HER WORK.  Rivera is mentioned a few times but there is no real depth or explanation of her work.  Transgender rights and transgender people are all but forgotten after 1970, with no mention of their issues of violent hate crimes or employment discrimination.  And despite some valiant attempts at diversity in the beginning of the book, it is as though queer people of color in this history just stopped existing or mattering after the 1960′s. 

The one possible saving grace of this book is the activities.  Holy hell they are awesome!   This would be the perfect book to use with a girl scout troop or day camp or sunday school.  I’m all about teaching kids queer history by teaching them to make their own protest signs/songs/buttons/symbols, performing scenes from queer theatre, reading banned books, and forming their own movements around issues that are important to them.  I just wish those awesome activities could be in a book with less problematic trans content and bi erasure.  

Look if you are a school or librarian or parent and the choice is this book or nothing (or god forbid this book and the unmitigated pile of ahistorical dreck that is Ann Bausum’s Stonewall), then pick this book.  It’s got some good moments in the beginning and the activities are top notch.  But overall it is very much a white Gay and Lesbian book, so bisexual and transgender people continue to search for adequate historical representation in our children’s nonfiction.  Sigh. 

- Sarah

trigger warnings for: violence (though discussed a 10 year old appropriate level) and dead-naming