queer children's books

Review: Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima

Okay, so there are still no bisexual children’s picture books.  I’m not reviewing this because it is a bisexual children’s picture book.  

But Not a Narwhal, is a book about breaking down binaries.  And frankly is just awesome.  In a world with no bisexual picture books, it can at least thematically give bisexual parents a way to talk to their kids about how life is more than a choice between opposites.  

Kelp is a little unicorn raised by narwhals.  Even though he is clearly different and not always good at narwhal tasks like swimming, his community loves him.  One day he goes to the surface and sees an animals that looks like him on the shore.  He finds a community of unicorns and finds out he is one of them, but still goes back to his loving community in the sea.  Only he is not happy there.  

What I like about this book (and why it functions as a good metaphor for bisexuality) is that the answer isn’t for him to live only with the unicorns or only with the narwhals.  The answer for Kelp is to throw a big party on the beach so narwhals and unicorns can all play together.  The answer isn’t a choice between a binary, it is about making space in the (literal) middle ground.  

Also the art is ungodly adorable, and full of rainbows:

So while we wait for a truly bisexual children’s picture book, this one is a boundary busting delight that can begin to open up bi-friendly conversations between parents and children.

- Sarah 

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.)

Comics:

Novels:

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

anonymous asked:

hello hello i am so mad i haven't read any books about asexuals??????? like where are those. where are books when characters come to terms with it and things. why is literally every book about white straight characters and theri goddamn romance and sex i need help please tell me you know some books about asexual characters?????? plEASE???

hello hello, AND I KNOW, RIGHT??? i’ve read books about the Ls, Gs, Bs, and Ts (even a couple of books about the Is), but i can’t think of a single book about the As off the top of my head. like i have run the gamut and nothing is coming to me. and i get a lot of my books recs off goodreads lists like best ya fiction with glbtqqi themes/characters and best lgbtqia literature, but i don’t think i’ve ever seen a novel about/featuring an asexual character on any of them. so i really can’t help you. HOWEVER: other people can! 

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.

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Queer books out in March 2014. Know any others?

[Image description: ten book covers, including Prarie Ostrich by Tamai Kobayashi, Mysterious Acts by My People by Valerie Wetlaufer, Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS by Martin Duberman, Underserved Women of Color: Claiming a Seat at the Table edited by Sonja M. Brown Givens and Keisha Edwards Tassie, Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger by Kelly Cogswell, Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah Hoffman, Ian Hoffman and Chris Case, This Way to the Sugar by Hieu M. Nguyen, Part the Hawser Limn the Sea by Dan Lopez, Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag by A.K. Summers, and The Sowing by Steven Dos Santos.]

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LGBTQ* Children’s Books That Are Doing it Right:

King & King, by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland


Prince Bertie has to get married and become King so his mother, the Queen, may get some rest. There is just one small glitch: Bertie insists he doesn’t like princesses! Good thing one of his princess-suitors has a brother…

<3 Ruth Elizabeth