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Karina and Matthew talk about the LGBTQ representation in children’s literature, anti-queerness and parallels with colorism and racism, and what LGBTQ-centered stories can mean for kids who have not yet encountered queer individuals.

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Top Ten Most Challenged Books Lists (Banned & Challenged Books: a website of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom)

Trans Activist Miss Major Revisits The Stonewall Riots (HBO Vice News)

50 Years Since Stonewall, Transgender People Are Still Fighting for Their Lives (The Daily Beast)

Kacen Callender’s website

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Picture Books:

When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Luckoff, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita

Jerome by Heart by Thomas Scotto, illustrated by Olivier Tallec, and translated by Claudia Bedrick

It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity by Theresa Thorn, illustrated by Noah Grigni

Middle Grade:

Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake

Redwood and Ponytail by K.A. Holt (out 10/1 with Chronicle Books)

Graphic Novel:

The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith (out 1/20/20 with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Let us know what books or topics you’ve been sharing this week, or if you have a suggestion or book recommendation for an upcoming episode. Find us on email (, Twitter (@KarinaYanGlaser and @MatthewWinner), or Instagram (@KarinaIsReadingAndWriting and @MatthewCWinner).