Sarah, Clemens Mill | February 16, 2019
It’s important for all kids to be able to pick up a book and see themselves reflected in the characters.
In children’s books especially, this is sometimes pretty abstract. People are often represented as monsters, or cars, or pieces of furniture. But in this way, many children of all different backgrounds and walks of life can see themselves in the pages of the books they read. Our library collections at Idea Exchange are becoming more and more diverse and representative of our community.
To this end, I’d like to introduce readers to a new grouping: the community tag “LGBTQ+” is now in use. This tag, entered into the search bar on our website, will bring up books featuring characters that identify within that spectrum. Like I said, some of them are abstract (the characters in one are literally crayons!) but they all embrace the LGBTQ+ community and concepts of diversity, acceptance, and a wide spectrum of people and experiences. It’s so important to see lots of types of people reflected in the books that teach our youngest readers about the world, and to remind them that everyone is unique.
We are all part of this great big, messy, crazy community, regardless of where you come from, what kind of family you live in, or what kind of life you have.
Here are a few selections:
Ship Of The Dead (Rick Riordan)
Prince & Knight (Daniel Haack)
Red: A Crayon's Story (Micheal Hall)
Hurricane Child (Kheryn Callendar)