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Gay Families in Kids Books

Great article about LGBTQ characters in Middle Grade from School Library Journal dated November 6, 2013

Jonathan Arnston and I partnered on a series of posts in the summers of 2011 and 2012.

Here are the links to the posts from 2012

Where are the Gay Parents in YA from May 29, 2012 
King of the Screw Ups--Guest Post from Jonathon Arnston from May 30, 2012 
Wrap up from June 1, 2012


The following links will bring you to my reviews from 2011.

From August 15, 2011, post #1
Review of BETWEEN MOM AND JO by Julie Peters
Review of MOMMY, MAMA, AND ME by Leslea Newman
Review of EARTHSHINE by Theresa Nelson
Review of IN OUR MOTHERS' HOUSE by Patricia Polacco
From August 26, 2011, wrap up of series

Below is a list of books and blogs which feature gay families:

Thanks to my friend Gary Fryns, we have a book list. Keep in mind, I have not read all of these books, just pass them along as a reference.


Middle Grade/Young Adult

The Eagle Kite, by Paula Fox (Orchard)
Earthshine, by Theresa Nelson (Orchard)
Jack, by A.M. Homes (Random House/Vintage)
Out of the Shadows, by Sue Hines (Avon)
Box Girl by Sarah Withrow
Living in Secret by Cristina Salat
Between Mom and Jo by Julie Ann Peters
THE POPULARITY PAPERS
by Amy Ignatow
PEARL
by Jo Knowles 
LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins 

Added 5/29/12

LUV YA BUNCHES by Lauren Myracle 
THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO, Part I of Patrick Ness' Chaos Walking trilogy.
KING OF THE SCREWUPS by K.L. Going

Picture books:

A PET OF MY OWN by Ursula Ferro.
Donovan's Big Day by Lesléa Newman
Frank and Hank Get Hitched by R.A. Carpenter
A tale of two daddies by Vanita Oelschlager
Daddy, Papa, and me by Leslea Newman
Is your family like mine? by Lois Abramchik
Two Daddies and Me by Robbi Anne Packard
Asha's mums by Rosamund Elwin and Michele Paulse
A smile so big by Kathleen Abel
best colors by Eric Hoffman
King and King by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland
And Tango makes three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Antonio's card by Rigoberto Gonzalez
In our mothers' house by Patricia Polacco
MOMMA, MAMA, AND ME by Lesléa Newman and Carol Thompson
UNCLE BOBBY'S WEDDING 
by Sarah Brannen
MONDAY IS ONE DAY
by Arthur Levine and Julian Hector 
Patricia Sarles has a great resource if you're looking for more picture books about the experience of knowing or having a gay parent, family member or friend.

Another great resource is GayYA, a blog about GLBT characters and pairings in Children’s Literature. The focus is not gay parents, but they have a book list if you’re looking for books with characters who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered.


Update: New Resource. Lee Wind's Blog: I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell do I Read? Again, sort of gets away from the specificity of parents, but Lee has a lot of great resources for reading material for anyone interested in reading about GLBT characters in Children's Literature.



If anyone has anything to contribute, please feel free to mention other titles in the comments, and I'll update my list. Also, if you're interested in joining and have a book or two (or more) that you'd like to feature, you may email Jon at jonarntson AT gmail DOT com or send a Twitter message to @JonathonArntson.