June is Pride Month—it began as a commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, started by trans women of color, and is a month of celebration and affirmation for the LGBTQ+ community. Many children realize their gender identity and sexual orientation at a young age, even if they don’t have the words for it. Every child deserves to feel safe and accepted at all times, but especially in the library.
Just as it is important to affirm children with inclusive displays, programs, and providing a welcome environment, it is equally important to provide them and their caregivers with resources to foster that at home. Below you will find resources for adults helping a child discover who they are and some for children to navigate by themselves.
Resources for adults:
- This is A Book for Parents of Gay Kids by Kristin Russo and Dannielle Owens-Reid
- The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes by Diane Ehrensaft
- Coming Out: Information for Parents of LGBTQ Teens
- Tips for Parents of LGBTQ Youth
- Gender Identity Development in Children
- Supporting LGBTQ+ Students of Color
Resources for children:
- The ABC’s of LGBT+ by Ash Hardell
- Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
- Stonewall: A Building, an Uprising, a Revolution by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Jamey Christoph
- Almost Flying Jake Maia Arlow
- My Rainbow by Trinity Neal and Deshanna Neal, illustrated by Art Twink
- Beyond the Gender Binary by Alok Vaid-Menon, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky
Sierra McKenzie (School Age Programs and Service Committee Co-Chair) is a Library Customer Specialist for Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library. She has served on the library’s Mock Coretta Scott King committee, the local Pride Parade planning committee. Previously at ALA, she served on the Public Awareness Committee for ALSC, participated in the ALSC 2020 Morris Seminar for Book Evaluation, and is continuing as a member of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force.
This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competencies: I. Commitment to Client Group II. Reference and User Services