Exploring Diversity:
Themes & Communities

Please note that we have not had the opportunity to review all of the books listed by all of these site and page authors. Regard this list merely as a starting place for your own research and evaluation. Please also note that the author/illustrator highlight links are by no means intended to be comprehensive; they're just that—some highlights!

African American Authors from Nancy Keane's Booktalks. A listing.

African-American Children's Book Project: an interview with Vanesse J. Lloyd-Sgambati by Kelly Starling Lyons at The Brown Bookshelf. Peek: "The book project develops book tours, creates promotional events, serves as consultant to publishers/authors and corporate entities who are interested in literacy."

African American Children's Book Writers and Illustrators: "a collective information-sharing forum for children's authors and illustrators, young and old, aspiring or published."

African American Voices in Children's Fiction from the Arrowhead Library System.

BLACK BOOKS GALORE! by Donna Rand, Toni Trent Parker, and Sheila Foster (John Wiley & Sons, 1998). A great starting place featuring descriptions of 500 books, award listings, tips for encouraging young readers, and highlight articles on a sampling of African American authors and illustrators. Visit Black Books Galore!

Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English.

Black Threads in Kid's Lit: "exploring African American picture Books and other fanciful topics."

Black Women Kid Lit Illustrators: a listing compiled by Ed Spicer from Mitali Perkins at Mitali's Fire Escape.

My Life as a Rhombus
The Brown Bookshelf
: a group of five authors and illustrators, brought together for the collective goal of showcasing the best and brightest voices in African-American Children’s Literature, with a special emphasis on new authors and books that are “flying under the radar.”

Author Feature: Paula Chase-Hyman, Varian Johnson, Don Tate, Kelly Starling Lyons, and Carla Sarratt of The Brown Bookshelf from Cynsations.

The Coretta Scott King Award sponsored by the American Library Association.

Coretta Scott King Book Award-winning Authors, Illustrators, & Books: "a free curricular resource center" from TeachingBooks.net. Peek: "Hear directly from African American authors and illustrators as they talk about and read from their books" and much more.

Coretta Scott King Book Award Curriculum Resource Center: "...a free, multimedia, online database for educators and families, featuring more than 250 original recordings with the award-winning authors and illustrators, and hundreds of lesson plans..."

Getting a seat at the Coretta Scott King Book Award Table from Black Threads in Kid's Lit. Note: a breakdown by percentage of repeat winners of the award.

Great African-American Children's Books from Harris County Public Library.

Guest Post: Arnold Adoff and Kacy Cook on Virginia Hamilton: Speeches, Essays, & Conversations from Cynsations.

The Journal of African American Children's Literature: "The mission…is two fold: one to promote, preserve and disseminate information about African American Children's Literature; second to provide innovative, original research that promotes progressive and transformative scholarship on the historical and contemporary analysis of African American Children's Literature (AACL) that is written and/or illustrated by African Americans."

Just Us Books: Celebrating a 20-Year Legacy: an interview with Cheryl and Wade Hudson by Kelly Starling Lyons from The Brown Bookshelf: United in StoryPeek: "Founded on the principle of cultural authenticity, Just Us Books has helped pave the way for the diversity in children's books we see today. The black-owned, family-run publisher has sold millions of books and given many black illustrators and authors — including me — their start in the field."

Powerful African-American Images Revealed in Picture Books from Kay E. Vandergrift.

Resource Bibliography for the Study of African-American Children’s Literature from the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection.

"What Does Black History Month Mean to You?" a Q&A with noted voices in children's literature from Lee & Low Books.

Shayla's Double Brown Baby Blues
SHAYLA'S DOUBLE BROWN BABY BLUES by Lori Aurelia Williams.

Learn more about: Christopher Paul Curtis; Jane Kurtz; Julius Lester; E.B. Lewis; Michelle Meadows; Jerry Pinkney; Don Tate; Cornelius Van Wright; Rita Williams-Garcia.


"Where the Rubber Meets the Road:" African-American Imprints/Publishers by Paula Chase-Hyman from The Brown Bookshelf. Peek: "If you're looking for children’s books for and/or by African American authors here the following are a few places to begin."

The Relatives Came

Appalachia in Children's Literature from Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site.

Appalachian Folktales in Children's Literature and Collections for All Ages from Tina L. Hanlon.

Applit: Resources for Readers and Teachers of Appalachian Literature for Children and Young Adults.

Appalachin Resources from the Internet School Library Media Center. See also a related bibliography by Herb Wilburn.

Children's Literature that Reflects Appalachian Culture from Pam Petty.

Exploring Social Issues through Appalachian Children's Literature from Susan Virginia Mead, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology, Ferrum College.

Samir and Yonatan

Arab Children's Literature: An Update by Tami C. Al-Hazza' from Book Links, a publication of the American Library Association. Note: PDF file.

Arab Children's Literature from Mitali Perkins. Note: PDF file.

Scholastic makes inroads into Arabic children's book market by Geraldine Baum from the Los Angeles Times. Peek: "Scholastic, the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, first weeded its list of thousands of titles down to 200 and later 80. They were translated into Arabic, and over the last three years, almost 17 million copies have been shipped from a plant in Missouri to elementary schools across the Middle East and North Africa."

A Dozen YA Novels with Asian Guy Protagonists: compiled by Mitali Perkins from Mitali's Fire Escape. Peek: "I got great suggestions, but didn't include any middle-grade titles, those published before 2007, or novels in which the Asian guy was a sidekick, romantic interest, or one of several protagonists."

Asian American Book List from the National Education Association. Peek: "a bilingual reading list of titles appropriate for K-12 students. The following titles are listed by grade level and include fiction, non-fiction and poetry."

Asian Pacific American Book List from Talk Story: sharing stories, sharing culture.

Children's Books with Asian and Asian-American Themes from CYALR. Includes numerous more related links.

Childbook.com: features Chinese Children Books, Video's, Audio and computer CD's, and other materials for libraries, ESL Programs, and government institutions for teaching Chinese Culture and Language with secure online ordering.

Children's and Young Adult Books with Japanese and Japanese American Characters & Themes from CYALR. Emphasizes immigration and the internment of Japanese Americans.

FUSION STORIES: New Novels to Celebrate Asian Pacific American Month.

“Great Expectations: Breaking Down the Wall of Assumptions” by Debbi Michiko Florence. Peek: "It's not enough that a main character in a book is Asian-American in physical description, but he/she should also share that melding of cultures.”

Pacific Rim Voices is the website of the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize, which was created in 1996 to encourage the publication and readership of books that will increase understanding about the nations and peoples of the Pacific Rim region. The site, launched in September 1999, features not only information about the Kiriyama Prize -- its winners and finalists, but also book reviews, calendar listings, regional focus pages, author interviews, original fiction, links to other Pacific Rim related sites, and more. New features will be posted to the site regularly.

papertigers.org: featuring Pacific Rim and South Asian peoples and cultures through children's and young adult books. Features interviews, essential reading, resources, and reviews. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

South Asia and the South Asia Diaspora in Children's Literature from Pooja Makhijani.

Wher is the Green Sheep?

Learn more
about: Mem Fox.

Biblia: The Warrior Librarian: with Biblia on the job, you won't even miss Xena. A must-visit site that offers "a completely different perspective on school libraries in Australia." Humorous and fascinating.

Children's Book Council of Australia: features Children's Book of the Year Awards, author/illustrator information, Children's Book Week events and exhibitions, and more.

The Lu Rees Archive of Australian Children's Literature: "a collection of resources encouraging the study and research of Australian children's literature. The Archives was established in 1974 and since 1980 has been located within the Library at the University of Canberra in Canberra, Australia. The collection includes 12,000 books including over 800 translations, a large collection of manuscripts and artwork and an extensive collection of research material on Australian children's and young adults authors and illustrators."

Story-Go-Round: A Guide to Children's Books from Lorraine Orman. A New Zealand librarian's site with an international focus. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Let’s Hear It for the Boy(s)! by Karen Rock from Cynsations. Peek: “Gender generalizations are perilous at best. While boys’ tastes are as eclectic and varied as they are, one universal truth holds true. They seek authors who speak to them through relatable characters, meaningful action, and authenticity.”

Boy Characters in YA by Mary Kole from Kidlit.com. Peek: "One way that writers with boy main characters in YA can be successful is if they take lots of girl appeal..."

GREAT BOOKS FOR BOYS: MORE THAN 600 BOOKS FOR BOYS 2 TO 14 by Kathleen Odean (Ballatine, 1998). Annotated listings for raising strong, sensitive sons with a love of quality literature. Although there are a couple of such books on the market, Odean's are particularly outstanding.

The Guy Box by Alex Sanchez from Cynsations. Peek: “Whereas we allow girls a wide range of emotional expression, boys are too often given the message that they shouldn’t show or feel almost any emotion, whether it be hurt, loneliness, sadness, grief, or even too much joy.”

Guys Lit Wire: an ongoing examination of boy-oriented reads from various contributors.

Guys Read: Encouraging Boys to Love Books from NPR.

Guys Read: "to motivate boys to read by connecting them with materials they will want to read, in ways they like to read."

Why Adults Can't Read Boy Readers by children's book author Marc Aronson.

YA Speculative Fiction "Boy" Books: a bibliography by Leah Cypress from The Enchanted Inkpot.

Please make a resource suggestion.

CanLit for Kids: Outstanding Recently Published Canadian Children's Books. Peek: "Our goal is to meet the needs of school libraries by providing recently published, high quality books that are affordable, relevant and reflect upon our Canadian heritage, values and culture."

Summer Edward's Caribbean Children's Literature: "The premiere blog for Caribbean children's and YA (young adult) books, illustration, reviews, giveaways, author interviews, publishing tips, etcetera, etcetera."

Legend of the Valentine

THE LEGEND OF
THE VALENTINE
by Katherine Grace
Bond,
illustrated by
Don Tate.

Children's Crown Award: national award sponsored by the National Christian School Association.

Christian YA Fiction: contemporary series.

The Christian Writing Market: A Place for Beginners by Marcia Laycock from Writing-World.com.

Faithful Fiction (and Other Genres) for Teens from Berkely County Library.

The Growing and Changing Christian Magazine and Book Markets with Terry Whalin: a chatlog from The Institute of Children's Literature.

What About the Catholics? from Liz B at A Chair, A Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy. Peek: "On the one hand, as a child I assumed every character in a book was like me until I was told differently. Unless there was evidence to the contrary, the characters were Catholic like me. Of course, that's not true. I think some authors perhaps do that deliberately (not mentioning religion at all). So what about the Catholics?"

World Religions: Christianity from The Horn Book.

Writing for the Teen Religious Market by Kathryn Lay from Writing-World.com; emphasis on Christian publications.

The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed

THE VOYAGE OF
PATIENCE GOODSPEED
by Heather Vogel Frederick.

ACHUKA: Children's Books UK: a mega site of author interviews, great links, industry news, and more. One of the more fun major launch sites into children's literature, net-wide. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Beyond the Shamrock: An Irish Dozen selected by Deborah Stevenson, Editor from the Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books.

Greek Children's Literature Page by Dominique Sandis Ph.D. Candidate at the University of the Aegean, Rhodes -- Greece. Includes: "Taking a Stroll Through Time Within the Realm of Greek Children's Literature" "Translations and Adaptations of Literary Works for Children in Greece;" "A Small Presentation of Current Trends in Greek Children's Literature Criticism;" "News, Personal Commentary and Useful Information;" "Selective Bibliography of Greek Children's Literature Criticism Texts" and "New Publications." HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Locked Inside by Nancy Werlin
LOCKED INSIDE
by Nancy Werlin.

Amelia Bloomer Project from the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association.

Book Divas: "the leading online book club for young adult and college readers and we've been around since 2002." Note: membership is 95% female.

Complications of Gender in the World of Children's Books by Uma Krishnaswami from Women Doing Literary Things. Peek: "No one talks about girls who don't read. Presumably there are some. Why are we not in a stew about them? And why does everyone talk about boys who don't read as if they were representative of all boys?"

GREAT BOOKS FOR GIRLS: MORE THAN 600 RECOMMENDED BOOKS FOR GIRLS AGES 3-14 by Kathleen Odean, Chair of the 2002 Newbery Award Committee (Ballantine, 2002). Annotated listings for raising strong, thoughtful daughters with a love of quality literature. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Editing Books for Girls When You're a Boy by Daniel Nayeri of Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Peek: "As a male editor in children's books/YA books, I get a lot of questions around the fact that there aren't a lot of male editors in the children's books/YA books."

Readergirlz badgereadergirlz: an online book salon celebrating gutsy girls in life and literature.See also Dia Calhoun, Janet Lee Carey, Lorie Ann Grover, and Justina Chen Headley on Readergirlz, from Cynsations.

Women and Gender Studies from the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection.

What a Girl Wants #4: The girl vs the woman (when it comes to reading) from Chasing Ray. Peek: "...if YA did not exist would teens still be getting the best reading experience?" From Sara Ryan: "I think the YA authors who nail teen girls' voices credibly--and part of that is recognizing that a monolithic Teen Girl Voice does not exist--respect girls and their lives in a way that authors of adult books with teen girl characters often don't."

Américas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature from The Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) at the Center for Latin America, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: lists criteria and past winners.

Annotated Bibliography of Children's Literature focusing on Latino History, People, and Culture from CLNet.

BronzeWord's Blog: offers writers information on publishing news, especially that with an impact on Latinos/as, Latino/a book awards, Latino/a author's new releases, agents and editors views and needs, writing techniques, contests guidelines, and conference information and marketing and promotional strategies.

Central America: A Bibliography of Children's Books from the Internet School Library Media Center.

Críticas: An English Speaker's Guide to the Latest Spanish-Language Titles: "an authoritative one-stop source for English-language reviews of new adult and children's titles from the national and international Spanish-language publishing world. It also covers Spanish-language publishing news as it pertains to U.S. readers, librarians, and booksellers."

Cuentecitos: Reviews, Views & News on Latino Children’s and YA Literature.

Elizabeth O. Dulemba on Writing Bilingual Books from Cynsations.

Hispanic Authors Recommended for an Author Visit from Nancy Keane's Booktalks. A listing.

Latino Books from The Horn Book.

Mexico: A Bibliography of Children's Books from the Internet School Library Media Center.

Multicultural Bibliography: South America & West Indies from the Internet School Library Media Center.

Puerto Rico: A Bibliography of Children's Books: prepared by Wendy Lanehart and Inez Ramsey from the Internet School Library Media Center.

The Pura Belpre Award from the American Library Association.

Selecting Hispanic Books for School Libraries by Susan Anhold.

PICTURE BOOKS BY LATINO WRITERS: A GUIDE FOR LIBRARIANS, TEACHERS,PARENTS, AND STUDENTS by Sherry York (Linworth, 2002). This informative guide focuses on picture books of original stories (not translations or retellings) by U.S. Latino writers that are set in the U.S. and currently in print (English or bilingual formats). Includes: a chapter on The Need for Authentic Latino Literature; extensively annotated bibliography; author biographies; and more. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

RECOMMENDED BOOKS IN SPANISH FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS: 1996 THROUGH 1999 by Isabel Schon, director of the Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents at California State University, San Marcos (Scarecrow Press, 2000).

Dust From Old Bones

DUST FROM
OLD BONES
by Sandra Forrester.

Bibliography of Books Related to Mixed-Race Identity (including children's books) by the Association of MultiEthnic Americans. Features books not currently listed on this page.

Children's and Young Adult Books with Interracial Family Themes from CYALR.

Learn more about: Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu.

 

The Book of Life: Jewish People and the Books We Read: a blog by Heidi Estrin, library director at Congregation B'nai Israel in Boca Raton, Florida. Note: Heidi is "President of the South Florida Chapter of the Association of Jewish Libraries, as well as Past Chair of AJL's Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee."

Chicken Soup by Heart

CHICKEN SOUP
BY HEART
by Esther Hershenhorn,
illustrated by
Roseanne Litzinger

Children's Books about Jewish Religion and Culture by Wendy Betts. Includes citations to reviews featured in Notes from the Windowsill.

forwordsbooks from Kathy Bloomfield. "From the very beginning, forwordsbooks has always focused on bringing the best in Jewish children’s literature to the school’s we serve. But we have also had another, rather unique niche, in the types of books we have tried to deliver to our core audience. In addition to the best in Jewish children’s literature, we also look for secular books with Jewish values content."

The Holocaust and Children’s Literature from Carol Hurt’s Children’s Literature Web Site.

Host a Jewish Book Author: lists Jewish book authors worldwide, searchable by name, location, or genre. Each listing includes the author's city, book titles (up to four), lecture topics, areas of travel, along with contact information. Note: this is not a booking agency. It's a clearing house for JCCs, Federations, synagogues, book clubs, libraries, bookstores, and others who want to arrange visits and signings with authors. Authors themselves decide on the contact information to be listed on the site.

Jewish Book Publishing News: a free biannual e-mail newsletter for booksellers, librarians, publishers, literary agents, and others with an interest in Jewish books. Each issue lists author contact information, along with dates and locations of book signings and programs featuring Jewish books. Past issues of the column (with hotlinks) are available on the Anna Olswanger Books website. Visitors can subscribe to the column by going to http://www.olswanger.com and clicking on "Subscribe to Jewish Book Publishing News."

Jewish Children's Books by Marjorie Ingall from Tablet. See also Marjorie's extended list. Source: A Fuse #8 Production.

Jewish Stars: Recommended Books With Jewish Themes for Schools and Libraries (PDF format) is now available on the Web site of the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL).

New Jewish Values Finder: A Guide To Values in Jewish Children's Books from the Association of Jewish Libraries: a continuously updated database of Jewish children's books searchable by values, subjects, author, title, grade level, publisher, illustrator, and year of publication; a book bag that allows you to select titles from searches you have done and print them into lists that give full information about each book, including notes on content and the values they contain; information about children's books that have won Jewish book awards and others that have received honors or notable book status; news about Jewish children's literature and book publishing; links to other sites related to Jewish children's literature.

Passover Books by Jennifer Schultz at The Kiddosphere. Peek: "My favorite type of holiday books for children are the ones that are all-inclusive; they make both the observer and non-observer welcome. Holiday books for children can easily fall into the trap of making the observers of that holiday 'Other' and exotic."

The Sidney Taylor Book Award from the Association of Jewish Libraries.

Eva Mozes Kor on Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz from Cynsations.

Where the Wild Things Aren't: Lamenting the predictability of Jewish kids' lit, a writer takes matters into her own hands by Laurel Snyder from Nextbook: A New Read on Jewish Culture. Peek: "I can envision sweet, silly characters and ridiculous situations—a rabbinic Cat in the Hat. A crazy time-traveling sukkah. Books as wild and wonderful as anything the secular market offers. I can imagine them. Now I have to write them."

The Whole Megillah: The Writer's Resource for Jewish-themed Children's Books: from Barbara Krasner "to provide writers of Jewish-themed content for young readers a helpful resource. This blog will contain entries about: Jewish history; book reviews; interviews with and guest blogs by authors, editors, agents, and librarians; event news; research information, e.g., Jewish museums and archives."

Books on Islam for Teens and Children: an annotated bibliography from ALSC. Peek: "This list was developed by the Quicklists Consulting Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association."

My Name is BilalChildren's Books with Muslim and Related Cultural Themes from Rukhsana Khan. Categories include contemporary picture books, contemporary novels and short story collections, folktales, nonfiction, and other resources for educators.

Literature for Young People: Islamic Traditions and Muslim Cultures by Kay E. Vandergrift.

Bibliography of Recommended Books with Islamic Themes or Muslim Characters from Asma Mobin-Uddin.

World Religions: Islam from The Horn Book.

American Indian/Alaskan Native Book List from Talk Story: sharing stories, sharing culture.

American Indians in Children's Literature from Debbie Reese.

American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving from Debbie Reese at American Indians in Children's Literature. Debbie points to a PDF file of resources provided to parents and educators by the National Museum of the American Indian as well as recommended books for young readers.

Books with Native American Indian Characters and Themes from CYALR. Features links related to Native themes in children's books and Native literature as well as links of special interest to teachers and librarians.

"Get the Indians Out of the Cupboard" the first in a week-long series of posts about reflections of Native people in youth literature from Nancy Bo Flood and Debby Edwardson.

Joseph Bruchac Video Interview from Scholastic.

"A Different Drum: Native American Writing" by Cynthia Leitich Smith, "Field Notes," (The Horn Book Magazine, July 2002)(p.407). A discussion of the value of vulnerability of Native American writing styles in the mainstream market.

Jingle DancerJINGLE DANCER by Cynthia Leitich Smith, illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu.

Honoring Alaska's Indigenous Literature from Alaska Native Knowledge Network at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

"If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything": "assisting Indian Communities in Increasing Literacy Skills While Preserving Native American Identity."

Native American Spirituality in Children's Books by Debby Dahl Edwardson from Through the Tollbooth. Peek: "The question you, as a non-Native writer, should ask yourself is this: why don’t Native writers put overt references to Native religion, spirituality and worship in their books? Take a minute to think about it. This is important."

National Museum of the American Indian Education Print Resources: "Please feel free to download PDFs of our teaching materials, below." Note: you can also order hard copies.

"Native Now: Contemporary Indian Stories" by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Book Links, December 2000).

Native American Youth Services Literature Award from the American Indian Library Association.

Native Voices by Debbie Reese from School Library Journal. Peek: "As we approach 2009, stereotypical images of American Indians as bloodthirsty savages and tragic, heroic warriors still strike fear and evoke sympathy as they traipse across the pages of children's books." Note: article includes an bibliography of reading recommendations for elementary through high school readers.

Oyate: a Native organization emphasizing the need for accuracy and respect in historical and contemporary depictions of Native peoples as well as an appreciation of stories written, told, and illustrated by Native people.

Learn more about Joseph Bruchac, Louise Erdrich, Joy Harjo, Devon A. Mihesuah, and Tim Tingle.

Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers: "to ensure the voices of Native and indigenous writers and storytellers — past, present, and future — are heard throughout the world."

Sarah and the Naked Truth

SARAH AND THE
NAKED TRUTH by
Elisa Carbone.

HAPPY EVER AFTERS: A STORYBOOK GUIDE TO TEACHING CHILDREN ABOUT DISABILITY by Kathy Sanders (Trentham Books, 2000). Overview of related issues includes annotated bibliography of suggested titles and discussion prompts. Available in paperback.

Children's Literature and Disability from the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities.

Creating Characters with Disabilities Who Are NOT Stereotypes by Carrie Jones from Through the Tollbooth. Here's a sneak peek: “Writers can and should incorporate characters with epilepsy and disabilities into children’s fiction and they can do it without perpetuating negative biases against people with disabilities. To do so, authors must be aware of the stereotypes, write against the stereotypes, and create well-rounded characters.”

Disability in Children's Books by Renee Grassi from ALSC Blog. Note: annotated bibliography of recommended reads.

Dolly Gray Award recognizes books offering positive depictions of children with developmental disabilities.

A Guide To Children's Literature And Disabilities from the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities.

Scheider Family Book Award from the American Library Association "for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences."

The Voices of Autism: A look at some recent books about autism and the people who write them by Suzanne Crowley from School Library Journal. Peek: "What I found were some richly textured works with highly unusual voices, individuals trying to cope and navigate their worlds in unusual ways, and, most surprisingly, characters who possessed sharp insights into human nature and who had much to teach us. And their authors had heartfelt and personal reasons for sharing their stories." See also The Spectrum of Autism Fiction from J.L. Bell at Oz and Ends.

Julie Anne Peters on LGBTQ and Controversial YA Literature from Adventures in YA and Children's Publishing. Peek: "Feeling that you're normal, and that you have a community that loves and embraces you for who you are, provides the kind of emotional well-being that we all need to survive and thrive."

Book List of Books for Gay and Lesbian Youth and Teens from Pinkbooks.

Gay In YA: GLBT Characters & Pairings in YA Fiction: "a forum, blog, and fansite dedicated to everything gay in YA!"

GLBTQ & Allies Authors Group: "authors and other children's literature professionals of fiction and nonfiction featuring gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer/questioning, gender-fluid, and transgender characters… You do not have to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer/questioning, gender-fluid, or transgender yourself in order to belong to the group, however you must understand and respect our mission if you're a member, and you must be writing about, or have an interest in writing about, this demographic."

GLBTQ Book List for Youth from the Rainbow Project, "co-sponsored by the American Library Association's Social Responsibility Round Table and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Round Table, an annual bibliography for young readers from birth through age 18.

Great Gay Teen Books Recommended by author Alex Sanchez.

I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell Do I Read? "The Place to find out about Young Adult fiction books with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning characters and themes...and other cool stuff from Lee Wind, Teen Action Fantasy author."

Inclusion from Arthur A. Levine's Blog. Peek: "...the Lambda Literary Foundation has changed the rules for its literary award, so that it is granted to an author who identifies as LBGT, rather than a book that portrays the LGBT experience..." Note: includes thoughtful discussion in the comments from youth literature professionals with varying opinions. References Too Gay or Not Gay Enough? by Ellen Wittlinger from The Horn Book.

Rainbow Books 2010: a bibliography of picture books as well as fiction and nonfiction for older children and teens from ALA Rainbow Project. Peek: "The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table and the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association have released the 2010 Rainbow Project Bibliography of recommended titles for youth from birth to age 18 that contain significant and authentic gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (GLBTQ) content."

Rainbow Reading: Gay and Lesbian Characters and Themes in Children's Books by Wendy E. Betts from Notes from the Windowsill.

The Rainbow List: 2009 from GLBTQ Books for Children and Teens.

Stats on LGBT Young Adult Books Published in the United States from Malinda Lo. Peek: "...a number of LGBT YA books weren't actually about an LGBT teen, but rather were about a straight teen and his LGBT parents or adult guardians." Note: nifty use of graphs and charts.

Why We Should Include GLBTQ Characters and Themes in our Writing and Illustrating by Lee Wind from I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell Do I Read? Peek: "You certainly don't need to be GLBTQ to write a GLBTQ character – any more than you need to be male to write about boy characters."

Worth the Trip: Queer Books for Kids and Teens. See sidebar for lists of GLBTQ authors, resources, library recommendations, and more!