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Reading LGBTQ+ Children's Picture Books

Reading LGBTQ+ Children's Picture Books

Edited by Jennifer Miller & Sara Austin
Series: Children's Literature Association Series

Hardcover : 9781496854902, 280 pages, 11 b&w illustrations; 5 tables, January 2025
Paperback : 9781496854957, 280 pages, 11 b&w illustrations; 5 tables, January 2025
Expected to ship: 2025-01-15
Expected to ship: 2025-01-15

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Reading LGBTQ+ Children’s Picture Books: An Introduction
Jennifer Miller

Part 1: Representing LGBTQ+ Families in North American Picture Books
Chapter 2: From Roommates to Spouses: Shifting Representations of Marriage Equality in US Picture Books from 1995 to 2020
Jason Vanfosson
Chapter 3: “That’s Not a Family”: Microaggressions, Resilience, and Agency in Depictions of Same-Sex-Parented Families
Dana Rudolph
Chapter 4: Representation Matters Now More Than Ever: Transgender and Nonbinary Parents in Children’s Picture Books
Rob Bittner

Part 2: Real(istic) Representations of GIaNTs in Picture Books
Chapter 5: Exceptional, Bullied, or Normal in the End: Representation of GIaNTs (Gender Independent, Nonbinary, and Trans) in Picture Books
j wallace skelton
Chapter 6: Be Who You Are!, I Am Jazz, I’m Not a Girl, and Sam! Picturing Trans Childhoods
Sara Austin

Part 3: Mapping Representations in European Picture Books
Chapter 7: The Road to Hell: Scandinavian LGBTQ+ Picturebooks
B. J. Woodstein
Chapter 8: Il y a plein de façons de composer une famille: Some Recent French-Language LGBTQ+ Picture Books
Tim Morris

Part 4: Queer(ing) Culture
Chapter 9: Many Dances, Many Regalias: Supporting the Two-Spirit Child in 47,000 Beads
Kaylee Jangula Mootz
Chapter 10: Queering Christmas: An Autoethnographic Author Interview about Publishing The Christmas Truck
J. Bradley Blankenship
Chapter 11: The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish: Playing Around with Gender and Celebrating Difference
River Vooris

Part 5: World Making in LGBTQ+ Children’s Picture Books
Chapter 12: Apples Begone: Queer and Trans of Color Aesthetics of Joy in ABC Books
Isabel Millán
Chapter 13: Children’s Imagination and the Desire for Something Different: Nonhuman Subjects in LGBTQ+ Children’s Literature and the Possibility of More Just Futures
Caitlin Howlett

Part 6: LGBTQ+ Nonfiction Children’s Picture Books
Chapter 14: AIDS and the Antisocial Subject in Queer Biographical Picture Books: A Case Study on Keith Haring
Gabriel Duckels
Chapter 15: Now vs. Then, Here vs. There: Queer Identity and Community in Picture-Book Biographies
Jennifer Miller

About the Contributors

An engaging collection of original scholarship on LGBTQ+ children’s picture books


Contributions by Sara Austin, Robert Bittner, J. Bradley Blankenship, Gabriel Duckels, Caitlin Howlett, Isabel Millán, Jennifer Miller, Kaylee Jangula Mootz, Tim Morris, Dana Rudolph, j wallace skelton, Jason Vanfosson, River Vooris, and B. J. Woodstein

Picture books are books aimed at children where the illustrations are as important, or more important, than the text. Picture books, the effects of their simple text and importance in the literary cannon, have been studied by scholars for decades, but little attention has been given to LGBTQ+ picture books. Reading LGBTQ+ Children’s Picture Books is a collection of essays that identifies and interprets children’s picture books that explicitly represent LGBTQ+ content.

Contributors to the volume include established and emerging scholars with expertise in the fields of children’s literature, young adult literature, cultural studies, critical race and ethnic studies, gender and sexuality studies, history, and education. Each essay introduces readers to several children’s books that denote unmistakable LGBTQ+ content. Essays bring various interpretive frameworks and intellectual commitments to their unique readings of LGBTQ+ children’s picture books. The essays in Reading LGBTQ+ Children’s Picture Books produce innovative new scholarship about a range of topics including representations of LGBTQ+ marriage and parenting and LGBTQ+ history and culture. The topics explored, and theoretical frameworks applied, significantly expand available and accessible up-to-date scholarship on the growing field of LGBTQ+ children’s picture books.