Thanks to a fantastic article from The Atlantic on Disney’s long-standing incorporation of LGBT issues into the films and operations of the production company, we’ve been thinking about queer friendly kid lit. And we weren’t surprised to learn that a lot of people are thinking – and writing! – about it too.
One book we’re proud to carry in the ITA is Francesca Lia Block’s Weetzie Bat (published in 1989!), a teen reader’s stylized introduction to issues surrounding homosexuality. But there are so many others out there, like Stephen Chbosky’s classic The Perks of Being a Wallflower for the young adult crowd, and children’s books And Tango Makes Three and Daddy’s Roommate.
Over the last few years, more and more authors are publishing young adult novels that not only approach but delve deeply into the experience of growing up with a queer identity. Here are just a few worth sharing with teens and parents to help make having the conversation about LGBT issues more frequent and balanced. Tell us in the comments if you’ve read more!